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HAND DRAWN - SIMPLE DRAWING AND SHADING TECHNIQUES

V. Ryan 2002

 

SHADING FLAT 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.

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

1. The drawing opposite shows two tone shading. A suitable colour is chosen and two sides of the cube are shaded - one slightly darker than the other.

2. This drawing shows three tone shading. this is very similar to the previous example except three shades of the same colour are used

3. The techniques used above can be adapted. Instead of shading the sides of the cube - the same colours are used but the colour process is speeded up by drawing lines parallel to the sides. You may notice that the darker lines are close together whilst the lighter lines have a gap between them. This is a quick way of adding limited colour to a drawing.

 

   

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