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« on: February 09, 2015, 02:50:41 AM »
I am finding shading difficult to get it just right, any suggestions

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Re: Shading
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2015, 07:08:46 AM »
Half-close your eyes and squint at the subject. That will show you where the lights and darks are.

At the moment, your background is at the same value as your model's skin, and I'm fairly convinced that isn't really the case.


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Re: Shading
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2015, 12:37:34 AM »
On your drawing, the subject's body lines need to be darker. They blend with the background and are hard to see. It may mean the darker areas (chair, skirt, tank) would need to get darker, maybe using a softer graphite. Just my 2 cents :)

I tend to start my drawing with a HB and B graphite pencils and use the B pencil to define where the darker areas will be. Once I finish the frame of the subject, I go back to each dark area to make it darker and increase the intensity as needed. If I shade the background, I would do that last with lightest shade and darken as needed.


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Re: Shading
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2015, 08:04:09 AM »
I agree with isanbill,... I really had to look hard to see your picture after a spell I then seen the lady lying across her arms on the table... I think