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SIMPLE DRAWING AND SHADING TECHNIQUES

V. Ryan 2006 - 2017

 

SHADING CURVED SURFACES

Coloured Crayons can enhance a drawing if they are used carefully and general guidelines are followed. For instance, do not press heavily on the crayon as this often gives poor results. Often it is a good idea to colour faintly and never use too many colours. Use just enough colour to improve the overall presentation of your drawing. The important point about curved surfaces is that they must give the impression that they are curved when shading is complete.

Below are some examples of coloured pencil work - try these simple techniques.

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1. Using the same colour and shading from dark to light, this gives the effect of a curved surface. Part of the cylinder is not shaded at all and this is where most light is reflected.

The drawing opposite shows how effective this simple and yet quick drawing technique can be.

2. A quick and simple way of shading a curved surface is shown opposite.

3. The drawing opposite displays a combination of the techniques explained above.

 

   

4. By using a sharp coloured pencil and drawing parallel lines a curved surface can be produced. The techniques is quite simple - the closer the lines the darker they are drawn and the further apart lines the lighter they become. Start with the lines closer together and gradually increase the distance between them, slowly reducing the amount of pressure on the pencil.

The techniques explained above has been used here to produce a cylinder. To the left the lines are close together and darker in shade but as they progress around the cylinder they become fainter and further apart.

   

Shade can also be added behind the lines to improve the final drawing.

   
 
 

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