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Drawing exercises: shading objects and figure drawing

teacher avatar Milan Glozić, Painter, illustrator, Designer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction to drawing and sketching class


    • 2.

      Exercise 1 - basic line making and drawing


    • 3.

      Exercise 2 - from circle to a ball


    • 4.

      Exercise 3 - objects with sharp and round edges


    • 5.

      Shading the human figure - first steps in visual arts


    • 6.

      Shading the human body + fine art tips


    • 7.

      Shading and tips on having a background music


    • 8.

      Shading and how to think about your exercises


    • 9.

      Drawing a human body - visual communication


    • 10.

      Shading the human body + 7 main tips


    • 11.

      Final words and Project Description


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About This Class

Learn the basics of shading objects and human figures and how to use drawing materials to enhance the look of your work. This course aims to overcome the challenge of proper shading and prepare you for creating beautiful drawings and sketching. Be creative in your crosshatching and start shading your figure drawing today. :)

Create a strong foundation for your drawing process and from there make illustrations that your friends and family would love to see on their walls.

  • Gather up materials and set up your workplace
  • Practice simple exercises to master your lines
  • Follow step-by-step instructions
  • Create your starting sketch of a human figure
  • Apply all the things you learned in the course and shade that figure

Start making drawings with the confidence of a professional draughtsman.

Learning the basics of drawing and particularly shading is a great way to improve your artistic toolbox. Works you crate can become a great part of your creative career or a passionate hobby. They can be sold as originals or as prints. Excellent choice for a present or a decoration for your home. Finally, you can use them as a reference for a painting done in some other medium. The choice is up to you.

Creating something out of nothing is very satisfying and in time you’ll achieve more and more confidence in your artistic process. This course will cover much of it and split it up into easy-to-follow steps that can only benefit your work, whether it's in graphic design, illustration, or painting.

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Milan Glozić

Painter, illustrator, Designer


Milan was born in Pozarevac, Serbia in 1979. From an very early age he got interested in drawing comics, painting nature and inventing games that he could than play with his brother and sister. He graduated on University of Fine and Applied Arts in Belgrade in 2003.

He works predominantly in the medium of traditional painting, but his art includes digital illustrations and book covers. He has had solo and group shows in Belgrade at Progress Gallery, National Gallery in Pozarevac, "In the face labyrinth" exhibition in Amsterdam at Arps and Co Gallery and many more. Also, he is a Top level designer at 99Design platform where he made various book cover and illustrations for publishers and clients across the world.

