Shading Techniques for Beginners – Using Driftwood As My Subject
I used a piece of driftwood my in-laws have in their home as one of my subjects. At first the thought of shading in all of those textures seemed impossible.
It certainly took a lot of time, but WOW did I get into it!
I’m just a novice at drawing. I won’t even try to say that I know the art well. I just have fun.
I had to learn how to make the crevices in the wood seem deep.
I kept trying to draw an outline and color it in. It just didn’t look right! I got out my “how to” books and practiced different methods. I found that it was better just to darken the area with small strokes.
I also learned that I had to leave just a hair of white to give the appearance of the underside of a limb. It was almost like I was drawing the opposite of what seemed obvious. I always thought the undersides would be dark, not light!
It is so fun to draw knots in the wood. Talk about no right or wrong! The driftwood had some natural knots. Mine don’t match the actual knots. I tried to come close, but I really enjoyed letting my drawing dictate how mine would look.
The broken edge
I’m not sure I am happy yet with this edge. It doesn’t have the whole that I saw in the real piece. I just never did get it to look the way I wanted.
Oh well, in time I may figure it out.
For right now, the picture is hanging on their wall with the edge.
The little branches
It was harder than I thought to make the end of a stick!
Some of my ends looked too pointy. Some looked like a drawn line instead of 3-D.
I need more practice, but it’s a start.
I have to say, the driftwood turned out better than I ever imagined I would be able to do. It’s far from perfect. Although, I hope my drawings are never “perfect”. Where would the fun be in that?
More adventures await!