The Shading Course – Fundamentals of Realism, Light & Shadow

Course by Dorian Iten
66 Lessons
Skill Level
All Skill Levels
8h 45m


Learn how to draw realistic light & shadow.

The Shading Course is an 8-week online course. And so much more than that! It is a transformative experience built on my 10+ years of experience in teaching and coaching artists. 

In the course, I'll guide you through 20+ exercises that help you develop an intuitive understanding of light. 

This course will change the way you draw. You'll understand why some of your previous drawings/paintings have turned out looking flat or somehow "wrong". Understanding light is a superpower, and I'm so looking forward to seeing what you'll create with it!  

What you will learn

1How to Use Maquettes
Learn how to create digital and physical shading references to bring your imaginative artwork to the next level.
2Understand Scene Lighting
Learn how to use light probes to analyze the lighting in a scene and create believable shading, even when shading from imagination.
3How to Show Form
Learn how to think like a sculptor and use 7 methods for maximizing the sense of three-dimensional volume in your drawings.
4How to Invent Shading
Learn how to create realistic shading from imagination.
5How to Control Tonal Value
Learn how to organize tonal values, how to see values more accurately, and how to deal with the limited tonal range of your medium.
6How to Create Realistic Shading
Learn how light interacts with form to create luminous, clean shading. Develop the technical skills necessary to produce professional artwork.

Premium Benefits

Exclusive Content
Only premium students get to watch the majority of instruction contained in this course. Little to no free content is provided.
A variety of exercises to help you practice what you've learned. After you do the assignments, you can post them in the community for feedback and see what other students are posting.
Assignment Demonstrations
The instructor includes demonstrations that show how to do an assignment or how to use the information taught in the lessons. Most of us are visual learners (we’re artists!), so hearing it explained is not enough. We have to see it many times.
Money Back Guarantee
We offer no-questions-asked refunds within 30 days of your purchase. Our goal has always been to create a happy, thriving community. If you are not thrilled with the product, then we have no interest in forcing you to keep it.

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