Shading 101: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Shading in Your Drawings (+Bonus lesson)

Isa Down, Artist, Educator, Coach, Podcaster

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10 Lessons (1h 9m)
    • 1. Intro/Trailer

      2:31
    • 2. Materials

      0:49
    • 3. Examples

      2:35
    • 4. Fundamental Stroke Techniques

      15:50
    • 5. Shading Leaves

      9:59
    • 6. Shading Petals

      10:05
    • 7. Practice Project: Daisy

      8:07
    • 8. Practice Project: Poppy

      6:51
    • 9. BONUS Video: Tricks for Drawing Folds in Leaves & Petals

      9:10
    • 10. Wrap Up/Conclusion

      2:51
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Project Description

We will be completing two projects together in this class -- shading in a simple daisy and a more complex poppy.  These "practice projects" are intended for you to practice your shading techniques alongside me.  I will explain at the end of each project the different aspects that I chose to emphasize with my shading, to give you insight into my process for shading my botanical line drawings.  

In your class materials, you will find four outline flower drawings that I have provided for you -- we will be going over two of them together in class, and the other two (a tilted daisy and a chrysanthemum) are there for you to practice on your own.  

I have also included a few reference photos that I refer to in the BONUS video.  These images are from Unsplash, a free photo sharing website that is a wonderful place to find references. 

Please post your class projects, and any other practice you do on your own, in our class projects so we can see your gorgeous work! If you post anything on Instagram, be sure to tag me @poppyandgrayco so that I can be sure to see your work (and highlight your work in my stories)! I can't wait to see what you all create.  

I'm always here to answer any questions or provide any feedback that you would like -- so please don't hesitate to get in touch! 

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