This thread is dedicated to the study of [b]Shading Techniques in Various Media. [/b]Thanks to warpyy for suggesting the idea!
Here is an example of a shading exercise which I was forced to do by my slave~driving high school art teacher (an amazing guy whom I completely credit for any artistic growth I might have had in high school) and which I now pass on to you!
I lightly sketched first with maybe a super sharp 2B pencil the outlines before shading.
Basically, the assignment was simple ~ look about your house / apt, find a small object, and shade it using an Ebony pencil that is kept super sharp with a metal pencil sharpener. The trick is to keep the pencil always sharp ~ so it helps to have several of them sharpened and at the ready ~ and to finely shade on the point in teeny tiny circles with varying degrees of pressure to achieve lighter or darker areas.
Wherever the light hits the strongest (the highlight area) you leave white.
[img]http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b380/rebeccak5/Shading%20Tutorial%20-%20Various%20Media/Exercise_1_Small.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.pjartco.com/images/ebonypencil1.gif[/img] [img]http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/213401/2/metal_pencil_sharpener.jpg[/img]