Shading Masters: The Ultimate Drawing Course for Artists
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Shading Masters: The Ultimate Drawing Course for Artists

Learn the simplest methods for achieving mind-blowing realistic drawings fast using a simple 4 step process!
3.7 (71 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,596 students enrolled
Created by Kevin Kramer
Last updated 11/2015
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  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use the 3 step process to shade anything effectively and quickly.
  • Shade faces and other textures realistically.
  • Know exactly what tools to buy and why
  • Create more dynamic drawings easier and faster
  • How to create realistic textures
  • Teach you the most effective shading methods. period
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  • All you need is a simple standard 6 piece pack of drawings pencils
  • Basic drawing paper/pad
  • Eraser

Welcome to Shading Masters. Your search is over! This training will give you all you need to draw like a pro in no time.

Whether you are a teacher, student or just getting back into drawing, Shading masters has something for you.

There is one goal - to teach you the most effective shading methods I know so you can transform your images into serious art. Whether you're drawing landscapes, portraits or even still life your images will be more dynamic,look more professional and have realistic textures.

The course is packed with practical real world knowledge and experience gathered over many years of trial and error and learning from other artists and has helped me get my images published in books and publications, hung up in prestigious galleries and win contests.

Check out the FREE series below to get a head start!

Downloadable Resources(PDF):

- Supplies list - Tell you where to get all the best and cheapest supplies

- Exercise Sheets - To test out different techniques

- Resources and Readings - Tons of helpful links, books, tools and apps for inspiration and just plain awesomeness

- Tools and Marks - gives you examples of each tool and the exact mark they make on the paper.

How long will it take?

The course was originally designed to be consumed over 4 weeks but you can go at your own pace.

The course is laid out into 5 sections and will be updated on an ongoing basis.

1. Tools and Materials - Learn all the tools you need and all the one you don't. This includes what pencils, paper and other specialty tools you need to be using to get amazing results.

2. Learning Light - Break down and explore the world of light so that you can actually draw it effectively. Light is what creates everything around you. learning to master it and really SEE it will alone take your drawings to new heights!

3. Core Techniques - The fun stuff. These will teach you all of the different methods for shading. It will include how to draw shading multiple ways to get what ever texture or effect you need whether it be hair, skin, trees, water or smooth gradients. You name it. You'll be drawing it by the end of this module.

4. Textures - This is where we'll go into specifics of how to create even more textures from skin,to water, to glass and metal and more will be added regularly.

5. Case Studies - This is the section where you get to see where I messed up and how i fixed it. I'll deconstruct each of the current pieces that I'm working on and show you the unique challenges I faced, where i went wrong and how I fixed them. This section will be especially helpful to see a lot of different ways to get the job done and it will be updated as I complete more and more projects.


Perfect Proportions - Learn all the techniques to master proportions in your images every time.

Perfect Perspectives - If you can't draw in 3D your images will always be missing that extra realism. This crash course will teach you the basics of drawing in perspective.

The Four Steps to Shading - Look over my shoulder as I show you the only 4 steps I use to shade all of my drawings every time.

I know how frustrating it is to not have a picture come together like you have it in your head. I've been there many times too and its not your fault.

There are tons of free videos out there on youtube and other sites that "SHOW" you how to draw but they usually are just super sped of videos with no explanations or reasons. You've probably also seen the ones that show you how to draw celebrities line by line and speed thru the shading , but you and I both know that in the end those really aren't helping you develop the skills you need to really draw what ever you want.

They're just fragments here and there of what you need to know, not a step by step roadmap and approach of how to get there with quality instruction.

Truly mastering drawing is about learning and putting into action some fundamental concepts and techniques that anyone can learn and use to render amazing results ever time. Once you learn them, you have the ability to draw whatever you want and that includes shading your own drawings like a badass not just watching some other artist show off their skills.


If you are not completely satisfied no risk to you. Simply request a refund and there is no harm no foul. I know that once you get in and start using the techniques your drawings will immediately improve just like the hundreds of others that have already taken the course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students looking for the shortcut to getting super high levels of details easily
  • Teachers looking for new techniques and strategies to improve their own teachings and course work
  • Anyone looking to get back into drawing that is just looking for a refresher
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Curriculum For This Course
56 Lectures
Free Series
3 Lectures 56:08

Learn the 2 core concepts that helped me explode the level of detial and realism in my drawings over night.

Preview 17:51

Learn my 4 step process for shading like a pro every time. You'll also learn the 3 things that hold people back from creating original work.

Preview 18:26

Dive deeper into the strategies of what it takes to master realistic drawing and shading.

Preview 19:51
Tools & Materials
8 Lectures 01:26:22

Learn exactly what pencils are essential to creating amazing work and which are just extras.


Learn the different methods and tools for sharpening your pencils and other materials


Find out why these tools are essential to drawing anything realistically and why you might need to shift your thinking of them.


Blending Tools

Paper can be overwhelming. This video breaks it down into 2 simple ways of thinking about paper and how to choose the best kind for your project.

Choosing Paper part 1

Paper can be overwhelming. This video breaks it down further the things to look for when choosing your paper.

Choosing Paper part 2

One of the most important tools to the success of any artist is their workspace. Getting your space setup right will help you get the most out of your practice time.


What's that stuff and why would I use it? This video runs thru that extra stuff you might think you need.

That Extra Stuff
Learning Light
5 Lectures 38:02

Light is the key to all of your drawings. Whether you are drawing cartoons or hyper realistic images if you fail to learn light your drawings will show it.

Expressing Form

There are basic elements that make up everything you see. The better you can get at breaking down light into these, the more realism and life your images will have.

Parts of Light part 1

Follow along in this practical demo of locating the shadow parts and drawing them effectively.

