In this post, we go through steps and show you how to blend perfectly. Blending is one of the few tasks that when it’s done right can make any drawing look real. If you notice any photograph, you can see that the clothes, people or even the objects in the photo have shadows that are smooth and crisp. The reason that the shadows are smooth because of blending.
It’s because of blending that makes shadows look real. Because of all of this, you can see the difference between a colored drawing and one that looks photo realistic. Below are simple steps on how to blend effectively
How to Blend Step 1 – Sections
Take a look at where you want the light or direction to come from. Think about where you want the dark vs the medium vs the light sections to be. Once you’ve decided that, create sections using a light pressure with the pencil of where the light, medium and the dark parts are.
How to Blend Step 2 – Coloring
Start with the dark section and use hard/heavy pressure and color it in, up to the edges. Repeat the process for the medium with medium pressure and the light section using light pressure.
How to Blend Step 3 – Transition
Start with the border of where the dark section meets the medium. Using your pencil, apply with hard pressure and transition/fade it into the medium section by slowly making the pressure into medium pressure. Repeat the similar step with the medium to light and then from light to blank.
Now you’ll end up with a perfect blended image. What you have to realize is that blending is just the first step. When coloring in an image, you need to think about the light source before you think about how to blend perfectly. But with this technique you can get a smooth finish.
If you’d like to see this in action, below is a clip from our Ultimate Coloring Class.