RS101 Traditional Shading
With Mike Sibley
Traditional realism is a style of art in which living beings and objects are represented in an artwork as they appear in real life – without stylization or distortion. Traditional realism suggests the edges (contours) of drawing subjects with shading rather than outlining the edges with lines (as in a coloring book).
This course is designed to enable absolute beginners and experienced artists to:
- discover how highlights, shadows, reflected light, and cast shadows help create the illusion of a three-dimensional reality on a flat sheet of paper
- prepare five grades of pencils with a chisel point for traditional shading, and then use them to shade value scales
- outline straight-sided shapes and add shading with four grades of pencils
- examine values on drawing subjects to find clues that identify the direction of a light source
- learn a four-step process to help you plan an appropriate method for adding shading to a drawing
- outline three shapes and their value maps, and then use graduated shading to turn a circle, cube, and rectangle into realistic three-dimensional forms
- use traditional shading techniques and five grades of pencils to render a threedimensional form
- sketch the proportions of a plant, practice a step-by-step process used to add traditional shading, and then add realistic textured and patterned shading
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