Figure Drawing Lesson Series [7 of 8] – Drawing And Shading – Shading Techniques With Pencil

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Hello and welcome back to the 7th video in this tutorial series on how to draw the human figure.

By the way, if you missed any of the previous videos, you can just click below to watch them now…

Lesson 1: The Figure Drawing Success Formula

Lesson 2: Drawing Human Proportions

Lesson 3: Fundamentals Of Perspective Drawing

Lesson 4: Drawing The Figure In Perspective

Lesson 5: Drawing The Manikin Figure

Lesson 6: How To Draw Human Anatomy

In the last video, we learned how to add some anatomical detail to our manikin figure to make it look realistic.

So in this video, we are going to complete the drawing you did yesterday, by adding shading to it.

The right shading technique can make or break a drawing so be sure to pay close attention in this video.

In the next clip, Michael is going to walk you through step by step how to shade your arm drawing to make it look three dimensional.

Let’s go over to the drawing table and begin…


So there you have it!

Now if you don’t have some of the tools that Michael used in this video – like a brush or a blending stump – don’t worry.

q-tip to use for shading and drawingJust use a regular Q-tip to blend the graphite and it will work just fine.

The important thing is for you to practice the shading yourself.

So I really hope you’ve been enjoying this lessons series, because tomorrow’s video will be the last one.

The season finally, if you will.

In tomorrow’s video, I’m going to tell you about how you can go even deeper with me and learn more cool tricks and techniques for mastering figure drawing.

If you’ve liked the videos so far, then you definitely want to watch tomorrow’s video.

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Thank you once again for watching. This is Ethan for and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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  • Patricia

    Reply Reply October 26, 2014

    Ethan; I have enjoyed your lessons and learned a great deal from you. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge in these tutorials. I am practising and really notice a very big difference. What a wonderful site.

  • Steve Hicks

    Reply Reply August 19, 2013

    Well, Well, Ethan, I guess that you can teach an old dog new tricks. I enjoyed your lessons for figure drawing lessons so much. I can even draw a figure a lot better than what I used to do. When I was a policeman and drawing scenes for court, I used x’s and o’s for the figures in the drawings. Even though that worked, If i could have had the knowledge I have now, the drawings would be a lot better. Ethan, you go through things so even I can understand. I want more. I have came to the place that if I don’t draw everyday, the day is not complete. It just seems like something is missing in my day. So thanks ‘Ethan, thanks, and I will take more of your courses. I would recommend the figure drawing lessons to anyone and I mean anyone who wants to learn to draw. By the way, I am 61.

    • Robyn

      Reply Reply October 27, 2015

      I agree with you, Steve. Draw every day. I’m 62.

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