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1. Introduction to drawing and sketching class: Hello and welcome to drink. Besides horseback shading figures and objects pencil on paper. Many Mylan Andi Bean drying invading professionally since 2000 and three at the moment are working in Detroit public schools and the designer with platinum certificate for my achievements on 1990 platform. Still, a great expression is draw paints and create something doing exciting. As a result of that I have. I have exhibited my artworks and galleries across Europe and participated in many solar group shows for the country and abroad. This course is created from serious exercises. Simple, more complex, wants. We'll go through shading objects with shock around and just talk about highlights. Shadows can shadows on finally negotiating human figure. This course is designed for all of you who are interested and excited about drawing but have struggles when it comes to shape. The goal is to master this shading techniques and bringing drawings to a new level. It might be challenging the first, but for some practice on your passionate time spent doing this, I believe you can do it and, of course, are here issue lessons, trying to help you any way that I can give you all the resources that you might need templates for quick start and much more. So we'll be doing this course. Have fun time shading in a second. 2. Exercise 1 - basic line making and drawing: hello and thank you for enrolling in my class in this second of mine drawing classes. Like I said in the previous video, we'll talk about shading and how we can go about it. Well, first we talk about hatching on, then cross hatching. Well, hatching. He's process off, Let's say, creating lines that are parallel, parallel, sorry. In order to give an object depth lines can be straight like he's one, for they can have cribs, depending on the shape that we're trying toe shaped. I made these for drawings, some kind of a cup with the light coming from this side. And as you can see the lines thinner on this side and think underside because this side will be shared, so even these lines should empathize that thing. So when we're trying toe, Shayt will start simple touching. Remember in your country, thank you lines. So let's say he tried have similar distance with previous ones this way and the length, and it's not well race line and make you look better. Also, this is a cup, then there should be fines inside a couple as well. Like these. That's basically hatching. But if you want toe give it more transition and make it more fluent. Ingredient. Then we use cross hatching on like the name says. It's basically crossing those lines. And this this will be our trying fun and this will be tough. So in this second example, and I'm using reverse process. But from this side here, And if I want to do well, start remember, if you cross hatching, don't always have to start from there. If you If the object is around, you can start here Way have This is like side. This is percent. More depth can include our step number three. Remember, when you cross hatching, always be able. You should be always able to take your paper. They make strokes. And like I said in previous glass, contrary tips, thickness of your lines and no, just drawing the word Glatz. They also follow the shape our Then they could be sticker where the biggest are. They can be more of them. And for fourth step we have all of our previous steps side and lastly, the present lights four lines that would follow the quarter for shape. It's basically shading using hatching on cross hatching. Remember that, uh, here you see the public that around the darkest parts in their shadow, it's not all the way to actually that space is always left for reflection. Since we don't live under spotlight, we always have some bounce light reflected, like so on the light he's coming here or you hear stuff like that always bounces back on, and you can see it on the objects that most often round also doubled that have sharp edges , But the object that have, like this cylinder shape those infections can be seen best. That's for basic steps for shading. Also, what you can do you like creating goes straight lines. You can use some other lines toe make the shading. So crisis deaconess s eight or oh so great does shake so exactly so here and as we go area the object for days more shadow. The more objects trust soldier each other, definitely getting us dimension and also owned inside this the basics off shading with dose . And finally, maybe if you're using your partner pencil, you can use lighter sides. Start shut plate, combining it with the catching and cross hatching. You can hold the shape this glass, so whatever this unless thing, of course, uh, you can use your fingers toe. May be smooth them and blend them together like this. Or you can use, um, paper blender that you can make it on your own. If you just want here or you can buy it. Store usually stores with artistic material. How does ones wouldn't that you have? Blend goes. So try this exercise and see how it goes. Goes to work in the gallery and will continue with how toe shade on a circular object like a boat stuff like that and how to make the cast straddles and stuff like that. So see you in the next video. 