How to Draw Ep.3 – Shading Basics & Exercises

Level: Beginner
Duration: 2h 50min
Available: on Udemy, on Skillshare & best price $9.97 in my Store (Gumroad)

This is the 3rd episode of my How to Draw 101 series (find episode 1 & episode 2 here).

In this beginner drawing course you can learn one of the most exciting and rewarding drawing skills called shading or rendering. If you’d like to make your drawings or sketches more believable to the viewer by creating the illusion of reality, enroll in this Shading Basics & Drawing Exercises course now.

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Who is this course for?

  • beginner at drawing/sketching
  • who’d like to understand how light & shadow work


  • no previous drawing knowledge is necessary, however it’s useful to have some basic drawing skills
  • you don’t need special drawing tools to begin the course
  • if you have a simple graphite pencil or a pen with some office papers, you can start learning

Course Content

Day 1 – Light & Shadow

  • Value change equals form change
  • Pencil grades
  • The value scale
  • Some shading techniques
  • Light & Shadow
  • Direction of Light
  • The ideal lighting setup
  • The “1-2-3 read” concept
  • How to assign values to surfaces
  • Day 1 Assignment: basic shading exercise

Day 2 – The Cast Shadow

  • What is cast shadow?
  • The cast shadow of a stick
  • Quick perspective drawing overview
  • The cast shadow of the cube
  • Sunlight & local light scenario
  • The line of termination
  • Cast shadow of a complex planar form
  • Day 2 Assignment: cast shadow construction drawing exercise

Day 3 – Curved Volumes

  • The cast shadow of the cylinder
  • The occlusion shadow
  • The cast shadow of the cone
  • Hard & Soft shadow edges
  • The cast shadow of the sphere
  • Different lighting setups for the sphere (top light, back light, side light)
  • Day 3 Assignment: cast shadow construction and realistic shading exercise

Day 4 – The Form Shadow & the Light Side

  • The core shadow
  • How to shade the light side
  • Shadow cast on other objects
  • How to shade concave surfaces
  • Shading a hollow brick shape
  • Shading a sphere with inward curve
  • Realistic shading of a coffee mug
  • Blending values
  • The background value
  • More shading techniques
  • Day 4 Assignment: all kinds of shading exercises

Day 5 – Figure Shading Studies

  • Putting it all together
  • Plan your shadow pattern
  • Shading with graphite pencil
  • Shading with charcoal pencils on colored paper
  • Shading with dye inks/marker
  • Shading with color pencils
  • Day 5 Assignment: create your own shaded figure

If you’d like to take your drawing skills to the next level, enroll in this course now!

See you in my Shading Basics & Shadow Drawing Exercises course!


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