Pencil shading techniques: 5 expert tips

Pencil shading techniques
(Image credit: Timothy Von Rueden)

If you want to master pencil shading techniques, it will take some practice. This is because different pencils create marks that are noticeably different from one another, and understanding which pencil does what is extremely important.

My best advice to learn shading is to go out and experiment with multiple pencils and explore different methods. In this article I'll share my insight to help clarify the learning process. Hopefully you'll be inspired to try shading with intent – and create drawings by employing a range of shading techniques.

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Timothy is an independent artist showing and selling his work at various conventions across the United States.