Charcoal & Graphite – Shading Techniques

If you want to draw more realistic you will need to be able to create a smooth gradient and smooth transitions. The best way to practice this is by drawing spheres.

This class is perfect for beginners or anyone who would like to improve their shading techniques.

In this class you will learn everything about drawing a sphere with charcoal or graphite pencils and how to make a flat circle look round. I will show you which materials I use, how to build up the layers gradually and how to create a smooth transition with blending. First with a charcoal pencil and then with graphite pencils. At the end of the class you will have a better understanding of shading with charcoal and graphite pencils.

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  1. Dear Emmy:

    First of all … THANK YOU for taking the time to create tutorials and post them on the internet. Your work is so lovely. Watching you create is mesmerizing. You are truly gifted.

    I have discovered colouring for adults and I am enjoying the learning experience. At the moment I am starting a double page in Dagdrommar. I would like to colour the woman in the picture with red hair. I’m not sure what colours to choose. I can follow your hair tutorials and I am wondering if you could suggest a pencil colour selection I could use to get an attractive mix. I have the FC & Prisma pencil sets … I just need a nudge in the right direction.

    Many thanks for your time.


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