Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Shading is probably one of the hardest things to learn in art. To some it comes naturally and amazing depth and strength develops in their work. To others it is an impossible task which seems tedious and gives little reward in the end. My Art I students are struggling with shading. It is difficult for them to work from an elementary perspective of cartoon-like images into a world full of depth and illusion. I am not sure how I can better explain to them that it takes time and practice to "see" an image in black and white and grays. When this happens, the magic of art begins and opens a whole new page in drawing.

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