I am trying to develop my "shading" skills. As I try to improve my drawing skills, I thought I would first learn how to apply shading to a drawing. The image below was created by using the tracing feature of AR to trace the basic outline of a picture I saw on the of Ronald Regan. Once I had the basice outline and a very rough outline of some of the areas that would need the most shading, I switched the image from a tracing image to a reference image. With the reference image loaded, I began trying to shade various areas. I actually got better results than I expected. Not perfect mind you but quite better than anything in the past.
I plan on doing this for some more images until I feel I have a pretty good handle on how to apply shading to an image. I might repeat the process in color also.
Once I get more comfortable with the process and the tool I expect to try some of the same images "from scratch". One of these days, I am going to learn how to draw. Right now I am experimenting, learning, and most importantly, having fun.
Your comments and suggestions are certainly welcomed.