MS Art Elective – Animal Portraits in Pencil – December 2014

Middle School Elective students learned how light, shadow, and texture work together by using artist pencils to create a realistic animal portrait on paper. Students first experimented with the different types of pencils (pencils with “b” leads are soft and show up darker, pencils with “h” leads are hard and show up lighter) by created 3 value scales using different methods of shading. We used smooth blending, cross-hatching, and stippling to get a feel for different ways textures can be created with the pencil. Then, each student chose a different animal to draw for their portrait, and the shading was created using a range of highlights, middle tones, and shadows with pencils ranging from 6B-3H.


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