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Understand Light & Shadow – Create Depth, Sense of Realism, the Illusion of 3D on Your Drawings & Sketches by Shading

Description

In this beginner drawing course you can learn one of the most useful, rewarding and exciting drawing skills called shading or rendering. Understand how light & shadow work on different surfaces in order to create depth on you artworks. Whatever technique you prefer – sketching, drawing or painting – understanding how shadows are created is crucial for creating a believable illusion of reality (3D).

 

In this course I’ll show you the basics, as well as some of the advanced techniques of shading which you can use to create both simplistic and realistic drawings. We will go from simple to more complex forms step by step.

 

 

 

What previous drawing experience do you need?

 

Some basic drawing skills would be useful, but not mandatory for this course. I designed the lessons in a way that you can also benefit from it with very little or zero previous drawing experience.

 

 

 

What drawing tools do you need?

 

You can start this beginner drawing course without any special drawing tool. I’ll be using mostly a regular 2B graphite pencil on cheap office papers. For demonstration purposes I will also use some other drawing tools which you can purchase along the way if you like them.

 

 

 

What can you expect by completing this course?

 

You will understand how light and shadow work on simple forms. And if you know that complex objects are built from simple forms, actually you will know a lot. You will know the basic terms and concepts of shading, and you’ll be able to make eye-catching, believable, well-shaded realistic drawings or sketches about simple subjects. There will be plenty of drawing exercises, so your drawing skills will get a huge boost. By the end of this course you’ll also be ready to explore more advanced shading techniques without difficulties.

 

 

 

Course Content

 

Day 1 – Light & Shadow

 

Value change equals form change

 

Pencil grades

 

The value scale

 

Some shading techniques

 

Light & Shadow

 

Direction of Light

 

The ideal lighting setup

 

The “1-2-3 read” concept

 

How to assign values to surfaces

 

Day 1 Assignment (shading exercise)

 

Day 2 – The Cast Shadow

 

What is cast shadow?

 

The cast shadow of a stick

 

Quick perspective drawing overview

 

The cast shadow of the cube

 

Sunlight & local light scenario

 

The line of termination

 

Cast shadow of a complex planar form

 

Day 2 Assignment (cast shadow construction drawing exercise)

 

Day 3 – Curved Volumes

 

The cast shadow of the cylinder

 

The occlusion shadow

 

The cast shadow of the cone

 

Soft shadow edges

 

The cast shadow of the sphere

 

Different lighting setups for the sphere (top light, back light, side light)

 

Day 3 Assignment (cast shadow construction and realistic shading exercise)

 

Day 4 – The Form Shadow & the Light Side

 

The core shadow

 

How to shade the light side

 

Shadow cast on other objects

 

How to shade concave surfaces

 

Shading a hollow brick shape

 

Shading a sphere with inward curve

 

Realistic shading of a coffee mug

 

Blending values

 

The background value

 

More shading techniques

 

Day 4 Assignment (all kinds of shading exercises)

 

Day 5 – Figure Shading Studies

 

Putting it all together

 

Plan your shadow pattern

 

Shading with graphite pencil

 

Shading with charcoal pencils on colored paper

 

Shading with dye inks (marker)

 

Shading with color pencils

 

Day 5 Assignment (create your own figure shading)

If you’d like to take your drawing skills to the next level, enroll in this course now!

See you in the first lesson!

Who this course is for:

beginners who’d like to develop themselves at drawing

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