Did I ever show you this tag? I made it when we first launched the Steampunk Birds stamp set, but I can’t find it in the blog archive or over on the Design Team blog either. I swear my memory is just not what it was and it’s never been that great to start with!
Anyway, this week’s Monday Mojo focused on realistic shading and if you have ever struggled with getting your rounded shapes to look rounded, then please click here to read it and download the practice sheet. Shading takes practice, there’s no real shortcuts if you are new to it, but the rewards are well worth the effort.
In this tag, I have used these shading principles to colour the eggs and also the parachute in the background, the conical chimney on the birdhouse and the spiral of the birdhouse stand. Looking at other people’s examples of colouring can often give you more of an insight than looking at a photograph. My mum always said art is all about problem solving – how do you trick the eye into believing a flat two-dimensional object is three-dimensional? A lot of it is about where you put the shadows and highlights.
Here’s another recent example of shading on a flower. The trick here is a good strong contrast between the darkest and lightest section of the petals.
Neither of these two pieces are new, but my body called time out and declared a couple of days of extreme self care were in order at the weekend (I will be SO glad when my ovaries finally run out of eggs..). I was in no state to argue so Sunday was spent in PJs, propped up in bed looking out at the sea and reading magazines and a fab new book that I pre-ordered ages ago (Paint Mojo by Tracy Verdugo). After a stressy Friday with no internet at all and more BT incompetence to deal with, it was just the tonic I needed.
I’m going to leave you with a little question. If I happened to be visiting one of Chocolate Baroque’s stockists near you, and if I were to teach a class there, would you (a) be interested in taking a class with me and (b) what specifically would you want to learn from me? Leave me a note in the comments below or in the Chocolate Baroque Facebook group where I am asking the same question.