How to create smooth shading in drawings

Podcast Episode 1 - How to Create Smooth Shading

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Welcome to the first ever podcast of TheVirtualInstructor.com.  In this video podcast, we'll take a look at creating smooth shading using graphite.  This podcast episode is in response to a question posed by forum member, "Paradox". If you have a question, be sure to post in the forum, and you might just see me answer it as a podcast.  (I'm really excited about creating podcasts!)  The best thing about the podcasts is that you can download them from the iTunes store for free.

There are basically three factors that will influence the smoothness or texture of your shading.  These three factors are...

1. The pencil that you use
2. The way you apply the graphite
3. The texture of tooth of the paper

The pencils that I am using in this video are a "6B" Design pencil by Sanford, a General's Layout Pencil, a "7H" Graphic pencil by Derwent and an "F" Turquoise pencil by Berol.

Let's take a look at how these factors work together to create smooth shading...

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