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Traditional shading tutorial

Original Version By:
Rebecca Kimmel
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BASIC PRINCIPLES OF SHADING:

Light and Shadow:

Shading is about seeing images / life in terms of black, white, and all the grays in between. A very common mistake which beginning artists tend to make is to jump straight into color with very little understanding of what lies behind color: VALUE. A deep understanding of VALUE is one key concept which separates a beginning artist from an experienced one. So it’s time to delve into an understanding of VALUE and what components make it up.

Shading is made up of 5 key components:

1. Highlight – Where the Light Source hits the form or figure directly – the brightest area on the form or figure

2. Form Shadow – The General Shadow cast over the form or figure – the Darkest Part of which is the Core Shadow

3. Core Shadow – The Darkest part of the Form Shadow

4. Cast Shadow – The Shadow cast by the form of figure on the Surface Plane (floor, table, etc.) upon which the form or figure is sitting / standing

5. Reflected Light – The light bounced back onto the form or figure by the Surface Plane (floor, table, etc.) upon which the form or figure is sitting / standing

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References

Article taken from Anatomy Review 003 Shading Tutorial





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