3. Exercise 2 - from circle to a ball: for a second exercise will create a circle on. We'll shake it. So if you don't have, let's say I have a thing that you can make your circle it. You can thank it by this. So all you have to do is supposed to pass like this, uh, then stick a thumb onto the paper like that. My family holding defense put the pencil on the paper and with your other hand, rotated. So let's talk that shading those objects for. For an instance, we have our son here, and it's shining here. They assume that this puts the ball, will have the highlight and talk about qualities. Well, the spot that has the most of this, then this part will have, lest son less unless more further it is away from the sun or the source of light, less light it gets. So it's not that we can start shaking and we don't have to use understand attaching. We can use this safe, quick lines and we can follow the shape. Wonderful. Then we have the next step. There's more lines you can't even trust crosshatched those lines. I think this is a bill. Always remember to shade in the matter of debt object more shooting and then you continue. And as we have this light coming down on our objected also come down to surface and it will then reflect toe are objects on that darker site. So when we're shading this kind of object, never going directly no shame the most to the very end that I believe so lighter areas remember you in the light Hysteria in the dark part should be darker then the darkest dark on the my wrist on the lighter part of the book. So although this is lighter than this, it shouldn't be layered in this. And if you want to come here nine so even read, remember, Do you research certain shooting? So here in this and if you want further blends those strokes, you can use it news this London blending obviously gold and gradually skews too much force and follow the shapes. This also you can have a shadow on the ground. I know that you can also do that with service and that's basic shading or foot round object. Also, if cool define is strong here because it's facing light tribute. But also then this life before. That's it. You can have further details and make. Does the life touches don't need do it heavy work on that The way that you create shaded up, maybe you have to do it in a couple of passes, but a little bit for our exercise and 4. Exercise 3 - objects with sharp and round edges: Okay, now that we've seen how to shade some ordinary objects and helped shade circular object we will start will continue with trading with this object that has around that is like this box of sorts. So it's the same thing. But in this case, there are no grill. Yin's no great in between the shadows, shadows, shapes that have These sharp inches are the same on what part of their surface and later on others. But most of those sandals are the same for the specific service, basically, and then there's shadow a bit dark curtain, the object or not, it all depends on the light on the circumstances, but in this case, let's make it darker, so you can better see the object and it's shut how it comes cylinder. All right, we can follow the shape. No use less pressure. But here I swear, light should be, um, bigger pressure for areas where there's less like look uneven cross hatching and then go shadow I can set when it comes down. Toe objects that have corners the lightest dark, the light. This light on the dark carrier should be darker than the doctors dark on death lighter. Harry 5. Shading the human figure - first steps in visual arts: in this lesson, or this video will finally start sharing human figure Well, that from this. So this or more accurately from this, then this. And finally this. What I used as reference for my drawing was photo from a like session that I had with the model and night can suggest you toe ask a friend to pull its weight or higher model that condole the same job. And think about these two important things if you have, that is to have enough space between you and your models so that you can see the entire figure. And, of course, the lightning that both liked for your drawing and have you model like it correctly. Best thing to do is to have the sidelights so you can have those beautiful shapes shaded and highlight. Additionally, if you don't have a model or you cannot afford one, you can always look for the images on the Internet, and I will provide you in the person description with some of the sights on Give You links where consigned Bill Smalls and thirdly, if you want to start trading directly, I will provide you with the template, but you have already drawing with the resource. What aggressive start right the way the shade. So God, further ado. Let's get on to it before I start working and telling you more about the process that I'm using here and it's drying out. Just have toe L. You on mentioned paper down, working with its guns on sketch paper. 90 grams very good paper for sketching, and not so for were coloring or other painting techniques. But for like I said for sketching and drawing, it's very fine. Also, I should be having another piece of paper beneath one that I'm working on. But like you see, I'm not having under other paper, I'm sketching directly on this one, having nothing beneath because I wanted to have that texture off the table beneath my drawing. You're on on my sketch. I don't like that. Then, of course, it should use paper. Put on one just one piece of paper released, the one that you're working on and you'll be fine. Any any other paper just beneath more than one is unnecessary. So as you see here, I started with hatching and then putting old that I'd work all over the body where it's necessary and where all the parts that will be in the shade that first pass off lines is covering all the areas that will have the shadow, the ones that are white or that are not touched. Well, Vieira's will be more light coming. So the body as the reference I'm using photo from a live session with my model. Oh, you can use that one. We will work my post best template in the reference in the project Geller, so you can check it out and work. I'm that if you don't have reference their own, or you can use other reference that provide. No. As you can see, I've moved on to some Russ hatching. And the way that I like to do is not have too much pressure, but instead have, like regular pressure from all the lines has to make with same line witness and build the shadows with cross