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 "Pencil Shading"

Fill the page with overlapping shapes that run off the page on all sides. No pos/neg spaces larger than a fistprint. Fill each pos/neg space with smooth pencil gradations (from light to dark).

The Shading Do-Nots:

  1. Do not shade with the side of your pencil.
  2. Do not smear the drawing with your finger or a tissue.
  3. Do not start out too dark - you can always get darker as you work.
  4. Do not use mechanical pencils. (Sorry- won't work!)

The Do's:

  1. Do make a flat edge on the tip of your pencil lead by "coloring" a sharpened tip on a piece of scrap paper.
  2. Do shade in one direction only... then shad the opposite direction on top.
  3. Do shade from light layers to dark to avoid uneven transitions.

*Teaching points: pencil techniques, value, gradations, composition
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