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Fun And Satisfying Drawing Exercises For Pencil Nerds
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1h 7m

Learn the basics to improve your shading technique.

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Beginners who want to learn how to shade confidently.
  • Open to anyone who’s looking for some fun and unique exercises to get them inspired and motivated.
  • Anyone who just started drawing. This is a great way to improve your shading technique and likewise
  • Anyone who’s been on the creative journey for a while. You’ll still get a lot from this.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to improve your shading skills
  • Become a more confident artist
  • Understand the importance of light and dark
  • Enjoy the mindful practice of shading


  • You’ll need three pencils – 2H, 2B, 8B
  • Drawing paper
  • Access to a printer
  • Ruler
  • Rubber

If you love drawing and want to improve your shading, then this class is for you! Shading can be incredibly mindful and satisfying, so we’ve created some fun exercises to help you practise drawing and take the stress away.

China has been drawing for over fifteen years, and she’s created a series of drawing videos for you to follow and improve your skills. These five lessons teach you how to shade confidently, explore different ways of getting great results, and help you to switch off and relax.

Creating Your Own

You will create 5 artworks that help you to refine your shading technique and allow you to completely switch off from any other distractions. China will show you how to improve your drawing skills by focusing on your pencil work and allowing you to have fun at the same time. You are guaranteed to find a newfound love for shading after this class is finished.

What You’ll Do:

Fill In The Gaps – Try to match the grey in the white boxes to try and make them blend in with the printout. You’ll need to print this page out so you can shade it on top of it.

Symmetry – Here, you’re trying to see if you can finish the drawing by making the empty side the same as the right. Follow the steps to build your nose up, from geometric shapes to full detailed shading.

Value Scale – See if you can shade 10 squares using just 1 pencil, and then try again using different once’s! This is great for practising even tones and learning how to see better. You can explore this in more depth with our other class.

Grid Method – Perfect for drawing something from scratch and keeping it in proportion. This is great to have a completed project you’re proud of.

Metal – Drawing metallic objects isn’t as tricky as it seems. It’s actually really satisfying! China’s provided a pre-made grid in case you want to hit the ground running, or feel free to make your own.

Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have learned to refine your shading technique and drawing skills.

10 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Introduction
Introduction 00:00:00
Section 2 - Fill In The Gaps
Fill In The Gaps 00:00:00
Fill The Gaps Text 00:00:00
Fill In The Gaps Printout 00:00:00
Section 3 - Symmetry
Symmetry 00:00:00
Symmetry Text 00:00:00
Nose Step 1 00:00:00
Nose Step 2 00:00:00
Nose Step 3 00:00:00
Nose Step 4 00:00:00
Nose Step 5 00:00:00
Nose – FINAL 00:00:00
Section 4 - Value Scale
Value Scale 00:00:00
Value Scale Text 00:00:00
Value Scale Resources 00:00:00
Section 5 - Grid Method
Grid Method 00:00:00
Grid Method Text 00:00:00
Section 6 - Metal Surface
Metal Surface 00:00:00