Shades And Tints

A shade is a darker version of a color. A tint, on the other hand, is a lighter version. Shades and tints are the result of light and shadow.

Color Pencil Flower

using color

Color can completely change the way something appears, and artwork can be altered by using different color combinations. This flower is drawn the same each time using three colors: Canary Yellow, Orange and Crimson Red. However, each time I drew it I changed the background color. The results surprised even me! This is a good way to experiment with colors. See what you can do using the color wheel as a guide. When looking around for things to draw, I think you will be surprised how color affects the overall look of objects, and how important it is in a successful piece of art.

Violet And Yellow Colors Art

Complementary Colors: Yellow vs. Violet

In this drawing, the yellow of the flower really pops out because violet is its complement.

Complementary Colors: Yellow vs. Violet

In this drawing, the yellow of the flower really pops out because violet is its complement.

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Complementary Colors: Red vs. Green

Notice how the red in this flower stands out, even though it is drawn just like the other two examples.

Complementary Colors: Red vs. Green

Notice how the red in this flower stands out, even though it is drawn just like the other two examples.

Drawing With Blue And Orange Colors

Complementary Colors: Blue vs. Orange

The orange tones of the flower are highlighted because of the blue background. Burnished background tones are a great way to provide stark contrast in your drawings.

Complementary Colors: Blue vs. Orange

The orange tones of the flower are highlighted because of the blue background. Burnished background tones are a great way to provide stark contrast in your drawings.

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Color Complements For Green And Creme

Add Spice to Your Drawings With Complements

The green tones of the outer springtime leaves appear more beautiful because of the complementary red tones in the center.

Add Spice to Your Drawings With Complements

The green tones of the outer springtime leaves appear more beautiful because of the complementary red tones in the center.

Colors Used

Grass Green, Chartreuse, Lemon Yellow, Apple Green, Dark Green, Crimson Red, Pink, Black, White

Complementary colors enhance one another. When you incorporate complements into your overall composition, you can achieve stunning results that pop from the page. Whether you're creating original artwork or working from photographs, always consult the color wheel to help you choose exciting, vivid color combinations.

five elements of shading

In order to create realistic drawings, you must be able to draw three-dimensional forms and understand how light affects those forms. There are five elements of shading that can be found in every three-dimensional shape. Practice creating these different tones. Once you've mastered them, you can draw just about anything.

1 Cast shadow

This is the darkest part of your drawing. It is underneath the sphere, where no light can reach.

2 Shadow edge

This is where the sphere curves and the rounded surface moves away from the light.

4 Reflected light

1 Cast shadow

4 Reflected light

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2 Shadow edge

3 Halftone area

2 Shadow edge

3 Halftone area

5 Full light

3 Halftone area

This is the true color of the sphere, unaffected by either shadows or strong light.

4 Reflected light

This is the light edge along the rim of the sphere that illustrates the roundness of the surface.

5 Full light

This is where the light is hitting the sphere at its strongest point.

Overlapping Images With Colored Pencil

Dark Brown

Terra Cotta

Dark Brown

Terra Cotta

Goldenrod

Canary Yellow

Cream

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Value Key for Five Elements of Shading

The key to making things look multi-dimensional is contrast. This is what the tones of the sphere on this page look like when separated into a color key and placed in a value scale.

When drawing, transition colors from very dark to very light, allowing the tones to overlap and fade into each other. To create a sphere, you need to have at least five tones, hence the five elements of shading.

basic shapes

All subjects, no matter how complex, consist of underlying basic shapes. Learn to recognize these basic shapes, and you can draw anything by applying the five elements of shading!

Sphere Shape Drawing

The sphere. This shape is seen in all rounded objects such as fruit, vegetables and even the parts of a person's face.

Pencil Shading Cylinder
The cylinder. This shape is seen in arms, legs, trees and structures such as jars, glasses and cans.
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The egg. This shape is seen in birds, animals and the human head.
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The long cylinder. This shape can be seen in tree limbs, pipes, columns and other tubular structures.

The cone. This shape is seen in pointy objects such as party hats, building structures and vases.

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Basic Shapes in a Basic Object

Sometimes one object will be made up of multiple basic shapes. A cube, a sphere and a cylinder make up the basic structure of this footstool.

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MATERIALS paper

Chamois Renewal by Strathmore colors

Dark Umber, Poppy Red, Canary Yellow drawasphere

Now it is time to practice applying what you've learned so far by drawing a sphere and an egg. This will help you commit the five elements of shading to memory. By practicing simple shapes such as these, drawing more difficult subjects later will be much easier.

Let's start with the sphere. Take your time, and make it look as good as possible. For more practice, try it again on your own, using different colors and different shades of paper.

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