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Shading Practice: 3D Shapes

by Hannah Tyrell (follow)
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Three dimensional shapes are the fundamental way in which we view the world around us. They are the building blocks.

So it seems only right that every budding artist and creative should master the ability to create common 3-D shapes using shading.

During this short tutorial, I will guide you through four key 3-D shapes. You may wish to use this as a warm-up exercise for a larger, more complex sketch, or as a means of mastering the basics of pencil drawing.

Our first shape will be a cone.

Firstly, draw the basis outline as shown in step one.

Cone


Next, decide where you wish to have your main light source; mark this on your paper lightly with a sun. This will help you consider where the lighter and darker areas of your shapes should be.

Once you have done this, gradually build up shading in the areas furthest away from your sun. Continue to do this across the entire shape getting lighter as you getting closer to the sun.

Next up is the cylinder.

Cylinder


Now a cuboid.

Cuboid


And last, but not least, the sphere.

Sphere


To attend a sketch class, take a look at the following:

Secret Sketch Crawl of Adelaide

Secret Sketch Crawl of Melbourne

Secret Sketch Crawl of Perth

Secret Sketch Crawl of Sydney

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