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PE: Traditional Shading

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 7:37 AM

Traditional Shading

Hello. This is iDJPanda on the topic of shading! :la:

When I usually start into the shading process of something, I always struggle to see which kind of technique I can use to give the piece of art the type of wow that I want. But just like anything, there are MANY ways to do it! This can help you use different shading techniques for different textures. I'm gonna give you a few different ways you can shade (Try to shake it up! :giggle: ). If you have any other ways you shade, please feel free to tell me! :)


One of my favorite, in this technique of shading, you go against what all elementary teachers told you. You scribble! When you shade like this, you'll come out with something that looks like this.

Using circular motions, you generate different shades. Spending more time, swirling makes the certain areas you want darker, and the less you swirl makes the other areas lighter. :dummy:


I consider this one really hard. This type of shading requires you to make dots in order to get shading that you want. Just like the "Scribbling" method. The more you dot in an area, the more darker the area will be. (:


I LOVE this method. In this type of shading, you create "X" type marks in order to add that three dimensional effect that is being achieved in any kind of shading. 

As you can see, the farther apart the "X"s are, the lighter they will be and the closer you put them together, the more depth it will have. :happybounce:


Typically, I use this one with a combination of "Smooth Shading", one that I will talk about below. This one is very simple and can be quickly done without any hassle.
With this method you create a new sense of depth by creating back and forth motions with your pencil, like a slinky! 

Just like all the other times I've told you before, the more you shade for a certain area, the darker it will be. This kind of shading would be better used for sketches to get the gist of what kind of areas need certain amounts of shading.

Smooth Shading

This one is the one I ALWAYS use. :lol: Not because I don't like new things but because it's usually the best type of shading if you are going to a realistic type feel.  You don't only use a pencil with this kind of shading though. You can use tissues, Q-Tips, stumps, or even your fingers! These are all kinds of things that can be used to help blend the dark and light tones together. :love:

With this, you are also able to use a kneaded eraser, a type of eraser if you shade a little too dark or want to have some lighter tones in your piece of art , it removes the pencil nicely because of it's soft features (It's moldable, so you can form it to fit how you want to erase!). This tool is wonderful and I would recommend it over a traditional eraser.

There are tons of ways to add the highs and the lows into your piece of traditional art. Don't limit yourself to one type, try them out or even make your own! And remember to always have fun! =p

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Ninelyn Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful article! Thank you!! :heart:
Clu-art Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The last method is the least to prefer ;) (Allthough it Looks good)
iDJPanda Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Why don't you prefer it?
Clu-art Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hard to explain in english...
Smudging, as it is, is not the technique that you should use. While it Looks good it is not as artistically (is this a word?) as the other techniques. One should really use hatching.
crazy-and-proud2413 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Photographer
I think I understand. The other techniques look more raw, more natural, and have movement. If just just conveying a still face, for example, expressionless, smooth shading looks almost photorealistic if done well, but expressions and moving objects look better unrefined.…   and… as exampes.
Clu-art Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The first example Shows exactly what I mean. You can create shadows and Highlights with hatching and crosshatching. This will also ad texture to the drawing.
I wish I could draw ;)
crazy-and-proud2413 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Photographer
Same : ) I can draw, but nowhere near that standard. Oh, and I wish I had a scanner. My DA stuff is awful because I can't draw digitally...
Clu-art Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not sure what scanner you want, but a Basic model should be affordable
crazy-and-proud2413 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Photographer
Yeah, I'm still on pocket money. Five pounds a week, and canvasses ( Canveses? canvasi? Whatever...) don't buy themselves.
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AntJr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial. A+
Challenge yourself and take it one step further. Use all those techniques with a ball point pen. No room for error.
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