Linear Shading Techniques Using Willow Charcoal

1 - 6 Show a series of techniques on how to build up crosshatching to create shading, and in turn, these techniques are used to create the illusion of form.

1/ Diagonal parallel lines created by using the side of the charcoal. See holding the charcoal.

2/ Diagonal lines in parallel directions. One set in one direction and the other set layered over the top going in the other direction.

3/ Vertical parallel lines.

4/ Vertical parallel lines over layered by horizontal parallel lines.

5/ Section 2 over-layered by section 3 shows a build up of tone.

6/ Section 2 over-layered with section 4 creates a much darker controlled tone.

7 - 8 this is called bracelet shading and is used to create the illusion of form.

7/ Bracelet shading to give the illusion of a sphere.

8/ Crosshatch bracelet shading - this type of shading was used by many artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to draw the human from.

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Keep practising these techniques - they are a vital component of many charcoal compositions.
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  • rosa
    How to tone with willow charcoal?
    3 years ago
  • armi
    What is linear shading?
    10 months ago

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