Artists use Value to make their 2-D drawing look 3-D

Let's Practice Shading!

You need a good no. 2, wooden pencil or a 2B drawing Pencil and your Sketchbook.

Continuous Shading

Start by making the darkest mark your pencil will make.

Now try for the lightest you are able to make.

Once you have this information to work with, draw across the shortest length of your sketchbook, starting with the darkest possible markings and work your way to the lightest. Make the shading about an inch wide all the way across your paper.

Let's Make a Value Scale

Make a mark near the bottom of the page in your sketchbook that is 7 inches long. Add width to the line by tracing around the ruler.

Mark off one inch increments and draw a line to separate the sections.

You will now have 7 different sections.
Each of these will be a different value.
Begin on the left with your darkest value and work your way down to white.
You will want to be careful that you can distinguish the differences between each value shift.

Your Value Scale will look similar to this one.

Use a hole puncher to make a single hole in each segment. This will allow the value on your drawing to show through each segment so you can check for a complete range on your objects.

Don't Get Stressed Out! Relax, take your time and enjoy making ART!

Question: What do I do If I only have a mechanical pencil? Will it still work?

Answer: You need to bring a regular, wooden pencil to class for this exercise and unit of study.

Question: How do I keep from getting the pencil smudges all over my paper?

Answer: Work from the top down in your art and from left to right if you are right handed or vice versa if you are left handed. Another suggestion is to keep a clean sheet of copy paper on top of your drawing paper to rest your hand on.

Art Class....the best part of your day!

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