Simple ball-point pen sketch, and close-up of eye, drawn in pencil.
section will give a few tips on using your pen or pencil to draw and
shade. It is a good companion to the "Shading
and Rendering" tutorial.
a very simple illustration, showing the fundamental way of rendering
in pencil. The "slinky" stroke (as Anthony Ryder calls
it, in his outstanding Life
Drawing book) is a unique way to describe a certain kind of
pencil stroke. Ryder calls it a "slinky" because it
goes back and forth, back and forth, just like that childhood
toy, the Slinky.
This is the
basis for much of the rendering and shading in pencil and pen.
It's as simple as that! If you are unfamiliar with drawing with
this stroke, practice it in your sketchbook. It's fun!
an illustration showing the "crosshatching" of a pencil
stroke. It's very simple principleyou just do the "slinky"
thing in several different directions, one over the other! (I have
put arrows over the different directions of my pencil strokes.)
Each different direction adds more tone to the shading, and gets
it progressively darker, and darker.
more examples of pencil strokes. The example on the left shows
how a dark dark tone looks. One bears down a little harder with
their pencil, and gets the darkest tone they can while using the
"slinky" stroke. They do this going several different
directions. Voilà! A very dark (even black) tone.
on the right is a more strict crosshatch. It isn't so much of
a "slinky" stroke (one lifts the pencil up after making
each line) but the same principle applies.
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