Online Class

Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques

$19.99$39.99

Bring your drawings to life as you make shading simple and fun! Take all the mystery out of value, interpreting light, mark-making techniques and more.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Catherine V. Holmes
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Get step-by-step lessons for drawing dimension, and make your work pop off the page! Artist and instructor Catherine V. Holmes will start by teaching you how to create a value scale and use it on a five-tone drawing. Move on to setting yourself up for more realistic results with tips for line drawing and contour shading. Next, discover how to identify your light source and give your work definition with both dark and light tones. Enhance the realism of your drawings as you learn to blend tones cleanly, depict highlights confidently and recreate reflections beautifully. Transition to working in pen, and apply stippling, hatching and crosshatching techniques to create drawings with depth and dimension. Plus, find out how to use contrast, a focal point and backgrounds to bring dynamic depth to every piece you draw.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Value Scale & Pencil Pressure
15:53
Artist and instructor Catherine V. Holmes starts with pencil basics as she opens her class on adding dimension to your drawing with shading techniques. Create a value scale with your pencils and then create a five-tone drawing, using the scale you created.
2. Line & Cross Contour
12:16
3. Light Source & Shadow
13:41
4. Highlights, Blending & Shading
15:46
5. Stipple, Hatching & Crosshatching
13:27
6. Contrast & Focal Point
14:37
7. Combining Techniques
15:00

Taught by

Catherine V. Holmes
Catherine V. Holmes
Catherine V. Holmes is a visual artist and art instructor. Her work includes everything from album covers and commissioned murals in Florence, Italy to pieces displayed in galleries and juried shows across the U.S. She's also the author of two books: How to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and Students and How to Draw Cool Stuff: Shading, Textures and Optical Illusions. Catherine has been a professional art teacher for over 15 years. She has developed unique and highly effective teaching techniques while sharing her passion for art with students of all ages. She is heavily influenced by the interests and suggestions of her students. "To see success through the eyes of my students inspires me to be a better teacher and creator of art."

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