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CREATIVE PENCIL SHADING and LINE DRAWING

Theme: Pencil drawing of Film Actresses. Creative pencil shading with tonal values creates a sense of volume and contrast of light. Drawing a woman's eyes.

Kate Benkinsale, Drawing in Pencil

If painting were to designate as a medium of communication through arts, pencil drawing is the most basic medium. An inspiring artist in their earlier career can use pencil drawing at maximum advantage. It is because economically this medium is the cheapest compared to art materials, like water colour or oil colours. You just need a set of HB and B type lead pencils of different grades, a pack of white papers, one pencil sharpener, one or two good erasers, and full stop. No more materials needed. (Image Courtesy Flikr Uploaded by himanshu_fiat )

What is Pencil Shading

In pencil drawing, the shading is an aspect that exploits an artist’s best skills. The creative shading of pencil can create a picture as beautiful as in any other medium like watercolour and oil colour. Shading in pencil drawing is just like putting different tonal values of colours. By selecting a proper colour and applying that colour in different tonal values, a painter animates his or her mental images on paper and canvases.

The skillful use of pencil shading can depict the contrast of light, by light and dark shading. The shading with best use of tonal values of graphite pencil can create a sense of volume in modeling three-dimensional objects such as still life and human body. A pencil drawing with creative shading and artistic line drawing can become a strong base for a master piece painting in oil colours when it is enliven on canvas.

What is Pencil Shading : The Art of Shading, Light and Dark

While drawing, the lines are drawn like the notes played by a musician. But the shading is a different material. In simple words the shading is use of pencil in such a way that defines the different level of darkness. It is the use of pencil creating a sense of volume in the drawing. The graded shading would clearly depict the exact falling of light.

Pencil Drawing by Pernhart Markus

The Art of Pencil: Notes of music might be unpleasant, if not played with care; and it fails to impress. Such is the case with line drawing in the art of painting. While drawing light or dark lines by the tip of a pencil the artist vary the weight of the line. It is done by lifting the pencil or pressing it a little bit harder. Such shading would give the illusion of depth in the drawing. The varying pressure of the pencil tip would create an effect of shine and refection.

Artwork: The above pencil drawing is one of the marvellous drawings I have seen. It is not just a preparatory drawing for a final landscape painting. It is a final artwork in itself. Austrian artist Pernhart Markus has done this drawing. The lines of the castle/monastery are the witness of the artist’s fluent use of the tip of pencil.

The Artist: The work of artists is not as easy as one would think it to be. Nor it is easy to direct the viewer's eyes. This is the artistic job to create energy in the pencil drawing just by shaping the lines. It requires practiced knowledge of the basics of shapes and different shades of lead pencil. However the hard work put in and dedication shown by the artist plays a great role in making the artist a perfect one.

The pencil drawing has been the primary work for any famous painting or works done by the old masters. You can display your pencil work, too, in art galleries and online art shows. All the figure drawing or most of the framed and famous paintings have taken birth in the cradle of one or another type of drawing. The colour pencils have also emerged as a separate medium of painting, like pastel colour painting and charcoal drawing.

is no longer a preparatory drawing for the final landscape painting. It is a final artwork in itself. Austrian artist Pernhart Markus had did this drawing. The lines of the castle/monastery are witness of the artistic use of tip of pencil. The line drawing, the placement of the object, the use of pressure while drawing: these will be the crucial aspects, which would be getting defined through the process. Another important thing is to draw from live objects, whenever it is possible. It helps every artists in the long run.

The painting given here is based on the above pencil drawing.

Velden am W├Ârthersee - by
Pernhart Markus (Image courtesy By Markus Pernhart (1824–1871) Date of birth/death 28 June 1824(1824-06-28) 30 March 1871(1871-03-30) Location of birth/death Deutsch: Untermieger Klagenfurt (repro from artbook) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons)
(Image at top Courtesy By Pernhart Markus (*1824, †1871) (Facsimile of Markus Pernhart´s pencil drawing) [Public domain or Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons)

What is Line Drawing

The ‘Lining’, 'Line Drawing' or ‘Line Art’ is the art by which images are recreated with the use of distinct lines and curves. These lines usually have no element of shades of different grades. Without showing any texture in a drawing, the lining gives importance to the forms of objects. The outlines drawn create a shape on the paper or canvas.

When creative part is added in the lining, it would make the whole drawing looking more energetic. By adding visual information with the help of lines would render the drawing more realistic. Before the invention of photography, the printing of images were done by the lining only. In addition to the pencil drawing, the lining is used in drawing crotons and caricatures.

Advantages of Pencil: : The most important advantage in pencil drawing is its versatility. The tiny tip of a pencil is so resourceful that you feel like a wealthy person while using the pencil, coloured pencil or black, the uses are unlimited.

One of the advantages of the pencil resides in its use in line drawing and shading. When an artists is able to create a fine balance in line and shading, the pencil drawing piece of art turns out as a master piece. Line drawing is more than putting the marking on paper by drawing lines and curves helping to figure out the shapes. The meaning of the line drawing extends to and includes the skilful use of space by the artists. When an artist is looking at a blank paper or a canvas, he or she divides the space into segments: foreground, back ground, land area, sky or sea.

CREATIVE PENCIL DRAWING

There are no such persons like the beginners in art. You have passion for the art and you are here. However some techniques are useful to drag out the artist breathing in you. So before you take a pencil in hand, try to capture the pattern of the object or the face to be drawn. Keep the rough image of object in your mind. Then start giving shape that mental image of yours. Let that image being animated on the paper; let it be get enliven through the tip of your pencil. The work of artists is not as easy as one would think it to be. Nor it is easy to direct viewers eyes. This is an artistic job to create energy in pencil drawing by drawing the lines.

Pencil drawing is no longer a preparatory drawing for the final landscape painting. It is a final artwork in itself. Austrian artist Pernhart Markus had did this drawing. The lines of castle/monastery are witness of the artist’s fluent use of tip of pencil. Line drawing, placement of objects, the use of pressure while daring: these will be the aspects, which would be getting defined through the process. Having these articles in hand, you would be creating pleasant drawings on paper. Let us see the secrets of pencil drawing.

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