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Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques

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Get step-by-step lessons for drawing dimension, and make your work pop off the page! Artist and instructor Catherine V. Holmes will start by teaching you how to create a value scale and use it on a five-tone drawing. Move on to setting yourself up for more realistic results with tips for line drawing and contour shading. Next, discover how to identify your light source and give your work definition with both dark and light tones. Enhance the realism of your drawings as you learn to blend tones cleanly, depict highlights confidently and recreate reflections beautifully. Transition to working in pen, and apply stippling, hatching and crosshatching techniques to create drawings with depth and dimension. Plus, find out how to use contrast, a focal point and backgrounds to bring dynamic depth to every piece you draw.


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  • Value Scale & Pencil Pressure
  • Line & Cross Contour
  • Light Source & Shadow
  • Highlights, Blending & Shading
  • Stipple, Hatching & Crosshatching
  • Contrast & Focal Point
  • Combining Techniques

Taught by

Catherine V. Holmes


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