How to Shade Basic Forms – Pencil Tutorial

Learn how to add shading with a pencil to basic forms in this fundamental drawing tutorial. For more on this lesson, visit

Shading is the process of adding to value to a drawing. When we get the values right, the illusion of form and light are communicated in the drawing. By learning how to draw basic forms, we can be more successful when drawing more complex subjects. This exercise is completed on bristol paper, but any drawing paper will result in similar results.


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