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How to Draw with Depth

Learn how to draw with depth from professional artist Kevin Kobasic in this illustration and drawing tips video from Howcast.


So, what I'm drawing now is just a basic circle and this is about as two dimensional as it
gets. So, it's kind of good when you're drawing shadows to imagine where the light is
coming from, because that is going to determine where the shadows fall.

So, let's just imagine we have a little, we have a ball sitting on the table here, and there's a
lamp somewhere up here. This is gonna be our lamp. Shining light on this ball, I like to, sort
of, rough things out with the side of my pencil. But I'm just gonna really, roughly sketch an
indication where the shadows might be, and already this is looking a little more three
dimensional. I, sort of, try to make the lines wrap around the object because not only does
that show us where the light shadow is, it also helps sell the idea of the roundness of the

There's not only going to be a light on the ball, but the ball is going to create a shadow on
what ever surface it's sitting on, so, we can also draw something under it that gives the
impression of that. So, the more I sort of continue this, the more three dimensional that
ball is gonna start to look. And I can even continue these shadows around. I can just keep
adding finer and finer lines that help give a feeling of roundness to this shape. And this is
very crude, but, hopefully, it gives you an idea of how to create a sense of three

And this can be applied to just about anything else. And now, we'll try a different shape. Say
we're gonna draw a cube, as opposed to a sphere. Just gonna start out drawing the basic
lines, and let's put our lamp where it was last time. This site here, would be farthest away
from the light, so I'm gong to darken that. But unlike the sphere, I'm gonna try to make my
shadows a lot more evenly covering, these, the shapes. Because it's got flat shapes, so the,
the shadows are gonna be pretty even across each side. They're not gonna radiate the way
they would on a, on a round surface.

A shadow is one of the most important tools that you have to make your object or character
appear three dimensional . And sometimes when I'm drawing characters, I'll put shadows in
that might not even be there, or I'll put shading lines in that aren't necessarily there on the
model I'm working from, because it helps sell the idea of dimensionality. And you want to use
every tool that you can to make your characters look real in three dimensional.

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