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Drawing Lesson - Volume Tonal Drawing (3D modeling)

Working from direct observation of a still life that you have arranged, create a volume tonal drawing.

Create a large-scale drawing using volume shading, value gradations, highlights, mid-tones, shadows, and cast shadows, to create the illusion of three-dimensional forms and space. Work from close observation of your still life arrangement. If necessary you can use line, however, line should be kept to a minimum.

Materials: compressed charcoal, eraser, chamois cloth, blending stumps, 18 x 24 multipurpose drawing paper.

Examples: Students' volume, tonal, shading, (3D modeling) drawings:


Drawing by Keven Fahy


Drawing by Anne Murphy


Drawing by Oliver Rock


Unknown Student Artist

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