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Drawing Fundamentals 3: Basics of Realistic Shading

Learn shading & rendering techniques that will allow you to create dynamic drawings, paintings, or illustrations!
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 47m
Language: English
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In this part of the “Drawing Fundamentals Made Simple” series, we’re going to demystify the shading process and show you exactly how to create beautiful, realistic drawings step-by-step.
We’ll begin by breaking down the different elements of a drawing and how they come together to create the illusion of form. You’ll learn about the value scale and how to manipulate it to create different effects in your art.
Then we’ll go through exercises to help you develop good pencil control and be able to create the entire value range from light to dark.
Next, you’ll learn about the different types of edges and how to use them in a drawing.
We’ll analyze master artworks so you can see how to apply these concepts to your art.
After that, you’ll learn all about how light works and how to use this knowledge to create dynamic drawings. We’ll use diagrams and animations to help illustrate the concepts and you’ll come away from this section with a deep understanding of the theories behind realistic shading.
Then, we’ll put all the principles and concepts into practice with step-by-step exercises. We’ll begin with drawing and shading basic forms like the box, cylinder, and sphere. Once you’re comfortable with the basic forms, we’ll move on to drawing more complex still-life objects like a book, a cup, and an apple.
I’ll carefully walk you through the entire process from constructing the lay-in, all the way to a rendered finish.
This course was designed for the complete beginner. We’ll start out with very simple concepts and gradually build on them until by the end of the course you’ll have the skills to draw and shade any object you see.
Whether you work with traditional media or digital software, the shading skills you’re going to learn in this course will be indispensable to anything you do as an artist.
This course comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so if you are not completely in love with the course for any reason, you can get every penny of your money back!

You will learn

✓ Understand how light works and use this knowledge to create realistic drawings
✓ The most common shading mistakes beginners make and how to avoid them
✓ How to use hard and soft edges to make your drawings more three-dimensional even without using any shading
✓ How to add lost edges to your drawings to make them look more interesting
✓ The most important rule to remember whenever you are shading a drawing
✓ Simple and easy exercise to help you develop smooth and dynamic shading skills
✓ Step-by-step instruction on how to draw basic volumes and realistic still-life objects
✓ What to look for when selecting photo references in order to make your drawing 10 times easier
✓ And a whole lot more!


• No previous drawing experience needed! This course is designed for the complete beginner

This course is for

• Anyone who wants to learn the fundamental skills and principles of realistic shading.
Art Instructor
My name is Ethan Nguyen and I am an artist and teacher.
I fell in love with drawing since I was a little kid copying the images I saw in my favorite comic books.
Having never gone to art school, I taught myself how to draw through countless books, online courses, and trials and errors. Now, I want to give back to the community and share what I’ve learned.
One of the things I love about teaching is trying to understand art at a deep level and then sharing these insights with my students. My strength as a teacher comes from my ability to deconstruct complex subjects into manageable, easy-to-understand concepts.
In order to sharpen my skills and expand my knowledge, I am constantly researching, studying, and practicing to improve my craft.

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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 47m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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