hatching. Just that and see, I'm not working on one particular area and then moving to another. What I like to do is to do a little bit here. You're trying to build the entire drawing at the same time, and that is what I think It's good that you have unity of entire piece on you. Were you easier achieved, that unified Look off your drawing at the moment I'm working on here. It's That's the same way is I would do other parts also pulling paper. He's a good thing to do all the time, because that is because you're drawing handled, and it that you're drawing with is you always basically the same position. And the only thing that you're changing is the angle off the paper. Very good. When you're working with papers smaller size, you can always ability or would change that It, of course, when you're working on a big scale drawings, you don't have that ability. But working with bigger paper it easily and around 90 degrees up so you can look this the same way at your drawing and at your model or whatever that you're drawing. Oh, using and drawing bigger paper done. Use it like this, put it flat on the table, then drop because you might lose the perspective and the other details that you might see better. You cannot see that big scale drawing the right way. If you're holding it like this on the table. You cannot take a look from a distance and see what is right and what is wrong. But if you're making a smaller scale, Troy, it is fine. The baby is coming to an end, this fine here around the next video. 6. Shading the human body + fine art tips: here we continue our drawing. What they forgot Massine is that this drawing made in about an hour or a little bit more maybe our five minutes or something like that. And Aziz, you can see this is not sped up. It's the actual size of drawing, but I got it out. Certain parts of trying it. It was similar for you watch. And because that would be, I think too long over drawing editorial for you to watch and to enjoy side just with the main things. No, nothing. With a saddle cast shadow, this figure is casting on that. He wrote that she's leaning on the model, that living on some kind of a sofa. And if you look at the reference photo, you will see that all right, basically did on the shadows off that thing because the main focus, because the body and shadows that it creates when I'm talking about audio and shadows greats, I think Ray, good to know. At least know some surface anatomy off the human body. Think about what is beneath skin. Think about muscles, bones, another a tissue, another stuff that is beneath the skin and how that will affect your drawing and yet Oh, that should be reflected in your dry moment. There is nothing much special going on. Well, I think I'm dressed. Making those little at this parts throw enough with bigger parts and you're using the reference photo you're drawing directly from nation or order. That means drawing from observation. Occasionally squint your eyes and see your eyelashes. That way you will have seen your image a little bit blurred and you'll see on the domain messed main areas dark on that are light in. That way you will stay away from details. And don't worry, don't worry about those too much. I didn't see that would be important. For the first part of your drawing, you're laying down foundations thinking about the fear and the global masses off your drawing. You would know and he would say, Uh huh, yes. Those area should be in the dark and they will be shaded. And these areas will remain in the light on David and I will not share them. So my advice would be Try this out. And if that will bring any change to your work, that is also very good. When you start working and your getting familiar with your model later on, it would help you. Who asked your drawing? Oh, what you do, You still drink your eyes again and look at your drawing from some distance and see if that what is on your paper is similar to what you seem on the image that you use as a reference or the way you see your model. Oh, I it out. And I think it will be very helpful for your skills. Improving your skills off drawing or training, for that matter was this method can be applied both painting and dry. You can see right now trying to determine shape back, getting some more shadows settles it deeper of probably eventually elite erased my rights and some of that I need to put them out toe place those shadows where Wantem After all, there will be another pass shading top of it. In a way, I've tried toe unify all girls later on, just like position. Both deeper shadows were gone. Other areas that, uh, my hand is looking very quick. Well, I think this make all sorts of eyes out, making too much pressure paper making so much, Glines 7. Shading and tips on having a background music: Before I continue talk about this drawing, I should mention that what I like to use well, I'm drawing is too. Play some music. That music helps me get in the right mood for drawing. Oh, whenever a draw I tried to select music that will be right or that try in this case, you can listen toe that music in the background of this course. That's the same music that I listened to when I was drawing this sketch. So think about that as well. If you like this, you feel like toe work. Silence. That is also right. But I always like to have some kind of, ah, background music while I'm working. Usually that with some instrumental music without some specific songs, it will distract me from my work. So my recommendation will be instrumental music. Also, when I'm working on some Prentice illustrations and stuff like that, I like toe list the music that is similar to that theme. So it's another and west that I can say about music. So also, what you can do sometimes when im loose, I'm doing some relax, catching her, even like to listen toe, um, podcast or horse about something that will be different from that