1. Learning how to Shade and Shadow

Shadowing and shading are important techniques because of the extra detail they add to a picture or painting. The key to being successful when shading is to always have a point where the sun is shining from.

When you shadow you should always draw a fine outline. That is a key to shadowing. For shadowing most people hold their pencil or other item differently.

If you hold your pencil, like when you write, it will be easier to add more detail. Detail is more important in areas such as, painting, pastels and clay.

Another key to shadowing is to make sure that you have almost a perfect outline of your figure before you start shadowing. Then after you make an outline you can start to shade in the outline lightly. Once you’ve done that you’re practically done except for the extra detail you want in your picture like houses, trees, mountains, etc.

Learning Perspective Drawing

Perspective also deals with shadowing. There are two types of perspective, one-point and two-point. In perspective you have to draw the vanishing point.

This is a dot placed in any part of the picture that shows where the horizon ends. Then the key is to line everything up with the vanishing point.

Draw very lightly, because some of it won’t be in the picture. That tip will save your eraser and time. Curving the lines in a picture will also make it look more like a camera shot, which gives a more realistic feeling to your picture.

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