Here’s another drawing + shading project, this time with a dark background to make the white swan stand out from the water.
1. Fold the drawing paper twice to use as guidelines. Lightly sketch the outline of the round head, curved neck and body as shown.
2. Using a shading pencil, fill in the medium tones of the art by sketching a solid area of water, a filled in beak, and shadows in the body as shown.
3. Using a dark shading pencil and pressure to create a dark grey, fill in the beak, eye and shadows inside and out of the swan. The key to successful shading is having a wide range of gray in your art. A range of really light to really dark will a make a “ho-hum” drawing look much more interesting.