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Convincing Shadows: 10 ways to make your art more realistic

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No matter your primary medium, learn to shade in ways that will make your art more believable to the eye!  Some simple shadows can make a huge difference – and we’ll learn in simple black and white to cement the concepts, without the distraction of color. Drawing skill not required!

In this class, learn to shade in ways that will make your art more believable to the eye! Find out about some tricks that most people don't notice - they just see it around them, and those indicators tell them an object has mass and volume. Some simple shadows can make a huge difference!

This is a level 2 course and is taught in graphite pencil. While students of all mediums can certainly print the handouts onto paper that'll work with their chosen medium, all are encouraged to try it in pencil first. Taking on just the shadows without the complexity of color choices can really help bring the lessons home; if choosing to work in another medium, try greys to keep the concepts straightforward.

Drawing skills are not required for this course; traceable images are in the handouts to follow along!

  • Level 2; content applicable for any medium
  • Over 2 hours of video instruction
  • Special shadow tricks to delight even experienced artists
  • Supplies are found in the free preview lesson
  • Language: English


The lessons can be viewed anytime and at your leisure; there are hours of instruction that you can watch again and again for years to come:

  1.  FREE Pre-class Lesson with supply list (3 min)
  2. Consistency of Light (13 min)
  3. Implying the Lines (16 min)
  4. Cast Shadows on Forms (13 min)
  5. Bounced Light (10 min)
  6. Interior Shadows (10 min)
  7. Hint at Muscles (11 min)
  8. Curled Shadows (15 min)
  9. Fabric Fold Shadows (15 min)
  10. Flower Petal Shadows (12 min)
  11. Shading Fur (10 min)

The Pre-Class lesson includes the supply list for this course.

3 reviews for Convincing Shadows: 10 ways to make your art more realistic

  1. Lucinda Hughes

    I never really got shadows. When I tried to add them to an image, it just made the object look phoney. Now I understand them oh so much better. If you are like me, this is the class for you. Sandy makes the basics easy to understand and to apply. My drawing skills have improved by leaps and bounds.

  2. Karen Summey

    Basic drawing is one thing. Adding shading to make drawing look more realistic is something else again. This course on Convincing Shadows gave me just those lessons. Over 10 video lessons (11 with pre-class), I learned to add shading to shapes, still life, animals, and more. I learned to shade different textures and even fur. I strongly recommend this class for those who want to step up their drawing. It’s an excellent value for the money!

  3. Chantal_P36

    You find shadows a challenge? Not sure how dark you should go?
    Well this is a class for you! I struggled with shadows and contrasts in all my drawings, but now I feel more confident to push the boundaries a little further.

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