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Unit 2: Shading and Form

See your drawings transform before your eyes from a simple outline into an amazing realistic three-dimensional looking image

Unit 1 Outline Drawing

This unit is the second in a series of six units which together form the Complete Drawing Certificate Course.

Correct shading and the understanding of Form are the key ingredients needed to make your drawing ‘look more realistic than a photograph’. You will see your drawings transform before your eyes from a simple outline into an amazing realistic three-dimensional looking image.

  • You’ll discover the theory of light and shade and how this knowledge can help you when drawing from life or when photographs are not enough.
  • You will learn how important it is to draw the correct shapes in your shadows and highlights which are just as important as the outline drawing itself.
  • Through a series of drawing exercises you will refine your ability to compare tones and understand form while using the smooth shading technique.
  • You’ll unlock the formulas to drawing and shading drapery and folds.
  • In the final two weeks of this unit you will create a drawing of a  fully rendered 3d looking man made object (at this point you will be amazed at your new skills!)

Syllabus

Week One: Shading

  • Learning to see shapes in the shadows.
  • Learning to see values in objects.
  • Advice on using a still life set-up for drawing.
  • How to render the smooth shading technique for large or small areas using graphite pencils prepared in two different ways.
  • Create a Value Scale using the smooth shading technique and graphite pencil.
  • Learn how to see the difference between six values ranging from white to very dark grey graphite.
  • Learn to shade three different important tonal changes that help you achieve the optical illusion of a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional page.

Week Two: Light and Shade Theory

  • Introduction to the basic theory of light and shade needed to create the illusion of a three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional surface (a page)
  • Revision of Construction Drawing and Shading the four basic shapes from flat outline drawings into the illusion of three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional page (please note; outline drawings are provided for you to transfer directly onto quality paper ready for shading)

Week Three:  Value Map

  • Introducing a value map.
  • Shade several simple man-made objects while working from illustrations using a photograph and value map with a step-by-step approach (outline drawings are provided)

Week Four: Drapery

  • An introduction to the study of Drapery
  • The Five basic folds
  • Shade a piece of drapery using drawings provided to transfer directly onto quality paper. Use a photograph and create a value map as a reference

Week Five: value map and Realistic Drawing

  • Shade an outline drawing of a man-made object while working from illustrations using a photograph and value map with a step-by-step approach (an outline drawing is provided.)

Weeks Six and Seven: Final Unit Assessment Project

  • Shade a drawing of a man-made object to create a three-dimensional appearance in graphite pencil on quality paper.

How do I purchase and study this Unit?

  • This unit can be purchased as part of the Complete Drawing Certificate Course and studied with full Instructor support via email correspondence.
  • Unit course books are also available without instructor support as a self-teach package.

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