subject that are working on just to have some kind of noise and some kind of human voice in the background. So, like I said, it all depends on what are you drawing? More concentrated work? The best thing in my experience used to draw it some instrumental music. And when you're relaxed and have already made most of your work or you have some sketches that doesn't require too much thinking, then you can have those. Let's say tutorials and stuff like that. No, as you can see that race parts and more light a throne, I'll go over those areas and blend them with darker areas. So don't worry, making sticks so natural and happens to me hold time. But everything is toe. Continue your work. See those mistakes, recognize them and learned from them. I think that is the best way dealing with mistakes here. I'm using the soft brush. Just move old. Those remain ing's off. Race another you, sir. That's and just like with the pencil, those strokes should be light. Many kind of erase it is you should use using this hard razor, but your comm use kneaded eraser, many other that they're out there in the Trump's you can or ever that you can find you I'll probably do are under course. It will be just for how to start your drawing and list all the materials that you will need your starting make you exercises that something for the future. It's timeto had certain shadows, toe loss and that ground surface. That model is truth, shadows, shadows and took. They come them up, make them darker, and then I'm back to like I mentioned earlier. It is good to go around the sketch, adding certain details shadows across the entire drawing. So that way, keeping unity work. No, nothing would feel strange or you feel that it doesn't belong there because he's in the right place. This video is also coming to an end part of this with you stating more here and having very starker here on the drawing rules mines here, I don't have to work. You're gonna have to work every line or here. Just make the shape off here. Look, it should be once we've got special make for slopes, that's it. What? This video and the next one 8. Shading and how to think about your exercises: No, but we've on most work with figure. You start working on the background and shading those surfaces as well. And you can see I also started with drink simple hatching. And then we'll move on cross catching on layer upon layer, adding all those lights. It could be quite interesting process and are rewarding stuff that's going on seeing how the drawing is coming. Life is a great thing. You've created something of nothing with your experience in with your work, and it's very great thing to cheat. So, like I said is can be very fun. And it should be just you have toe invest your time in it, but was just just by drawing with not enough to improve you should think about the stuff that you've done wrong and where Berdych trickle, right? Did you make mistakes and go from there? Like I said earlier, practice, practice, practice. But actually, besides all that work, you should think about that where you're going right and we're wrong. And that way you can have the most of your practice working for you. You can see here Old Village made cross hatching off that background art and no, I'm drawing all these crevices that to me, literally sitting on all sorts of lines, just rough shapes, all that detailing and adding or the details will come later on. For now, you're starting that. The also squint your eyes again. Look it all the places that you should place your shadows on I toe paper, irritating the paper assembly to have the best angle We go some you're using this and a technical mechanical and Oldham, probably because it's easier and I don't have toe sharpen my pencil all the time. If I plan toe have this kind of a cross hatching style of drawing, I think it's in my case. Better to work with that pen a pencil, then with the regular penciled shirt. It all depends on preference in your choice. On what I recommended. You try both and see which way works well. You better either examples and differences between coastal materials or you contrite it charcoal that maybe it's better or some bigger scale drink. Nevertheless, try older material that you have a house and by your art supplies. Let's see how each material reacts on paper and find out what is best for you. What is your depressions And what is your choice? Right out. That is one of those things that I mentioned about practicing that just going sketches and stuff it all the time. Same results, but improving in your book that more efficient and productive now and next studio. 9. Drawing a human body - visual communication: in the in this part off our video, I'll continue to work on the background, adding strokes and lines that will form that part background and you are doing. I'm thinking about that shaped left I'm trying toe draw and how it is round and where shadows should be. How would I go about it? Like to see him? I think wrist layer off lines, then 2nd 1 And so no, at third level, they're off lines. You try and going and a little bit different direction. Also see, I will slowly build up and connect them toe Theis thicker. Layer off Federal's in on top in the higher part of that are you. And continue a bit more layers on the other side again. Just not toe lose respective or idea that all the drawing should be done enviously. Then going again. Toe figure. Sometimes it helps way that when you're stop looking at one thing, you do something else that gives you another perspective of things and makes you you more conscience. If you're doing something right. And if you look at it and say, OK, this needs more shadow. Okay, I should maybe probably race something. Maybe what put this area lighter or what this area darker depending on I'm that also, you can step away from your drawing from time to time. If you're during some detail