Shading Practice with Coloring Books

I can shade decently enough if I’m working from life, but when I’m doing shading exercises or otherwise working from imagination I don’t do nearly so well, so about half a year ago when I saw a dinosaur travel coloring book being sold for 50 cents I bought it because I’m a sucker for a good deal and I thought it might be fun to practice shading. I colored the following dinosaur and promptly forgot about it.

Purple dinosaur coloring

Yesterday I decided to try again with some lessons I’ve been meaning to go through and I started with shape shading.

Shaded triangle, square, and circle

This is actually much better than I normally do on shading exercises, but I quickly grew frustrated and bored as usual. I remembered my dinosaur coloring book and decided to give that another go.

Red dinosaur coloring

This turned out much better than my first attempt! A lot more subtle and natural. I think I’ll keep trying and finish out my book. What do you guys think? Would you try this?

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  2. I’m not an artist, but I could definitely see my sister doing something like this (especially if it involved dinosaurs; she loves dinosaurs.) Keep it up–I think it’s a great way to practice shading, and I’d love to see more of your dinosaurs in the future. (Since we don’t actually know what colors they were, could I request a blue one? 😀 )

    • Thanks! I was thinking when I set up a twitter I may periodically post some there. Definitely I’ll do a blue one for you! Currently I only have a 12 pack of colored pencils, so it would have been done sooner or later. 😀

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