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Figure Drawing: Tonal Rendering

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Discover how to enhance the dimensionality and drama of your figure drawings using tonal rendering techniques.


  • Figure drawing: Tonal rendering
  • Demo files
1. Introduction to Tonal Rendering
  • Using light and shadow
  • Creating a five-part tonal gradient
  • Building tonality-varied mark making
2. Rendering Light and Shadow
  • Demonstrating flat vs. dramatic light
  • Rendering block with cast shadow
  • Rendering egg with cast shadow
  • Rendering cylinders with cast shadows
3. Dramatic Tonal Rendering
  • Lighting your model
  • Simplifying figures into basic volumes
  • Adding tonality, demo 1
  • Adding tonality, demo 2
  • Building structure to tonality
4. Alternate Lighting Challenges
  • Silhouette
  • Camouflage
  • Putting it all together
  • Bonus video: Timelapse of drawing process
  • Next steps

Taught by

Amy Wynne


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