For the last couple of weeks I decided to go crazy on my shading practice, and this is because I have discovered that it is absolutely necessary in order to draw a realistic face! I Finished all of the shading exercises that my online art teacher Christopher Sia has posted and was feeling the need to go beyond his expertise and ideas.
I started my hunt at YouTube where I found several videos that further explained the theory behind shading a face.
My two favorite videos can be found below.
As I was following a long with the videos I found that I was struggling with both having to draw a face and worry about shading it. I decided that I would focus on a smaller area. Since the mouth down is a struggle for me I decided to practice my shading in that area.
I came up with a little project to help assist me.
- I took a photo of my mouth down.
- I drew the basic shape of the bottom of a face
2. I drew all of the components of a face. I attempted to apply what I have learned about shading, contrast, and lighting to my drawing
This exercise showed me just how important thickness; darkness and placement of lines are in order to produce a realistic art piece. As you can see my shading and line use still needs a lot of improvement! The teeth in particular show how darkness or lightness in the wrong area can completely distort the image (I look like I have a large gap!)
To further aid my practice of shading one of my friends found the following images while she was clicking around on www.pintrest.com that show the basic theory behind shading. I have been using these images to help guide my latest drawings and I have been a HUGE improvement!