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Need an EASY pencil shading drawing tutorial that's simple enough to do even if you've never tried shading a drawing before? You're in the right place!
Today we're creating 3 line drawings & taking them to the next level by adding a simple shadow with one of the easiest pencil shading techniques I've learned to date.
If you feel comfortable with the line drawings and shading practice in today's video, I'd LOVE to teach you how easy it is to draw a simple FACE in pencil.
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After you print your guidelines cheatsheet, here's a playlist of FREE face drawing videos from my YouTube drawing channel so we can practice drawing and shading simple faces together, step by step.
Let's get back to today's lesson!
If you've been following either of my YouTube channels lately, you know I've been introducing you to some of my favorite art books - showing a flip through, and then trying an entire project or demo-ing a technique from the book.
The book I'm featuring this week on my drawing channel is actually more of a mixed media book, but there is a BRILLIANT pencil shading technique for beginners in it that I just had to share with you.
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Danielle Donaldson's Creative Girl: Mixed Media Techniques for an Artful Life is simply gorgeous (if the book isn't available on Amazon, you can also find it here).
I actually love this book so much that I featured it last week while doing the watercolor trees for beginners project on my mixed media channel.
Today, I'm sharing Danielle's super simple analogy of adding shading to a drawing at "5 o'clock."
On page 54 of her book, Danielle says "Shadows are the thickest at 5 o'clock." I decided to try this shading technique out on three simple line drawings.
First, I drew the water bowl sitting on my art table with a paint brush inside. Then I picked up a blending stump (remember - the dirtier, the better when it comes to blending stumps), and thickened the shadow at an imaginary 5 o'clock position of my water bowl.
Here's another shot showing you what I'm imagining in my head...
Right where the imaginary hour hand of the clock is pointing to 5 is where I'm thickening the shadow with my blending stump.
Below is another example of this easy shading technique for beginners on a line drawing of a flower vase.
Isn't that the easiest concept to imagine so you know exactly where to add shadows to your drawing?! I think it's brilliant.
My final doodle example for today, below, is of a cat - inspired by my art studio "terror," Tippie (she's just recently claimed my art table as her own)!
When I look at all three drawings together, I immediately notice how all the shading looks consistent, showing shadows off to the lower right.
This is a really important concept to think about for beginner artists.
Your work will look more sophisticated if you your shadows are all drawn in the same direction, like they're all being hit by the same light source. It makes more sense visually, and can make even simple whimsical, or semi-realistic drawings like these, look more advanced.
Make sure you watch today's video to see these simple shading techniques in action. And grab a pencil and piece of paper before you press play so we can do this together!
Stay with me till the end for a quick flip through of Danielle's adorable book. Thanks for hanging out with me today!!
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