how to shade

How to Shade

Step 1.

This step just explains some cool facts about shading. I will retype what I wrote in the image above for those of you that cannot see too well. It say "When you shade, you always have to define your light source. This will make your shading more realistic and alive looking".

Step 2.

This is just a quick reference to how you are supposed to shade. I used an elf girl as a reference just to show you what I mean. This step says "When you shade this way, you normally scratch on a piece of paper in a small area. This is a typical type of shading that almost everyone uses. Use a cotton swab to blend in the graphite for a smooth blended look.

Step 3.

This is a cool step that talks about circular shading. "Shading in a circular motion is also commonly used by different artists. When using this shading technique, take your pencil and use it in a light spin motion in small circles. To blend, use a cotton swab".

Step 4.

Crosshatch shading is another technique used in drawing. "When you crosshatch, you are stroking small lines over and over in different directions. If you shade small lines horizontally, you will have to flip the paper vertically and draw over the set of lines you originally created".

Step 5.

Okay on with the tutorial. Draw a great big circle.

Step 6.

Start the shading process start off dark at the edges and lighter as you move into the circle.

Step 7.

You will now shade in the mid section even more darker as you see here. The light source is as you see coming from the upper right hand side of the circle.

Step 8.

Add more shading to the entire sphere and then blend the shading in as you see here. There is nothing to erase, just move to the final step to see what the end results look like.

Step 9.

Here is what your shaded sphere looks like when you are completely done. All you have to do now is use the technique you just learned with this lesson that taught you "how to shade step by step".

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Uploaded: October 8, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 9
Updated: October 9, 2009
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Artist comments

This is going to be a wicked fun tutorial for some of you all. What I will be giving you a lesson on next is a simple guide to teach you “how to shade step by step”. I do a lot of drawing tutorials and almost all of my art has some form of shading to accentuate the person, place or object that I am drawing or just drew. I get a lot of e-mails that ask me how I shade the way I do and all I can say is practice and a lot of reading from art technique books that I constantly buy once every month. I have read so many different books to teach myself how to draw, shade, color, and sketch. I have not yet perfected any of these techniques yet, though I am pretty close to being at the level I want to be when it comes to coloring. I think my coloring skills are pretty good and the more days that go by, the better I become. I am always coloring every single lesson I create and layout. That is another tutorial that I will submit in the near future because I think that everyone needs to learn "how to color the right way". What I can teach you guys from my tutorials, would take someone many days, months, hours, minutes, and seconds to achieve and learn on their own without books. I love drawing and I am very pleased to take my skills and put some use to what I love to do. This lesson will show you different types of shading techniques on three different objects. I do hope you learn something new from this lesson that will teach you “how to shade step by step”. There is nothing better than shading in a drawing the right way especially when that drawing took you a long time to finish. Well time for me to go, and it’s time for you to get shading. I will be joining you guys later with two more lessons. Peace out and happy drawing, I mean shading!

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