Pencil Shading Techniques || Pencil Shading Drawing

Pencil Shading Techniques with this how-to video and step-by-step drawing instructions. Pencil drawing tutorials for beginners nad everyone.

Pencil Shading Techniques

Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below

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You can refer to the simple step-by-step drawing guide below

When drawing a realistic image, in order to create the illusion of reality, you must have a firm grasp of the lights and shadows. For this tutorial, we’ll focus on four different types of pencil shading – diagonal, “sparkling”, smooth, and hard strokes.

Section 1

The first example is the “slinky” shader method. You can do this shading using a quick back and forth movement with the pencil to create a line that looks like a line. This pencil shading method is great for making quick sketches or any type of drawing that doesn’t require a lot of detail.

Section 2

Next, we will cover cross-connection. This is a very popular method of shading and is also very popular when using a pen or marker. This method of shading involves drawing sets of alternating lines that overlap in a crisscross pattern. The closer the lines are to each other, the darker the shadows. Highlights are created by creating lots of space between the lines or leaving them completely.

Section 3

Smooth shading is my favorite way to shading with a pencil. This type of shadow is very soft and produces the most realistic effects of any shading technique. Smooth shading is done just like coloring with crayons. Use the same amount of pressure to create a uniform layer of graphite. For a smoother look, you can use a cloth or a piece of paper towel to blend the graphite onto the shaded area.

Section 4

Just as smooth shade is my favorite way to shade, shaded shade is my MOST preferred way. Like crosshatching, stippling – also known as pointillism – is another popular form of shading also used in pen drawings. Stippling borrows the same principle from crossover to create shadows – more dots closer together will create more shadows. Highlights are formed by spacing the dots further and further apart, or leaving them altogether.
By no means are these four methods the only pencil shading techniques available, but they should cover most of your needs. You’ll find that different applications require different shading methods to produce different results, (i.e. you won’t use smooth shading when drawing with a pen, etc.). As always, practice makes perfect, so get out there and draw your heart!

Section 5

This pencil set is a great set for all the shading you could ever want to do. These pencils are a bit darker than most pencils, which is great for getting deep and smooth shades.

Section 6

When you are smoothing shading, it is easy to accidentally shade too much. If you run into this problem, the absolute best eraser for dark pencils is a rubber kneading eraser. This is not a traditional eraser, it is very soft and can be molded. This softness is what helps this eraser remove much of the pencil from the paper and leave a crisp white underneath.

Section 7

If you’re trying to numb or deflect the tip of a pen, a set of pointed pens is the best tool you can have. You can draw with a pencil if you want, but the effect is not the same as doing it with a pen. This is a simple set of just 3 pens of different thicknesses – But, that’s really all you need.

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