How to Draw Debossed Letters

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Debossed letters need to be drawn in a very specific way. Learn how to draw debossed letters with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name's Jessica and I'm an artist and today, we're going to work on drawing debossed letters. So, for example, if we have a plaque, and we are going to give the plaque to dad. O.k., so, here's all the celebratory stuff. Dad is the best dad ever, and there's a little thing there, that says, dad's great. And then, so, we're going to put a big D at the top and the D is debossed. So, basically, we're going to draw the shape of the D, for dad. Let's draw the shape of it there. And the next thing you're going to want to do is, basically the way that the shading on the letter is done, is going to show whether or not it's pushed in. So, what we can do, is we're going to put just a little bit of a, sort of a shading. All the way around the parts of the letter, that are going to stand out. So, don't do it around the whole letter, but just pick one side, and just give it a little bit of a rim around the edges. And then, that'll give it the impression of being debossed. So, say for example, without any kind of, like maybe a bracelet would be another example. I'll take that bracelet, like so, and we're going to do the same kind of thing we'll do with the C. So, we'll do a C, then we just have a kind of, a little bit of a rim that goes around the C. To show that it's actually cut out. That's how you draw a debossed letter.

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