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Holding the Pencil (p. 15) Using Basic Shapes (p. 27) Gauging Proportions (p. 28)

Creating Values (p. 51) Light Effects (p. 52)

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Graphite pencil Drawing board Drawing paper Kneaded eraser

Sketch the Basic Shapes Sketch the outer shapes of the rocks, varying the sizes and shapes for interest.

Map Out the Lights and Darks

Add lines to map out the lights and darks on the rocks. In this case, the light comes from the upper right, so draw lines on the upper right areas of the rocks for the highlights and on the lower left areas for the darkest portions of the rocks.

Map Out the Lights and Darks

Add lines to map out the lights and darks on the rocks. In this case, the light comes from the upper right, so draw lines on the upper right areas of the rocks for the highlights and on the lower left areas for the darkest portions of the rocks.

Add Shading and Shadows

Use consistent up-and-down pencil strokes so that the surface of the rocks will look smooth. Make the pencil strokes darker on the left side of the rocks to create shading and depth.

You may think that if you've seen one rock you've seen them all, but that just isn't true. Rocks offer a variety of shapes, sizes and textures.

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