work that will take some time just to clear through your mind from time to time and make when you come back, make decisions that give better results. So also that it's on the tips that I can give not to try to draw everything in one. Take speed that this great gold little steps one step at a time, slowly and if you like. And if you've to speed, it's something that you like. You want to get faster it, you drying it. Your remember dated toe come in time and after some practice, but not any kind of practice on any kind of work, but work and practiced that coming from your mind and coming from ideas that you've learned and quiet Lisa and some courses going to some glasses and get in having better understanding off what you're doing. Also sometimes of studying great masters and looking at their work. So art, if you like painting, looking at the paintings tryingto make their style. It's great It's not hopping. It's not stealing somebody. But it's actually studying learning from the best. And even because said, great artists steal something that don't check out Oh, here and you and I think those who swear their own making the lines shadow. It's coming side swell. Ofttimes Drawing close can be tricky, but means observation. Some studies, accurate drawing fabric. This is almost over for this video. No final video will go to certain details and stuff that you learned. 10. Shading the human body + 7 main tips: Since this is our last video for this course, I'll try toe, say, a few things that have already been working and going through this time. And when it comes to drawing a human figure or sketch that will take a little bit more time . Oh, number one. Put on some music. Do you like music? You should also draw while you listen to some music beside on the music you like, or music that is suitable for the drawing that you want toe make. When you're looking at your subject matter or four or something that you're drawing winterize, see all the main areas trying on trying to make those surfaces on your drink. Take a long as you like to make a try if you need to make more like 30 minutes. 40. Now, do that you even more only dependence on your face and it is important used to be satisfied when you're doing it, but there's also and number four, and that is on. Be a perfectionist. Not every drawing work for the showing of affection. I think that sometimes can lead you in a bad situation. That way, if you're trying to make every single drawing you perfect and also that can slow your learning process down. Don't be afraid to make mistakes there. Actually, great waste well to improve and stop when your like thinking. OK, that's done. And move on another number five when you're drawing over your paper around like you see me doing all the time in this horse hand drawing with as as possible position that you work with. Six. Drawing figure and pay attention toe anatomy and also what is beneath the skin. Meaning you don't have to have that medical entrant drawing or acknowledge your drawing. But think about beneath the skin and all day bones. It will reflect drying. So think about muscles all day. Yeah, how they look, different stances and in different shortening. Oh, that will come on time, but about those and number seven basic. But I think it's also important that is, to relax Lex working dont goto stressful. And if it comes to stressful and every day a good sign that you're struggling with something, but then take a little break, maybe go for a short walk off stretch, have some kind of a juice, your drink here or what you would like to have and then come back. I think that that is also very helpful because takings that look away from your work from a little bit also that helps you to clear your mind. And like I said earlier, look at it from another perspective. See? Okay, that was maybe wrong. Maybe because higher that I didn't. And you may wonder how didn't see that sooner. You don't see it in the first place. Well, I guess probably some part of brain stuck too much detail or something and didn't realize at the moment also, that is happening to me. So many people. So it's not something that is only happening for you, so I guess a normal. But when you start to think about that in that way, that you can see that normal view will be ableto over it and work better and improve significant. This video coming and I know touches Erin, those are seven. Let's say tips or Cipel's help. If you can say putting on some music is principle that Okay, say that were at least I can. That's it. I hope you enjoyed this course in that you have time and sale in the final and last video 11. Final words and Project Description: congratulations on finishing the course. I hope you found it useful, and that will help you get better to drink. Now it's your time. Project Finish watching discourse. Make your exercises with shading simple shapes, both of sharp edges and, for example, look at the cup or glass shaded by hatching and cross hatching, lending your lines with fingers or other material or leave them. Is there a friend or a model posed for you? And it doesn't have to be a Newport after all, or use the resource is that I provided for you. You can look them up in the pro two description of this course early. Forced to work in the Project gallery, Leave a comment in the comment section and please leave a review. If you like this course, I would love to see what you came up with and help you if you run into any kind of problem . So have a great day and remember these words of a famous English art critic. Victorian Era was also in. Our patron draftsman were colorist, a prominent social thinker and a philanthropist on Rask. I have never yet met a person who could not learn to draw. There is a satisfactory in available power in everyone to learn drawing. That's this. Nearly all persons have the power learning French, Latin or Earth with X.