Tips for Drawing Shaded Circles

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Shading can add a lot of depth and dimension to even a simple drawing. Get tips for drawing shaded circles with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Jessica and I'm an artist and today we're going to draw shaded circles. So we're going to do a couple circles first of all in a few different sizes. So here we are. Then we're going to shade these circles. If our light source is coming from this direction then the light is going to shine very brightly on the tops of these circles like so and the shade is going to be on the bottom of the circle. So you're just going to take your pen or marker or your pants or whatever you are using and put the shading around the edge of the circles and towards the bottom. You don't actually have to draw a circle to show the light, that's just where the light is hitting. What you really want to focus on is drawing the shading around the edge to show that this is the part where the light is not. It's interesting that you have to actually draw the shading in and you don't have to draw anything really for the light and then the more you make the shading the more the circle is in the shade. So say we wanted the shade to come all the way up like there's a really really narrow light on this circle, then we would just draw the shading all the way up to the top. Then you can really use any direction of pen or pencil stroke that you want but to show this kind of a curve around the circle with the stroke is going to be really helpful for drawing shading. And then if you want you can do a little bit of crosshatching. You can do it on the top part here, maybe a little on the bottom and that is how you draw and shade a circle.

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