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Level 3 - Shading and Dimension

Make your drawings POP by learning to add shading to give your drawings the appearance of a third dimension.

Drawing shapes accurately is the first step, but even good shapes can look flat and uninteresting. To really give your drawings the illusion of reality, we need to understand how to add shading to our drawings.

Shading can make or break a good drawing. It is essential in giving the illusion of dimension and reality to your drawings, but if not done correctly it will just look messy and spoil the illusion. We need to understand the how to represent the effect of light on our objects.

This 8 video lesson course shows you several techniques of subtle pencil control to add realistic shading to your drawings. We start by practicing several different techniques to create shading, then delve deep into our perception to see and understand the subtle effects of lighting and shadows.


After learning to shade with graphite you will learn to draw amazing effects with both light and shade using white pastel and black graphite on toned paper.


The results of applying shading to your drawings will amaze you.

This course has all the essentials that you need to know to be able to add convincing shading to your drawings.



Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have access to the lessons?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund of the first month.

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Your Instructor


Murray Charteris
Murray Charteris

Australian artist Murray Charteris was born in Brisbane, 1972. Predominantly working in acrylic but also with extensive experience in digital art and animation, Murray is best known for his vibrant, illustrative paintings. He has had solo exhibitions in Queensland and administered his own gallery in Hervey Bay between 2007 and 2011. Murray has had gallery representation in Brisbane and Darling Harbour, Sydney.

Murray Charteris is quickly gaining a reputation for his dynamic, energy filled fine art. His bold colours and powerful compositions come together to produce stunning artwork that is increasingly sought after.

Murray started painting at a very early age and during his childhood he has been tutored by several artists throughout Brisbane. After studying animation for 3 years at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia, Murray has made a successful career from his animation skills, creating 3D computer animation and special effects for television commercials and programs both in Australia and overseas.

On his return to Australia in 1995, Murray started work with Australia’s leading television network Channel Nine, where he quickly gained a reputation for his design. Murray was placed in charge of the Videographics department in Brisbane in 1997 and led a very strong videographics team for nearly 12 years. During this time, Murray has won a Gold World Medal in the New York Festivals and has twice been a finalist in the Australian Effects and Animation Festival.

Murray’s real passion has always been drawing and painting. In 2007, Murray re-located to Hervey Bay and devoted his time to his art, working as a full-time artist. “Painting is what I really love to do, I love to create new worlds that could only have once existed in my imagination. I like to create a feeling of energy and motion into my art and tell stories through imaginative works”.

Murray is currently working in his studio in Brisbane.


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