The newest edition of How To Draw Cool Stuff is now available!
Shading is one of the easiest ways of adding depth, contrast, character and movement to your drawings. By controlling pencil pressure and stroke, understanding light and having knowledge of blending techniques, an artist can enhance their work and offer the “wow” factor needed to produce photorealistic artworks. Drawing Dimensions - A Shading Guide for Teachers and Students offers a series of shading tutorials that are easy to understand and simple to follow, it goes beyond the standard "step by step" instruction to offer readers an in-depth look at a variety of shading techniques and their applications. Inside this book is a series of lessons designed to teach you how to add dimensions to your own drawings, how to analyze real life objects and shade, create highlights, blend tones and produce realistic drawings with ease. Other types of shading covered in this book include hatching, cross hatching and stippling techniques, you'll also learn how to use contrast to set a mood and create a focal point, at last - we’ll put all of these skills to the test and work together to produce a beautiful piece of art.
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“Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques” is an interactive online class on Craftsy.
I’m going to teach you how to bring your drawing skills to a new level with simple shading techniques. You’ll learn the importance of light sources, how to identify and replicate them and the fundamentals of creating shape and volume with basic shading and contrast. We’ll analyze objects to see how shape and contour affects the way we shade and you’ll see why understanding your light source can be the most important part of shading. I’ll show you how to create highlights and blend tones, then demonstrate some cross-hatching and stippling techniques using pen. We’ll discuss the importance of contrast to create mood and set a focal point, and finally we’ll put all of these skills together to create a drawing that’s sure to impress. You'll find lots of resources to help you along the way in your Class Materials. I will be there to help if you have any questions. Follow the link to Craftsy and check it out!
How to Draw Cool Stuff shows simple step-by-step illustrations that make it easy for anyone to draw cool stuff with precision and confidence. These pages will guide you through the basic principles of illustration by concentrating on easy-to-learn shapes that build into complex drawings. With the step-by-step guidelines provided, anything can become easy to draw. This book contains a series of fun, hands-on exercises that will help you see line, shape, space and other elements in everyday objects and turn them into detailed works of art in just a few simple steps. The exercises in this book will help train your brain so you can visualize ordinary objects in a different manner, allowing you to see through the eyes of an artist. From photorealistic faces to holiday themes and tattoo drawings, How to Draw Cool Stuff makes drawing easier than you would think and more fun than you ever imagined! Now is the time to learn how to draw the subjects and scenes you've always dreamt of drawing. How to Draw Cool Stuff is suitable for artists of any age benefiting everyone from teachers and students to self-learners and hobbyists. How to Draw Cool Stuff will help you realize your artistic potential and expose you to the pure joy of drawing!
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Pick up the March 2013 issue of South Shore Living to see an article about CVHolmes and the "Faux Fresco" technique