6 shading techniques for your drawings

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Shading is the part that makes a drawing go from a flat contour drawing to a 3 dimensional illusion.

There are many options for shading and each option will change the style of your drawing. Here are some of the basic ones, you can try them on a simple sphere design as a fun exercise.

1.Cross hatching

With cross hatching you are drawing parallel lines, varying the direction of the lines and layering them to obtain different intensity of shading.

I like to start by the lightest area and then add layers of cross hatching until I reach the darkest area of the drawing.

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