Hello. This is iDJPanda on the topic of shading!
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! ). 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.
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.
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.
This one is the one I ALWAYS use. 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.
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!