Creating a 3D drawing is a lot of fun, and easier than you may think. While proportion and perspective have a key role to play in realistic representations of the subject on a page, shading is the other necessary component.
Here’s a very short demo of how I used shading to add more realism during the final phases of this drawing of shells.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Pay close attention to the shadows cast on your subject – color, how dark and shape. Knowing the direction light falls across the subject helps, especially when you are drawing from imagination.
- Diffuse the edges of the shadow, if necessary. You can vary the pressure. Using a couple different softness grades of pencils together works well. Or blend out any harsh lines with a stump or cotton bud.
- Don’t be afraid to make a shadow dark. More often than not you’ll be too timid. You can always pick up graphite and lighten the area using a kneaded eraser.
- Breathe and have fun!
Give it a try and watch your own 3d drawing pop off the page. Let me know how it goes in the comments below!