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SHADING TECHNIQUES FOR NATURAL WOODS   

V. Ryan 2002-2017

 

Drawing a design can be quite difficult but using shading techniques to make the design more realistic adds to the problems a designer has to overcome. Natural woods have a colour and a grain - this can be applied to a design/drawing relatively easily. Below are four stages that may help you use shade to make a design look as if it is made of a natural wood.

   
YouTube Video - Shading a Natural Wood Texture
   

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1. Draw the object faintly using an ordinary pencil (for example, a 2H pencil).

   

2. Use a light brown coloured pencil to go round the outline of the drawing

   

3. Draw on the grain of the wood with the same coloured pencil. A very simple grain such as shown in the example opposite is all that is needed. Remember, wood has end grain - do not miss this out.

   

 

   

4. Finally, add shade using the same light brown coloured pencil. Often it is a good idea to shade inwards from the sides and leave an area in the centre without shade. This gives the effect of light reflecting from the surface of the wood.

   
 
   
1. Copy the stages shown above, adding shade and grain

2. Draw a simple wood object or a wood joint using the techniques shown above.

   

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