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on: May 14, 2021, 02:26:36 AM
Hello all! I am a new member of the Paint Basket and wanted some feedback on shading. I have been practicing everyday and I feel like I'm not doing it correctly and wanted some feedback. I also noticed for the sphere exercises there's a reflective ball and I'm a bit lost as to how to tackle that! Any tips/feedback would be appreciated!

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Here;s my most recent tonal chart:


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Reply #1 on: May 16, 2021, 08:46:09 PM
:bigwelcome: to the Paint Basket GM

You are off to a good start so far :clap:

What you want to do is continue to practice your tonal chart as that is probably one of the most important skills when drawing.

What you are looking for is a gradual stepping darker in each block. You do this by changing pencils to softer one's as shown on the chart as well as by varying the pressure on the pencil.Press super light on the left (2H pencil) then slightly hard each time until you get to the central block where you are using a medium pressure. By the time you get to the last black you are pressing quite hard to get it as dark as possible. O0


Once you have a good grip on the tonal chart then move on to shading a plain ball. Don't worry about the shiny ones, they are advanced so you can go back to them when you are further along the course O0


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Reply #2 on: May 23, 2021, 07:12:00 PM
Thank you so much Nolan. I've been practicing by adding more pressure and it already looks better! Can't wait to continue the course!


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Reply #3 on: May 24, 2021, 01:06:15 PM
Welcome and have fun.  Nolan is a great teacher and looking forward to seeing your work. :welcome:
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Reply #4 on: May 25, 2021, 05:44:19 PM
 :bigwelcome: :wave: Greetings ¨gm ¨ , it looks like you are on the right track and I agree shading is what will create dimension in all of your drawings and paintings. Don´t rush, take the time to learn control. I still practice those shading exercises as warmups and as a refresher now and then. They will make a huge difference in your drawings and paintings if you decide to push on into painting.

Remember to take your time and have fun with it. Nolan  :smart: and the rest of us in the peanut gallery ( :crazy2: :idiot2: ::) :yippee: ) are all here to lend a hand, so keep on and enjoy!  :clap: :clap: :clap: ¨
Cheers, Val

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