Parts of Light part 2

Poor lighting is what effects your drawing more than local color. Get lighting right and local color will follow

Local Color

Lighting patterns and keys can change the entire mood of your images. This video shows you how to manipulate them to get the biggest effects.

Lighting Patterns & Keys
Core Techniques
6 Lectures 01:05:47

The grip you use with your pencils and tools can give you more control and freedom in your images. Learn the essentials and modified versions here.

Pencil Grips

Doodling can open up your grip and help you get over the fear of messing up.


The basis for all shading today. Learn how to effectively use line to create the different types of shading and lighting.

Hatching & Cross Hatching

Learn these newer techniques for achieving great skin tones, concept art and capturing down your ideas faster.

Circles, Scribbles & Stippling

Line is the most important element of drawing. Here are a few more ways to think about how it can be used in your own drawings.

Using Lines

This video covers the essential methods and tools for creating smooth gradients and super realistic textures and tones.

Blended Shading & Lifting
6 Lectures 01:01:24

Learn the how to draw glass using a step by step shading method.


Water has dynamic ranges.See how to add more dimension to your image using a 3 step method for shading.

Water Droplet

Water has dynamic ranges. High detail is not always best when trying to create a realistic image. See how to add more dimension to your image at a medium range.

Water Medium Range

Look over my shoulder and see how to draw skin texture applying the methods from Section 4. This will show you how to get the high amount of detail in close up portraits.

Skin Ex. 1 Close

High detail is not aways the most effective way to show detail. This will show you how to suggest high amounts of detail in a medium framed portrait.

Skin Ex. 2 Medium Range

Learn to draw fur and soft hair for animals.

Fur Ex. 1
Case Studies
3 Lectures 45:03

See from inception to completion: The entire process from creating the image, how the final image was picked and all the steps along the way. Also see a time-lapse of the image being created.

"Big Alex"

From inception to completion : Follow along and take notes of how this piece was created, what challenges were overcome and time-lapse of creation.


Learn what not to do when working on your drawings and what to keep in mind before you ever start.

The Shawno
1 Lecture 00:00

Here you will find all resources and materials mentioned in the course.

Resources, Guides and Extras
1 page
*******BONUS : Perfect Proportions*****
8 Lectures 48:33

Learn how to use the time tested gridding method to get perfect proportions every time.

Gridding Part 1

Learn how to use the time tested gridding method to get perfect proportions every time.

Gridding Part 2

Learn how to use the time tested gridding method to get perfect proportions every time.

Gridding Part 3

Learn how to use the time tested gridding method to get perfect proportions every time.

Gridding Part 4

Learn the "carving out" method and see why you don't need to draw everything perfectly from the start.

Carving Out Method

One of the oldest methods for measuring and getting accurate proportions.

Sighting Method

Projectors can be great in a pinch but they can also hamper your progress and pose their own problems. Learn them in this lesson.

Using a Projector

A light table is great for making different compositions and animation. See how to use it effectivly.

Using a Light Table
*******BONUS : Perfect Perspectives*****
8 Lectures 45:22
1 Point Perspective

2 Point Perspective – Part 1

2 Point Perspective – Part 2

3 Point Perspective – Part 1

3 Point Perspective – Part 2

Circles in Perspective

Cylinders in Perspective Part 1

Cylinders in Perspective Part 2
The Four Steps to Shading
8 Lectures 40:59

Getting ready to learn how to use only 4 pencils to do all of your drawings.


Learn how to take advantage of contrast and use it to really make your images pop!


Learn the importance of planning your images and why it matters so much when drawing and shading your images.

Planning Your Image

Having trouble with muddy images and not getting the depth you want? This video will give you some quick secrets and strategies to completely erase that problem.

Simplify Your Tones

Learn the 4 steps to create and master your shading no matter what you are drawing.

The 4 Steps

Look over my shoulder as I demo the shading process from start to finish.

Demo Process Part 1

Look over my shoulder as I demo the shading process from start to finish continued. This is where you will get to really see the workflow and strategy of the process.

Speed Demo Part 2

Get a few parting tips to push your drawing over the edge. At this point you will be able to shade anything with confidence and with purpose.

Final Tips
About the Instructor
Kevin Kramer
3.6 Average rating
86 Reviews
1,707 Students
2 Courses
Illustrator and educator

Kevin Kramer, a New Orleans born self-taught illustrator, began his career as a freelance artist and educator at a very young age.

As a child, he drew inspiration from Norman Rockwell paintings and spent hours drawing everything in sight—from movie posters to video game covers, in an effort to train his eye and steady his hand. As he grew older he began collaborating with other local young artists, drawing knowledge and inspiration from each partnership. He also began his journey on the competitive art circuit, placing in several local art and scholarship competitions.

In 2003, he relocated from his childhood home in Chalmette, Louisiana to Baton Rouge to expand his artistic horizons and gain more footing in the artistic community. He continued to collaborate with local artists and hone his skills in the years that followed, and in 2008 was chosen as a featured artist for the juried art exhibition, Art Melt. His work has been since been featured in numerous galleries throughout the state of Louisiana.

After several years of accomplished work and successful partnerships, Kevin decided to share the wealth of his collective knowledge, tips, and insights into the craft of illustration by founding his own drawing instruction website(see links). Through his website Kramer hopes to help other budding artists hone their craft, as well as help the average individual tap into their creative psyche.

He now resides in Austin, Texas where he continues to push his artistic limits, expand his artistic skill set, and collaborate with local artists. His work has been commissioned by several local businesses, including before + after fashion boutique, and The Gehrig Co. Design Firm. He also continues to travel the competitive art circuit, and has been featured in two highly prestigious art publications in 2011, Art Buzz: The 2011 Collection and Strokes of Genius 3: The Best of Drawing.