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Drawing Fundamentals: Tonality and Shadows

with Amy Wynne

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About The Class

Anyone can draw

This beginner-friendly class will teach you essential techniques for drawing realistically. Learn how to create light and shadow in your drawings by applying techniques such as tonal scales, cross hatching and mark making. Instructor Amy Wynne teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and exhibits her work nationally, winning numerous grants and awards.

This class covers:

  • Tonal gradations, hatching, cross hatching
  • Creating a dramatic value range
  • Working with core and cast shadow

A series of practice pages will be provided to get you started.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    02:55
  2. 02

    Tonal Rendering in Natural and Artificial Light

    18:46
  3. 03

    Tonal Gradation

    12:18
  4. 04

    Demo: Creating Tonal Range

    15:13
  5. 05

    Demo: Tonal Egg Drawing

    13:03
  6. 06

    Tonal Cylinders and Blocks

    06:06
  7. 07

    Demo: Drawing by Numbers

    08:43

Meet Your Expert

Amy Wynne

Amy Wynne received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the New York Academy of Art in Manhattan and her BA from Smith College in Art History and Cultural Anthropology. She has been teaching painting and drawing for over 25 years. For 10 years, she taught full time at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

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  • user-7963ec

    July 2017

    The package of four drawing basics courses by Amy Wynne are very well organized. Each section builds on the other. By the end, she has given us a technical understanding of how to use marks and tonality and shadows and highlights to develop a beautiful drawing of anything. The illustrations of important points were very helpful. HIGHLY recommend.

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    Ariana Graf

    July 2017

    Amy teaches a straight-forward approach to tonal rendering and mark-making that builds on her previous courses on building basic line drawings. She makes beautiful and believable tonal shading attainable. Loved it!

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