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Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces by Carrie Stuart Parks

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Understanding shading tools

To understand shading, you need to know three things: What to look for, how to evaluate what you’re seeing and any useful techniques to make your drawings better. The only additional tip for shading your drawing is practice. Shading involves hand-eye coordination. Emerging artists have trouble with shading not because it is more technical or difficult; they struggle because it requires new physical skills that come with practice.

Shading involves training the eye to see what artists call “value changes.” Value means the lightness or darkness of a color. A value change is where something changes from light to dark or vice versa. The five tools you will learn are:

• Values/Lines

• Isolate

• Compare

• Question

• Seek ...

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