Shading is a drawing skill allowing you to create the illusion of depth in your art pieces. In order to achieve a three-dimension reality to your drawings, you will need to choose from the different shading tones and values and use the appropriate one. Of course, it is just as important to know what pencil or tools to use in achieve the right tone.
If you’re still in high school and would like to get into an art or design program in college, then you’re in luck!
In this post, we at PortPrep would like to share you some of the best online resources about shading techniques for basic and intermediates. This post aims to help you develop your drawing skills and create stronger pieces to be included in your art portfolio.
NOTE: Before you begin, you need to build your foundations in drawing by mastering hand-drawing basics. Once you have the knowledge and the concepts down pat, only then should you proceed with learning shading techniques.
Idiot’s Guide covers the basics of shading such as the different types, how to draw them, and when each are used. The post is drawn from Brenda Hoddinott’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated, which you can buy here. Click on the title to visit the page.
Here’s a tutorial post from HowtoDraw.. by Lou Pemberton that discusses using a single pencil as opposed to a pencil set when shading, the different grades in pencil drawing, how to create a share, and more! Click on the title to visit the page.
A graduated tone is a shading technique allowing drawers to create a sense of space. The pencil shading exercises in this post at Art Factory will help your proficiency in shading using a graduated tone. Click on the title to visit the page.
If you want a demonstration on how to do shading the right way, then you’ll get it from Youtube user WeiWorks. In the video below, Wei shows the proper way of tipping the pencil in order to drawing the shade in the reference picture from start to finish!
Mastery of Illusion: Learn The Laws of Shade and Shadow and Master The Art of Sight Measuring Objects with Accuracy
This resource is part of the Drawn to Success Portfolio Building Boot Camp hosted by PortPrep and ArtStory. This course aims to help students dramatically improve their drawing skills, in particular their sight measuring and shading techniques. Upon mastering these skills, they will be able to create stronger artworks as part of their college art portfolio.
This course will be taught by “The Admission Insider” and PortPrep owner Karen Kesteloot. She is an accomplished art instructor who has a proven track record of getting students into arts college. Through PortPrep, she offers FREE Portfolio Assessment and premium coaching services so students can increase their chances of getting into their art or design school of choice.
For an idea on how Karen shares her knowledge to students, below is a video of her teaching sight measuring to one of her students.
For more information about the importance of sight measuring, click here! Mastery of Illusion will take place at July 15-17, 2014 (11am-5pm) for $175CAD. If you are interested in getting into arts college and becoming a successful artist in the future, then take this course by clicking on the BUY NOW button below.
If you want to find out the other courses available at the Drawn to Success Portfolio Building Boot Camp, click here.