Beginners: Draw with Shading

Learning the ability to draw with shading correctly will greatly improve your drawing skills. In this art tutorial, the third in my series on drawing for beginners and children, I explain how to use shading to create depth and distance in a drawing. I demonstrate how, by varying the pressure on the pencil, you can create different tones of shading. I then focus on two important techniques:

1. Contrast – to draw with shading will create contrast you can make objects appear to stand out, dark against light will often make the lighter object stand out.
2. Shading objects lighter next to dark objects, the darker objects will often come forward, this is the basis of creating depth in a drawing.

Don’t forget when you draw with shading to make sure the contrast between to darkest tones and the lightest tones should be as great as possible.

Check out my easy drawing tutorial on How to Draw with Curves

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