why so shady, guys??
Hey! As I was drawing (I’m working on a big surprise!), I remembered an idea that I had around Valentine’s Day last year: drawing for dummies. So not everyone is a great artist, and I don’t think I am all that amazing either. So I wanted to give my readers some drawing tutorials that aren’t vague and hard to follow. So, drawing for dummies was born…. Please welcome: a new series on my blog!
This first episode covers the basics: shading. (Please excuse the bad photos, I hope you can still see what I’m doing.)
THE PHOTOS AND STEPS BELOW ARE IN ORDER OF THE STEPS SHOWN BY ROW.
1. Start off by drawing a little house shape: a simple square pyramid on top of a cube. What we’re going to be drawing is a house, with the shade falling on the side of the roof.
2. ^^ See where I’m pointing? Make small horizontal lines starting from the top corner of the roof. Then make vertical lines on top, as if to make a checked pattern. You can make some of the lines darker than others, because shade doesn’t always fall across a roof perfectly.
3. Take the pad of your finger,
4. And carefully smudge the checks you drew.
5. (First picture in 2nd row) It will look a bit messy, and not perfectly blended in or natural. Keep shading it until you are pleased with how the shading looks.
6. Erase any shading that went out of the lines.
7. Now carefully re-define the other lines on the house with a firm hand. The lines should look darker, and the shading will look natural, as if the sun is actually on the other side.
8. (First photo in row 3) Now draw an apple. Most people would be content with just coloring it red and being done with it, but nope! Sorry, guys! We’re being fancy. Repeat the “hatched” pattern that you drew on the side of the roof on the house, on one side of the apple.
9. Now, instead of using the pad of your finger, use your knuckles to blend in the pencil. It will go smoother and is better for getting into small spaces- like drawings of apples!
10. You shouldn’t have too much to erase, but if some of your shading goes outside the lines, then feel free to.
Shading makes drawings look a lot more realistic, and when done right, is a technique that makes most artists feel LIKE A BOSS.
Did this help? Are you excited for the next episode of Drawing for Dummies?
P.S. 100 posts on this blog! Wow! Time flies. 🙂