What is shading?

What is shading?

Prayank Jain asked March 17, 2016

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Meenakshi Tripathi March 17, 2016

Shading means darkening of certain areas in a sketch or an image by application of a darker medium to enhance the part.  
In simple terms shading is trying to darken a part of image or sketch by applying constant strokes on the area with a flat application or pointed application of the pencil. 
The exertion of pressure on the pencil gives the image varied shading. Darkening an image with great pressure exerted by the hand will give out darker image than when pressure is applied lightly. 
Shading always produces optimum results when applied in one direction only to avoid patchiness and is done by the side of the pencil.   
This technique of giving depth to an object is the reason why 3-dimensional object portray their dimensional form and a sketched human face seems so alluring. 

  1. Ok,got it.But i have a question that how sketching is different from Tonal drawing.
  2. Yes,Sketching and Tonal drawing are similar but still there are few differences.

    Tonal drawing is the variation of black to grey that is given to a drawing on paper usually with a pencil. Tonal Drawing is a recent development that has somewhat emerged from linear drawing and a sketch with tonal drawing will emphatically portray more of light and dark shading rather than thin edges and lines of the image. So, simply put Tonal drawing is the art of gradual increase or decrease from light to dark from one part of the drawing to another. Colored pencils, crayons, charcoal and chalk can also be used besides pencil for Tonal drawing.

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