Click here to view the trailer for "Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques"
Get step-by-step lessons for drawing dimension and make your work pop off the page! Artist and instructor Catherine V. Holmes will start by teaching you how to create a value scale and use it on a five-tone drawing. Move on to setting yourself up for more realistic results with tips for line drawing and contour shading. Next, discover how to identify your light source and give your work definition with both dark and light tones. Enhance the realism of your drawings as you learn to blend tones cleanly, depict highlights confidently and recreate reflections beautifully. Transition to working in pen and apply stippling, hatching and cross-hatching techniques to create drawings with depth and dimension. Plus, find out how to use contrast, a focal point and backgrounds to bring dynamic depth to every piece you draw.
Click here to see an interview with Artist Catherine V. Holmes discussing "Color Forward: An Exploration in Watercolor". Exhibited June, 2014 in the Coletti Reading Room of the main branch of the Thomas Crane Library.
My name is Catherine V. Holmes and I am an art/ELA teacher and visual artist from historical Plymouth, Massachusetts. I now reside in the Boston area. I studied at Boston University where I earned my BFA, Bridgewater State College where I earned my MA in ED, and am currently obtaining a second Master’s from the University of Scranton. I specialize in portraits, architecture and illustrations.
My work has been seen on nationally distributed tee shirt designs for Soft as a Grape, greeting cards for Pigspigot, artist owned brick and mortar store “The Painted Canvas” at The Popponesset Marketplace in New Seabury, MA, various galleries, stores and juried shows throughout the U.S., album covers, medical journals, South Shore Living Magazine, recurring illustrations in Old Colony Memorial and The Enterprise newspapers, and various murals including a commission in Florence, Italy.
A portion of online sales have generated hundreds of dollars for charities including MissionFish and the Blind Cat Rescue Sanctuary, Inc.
My art is inspired by feelings, ideas, and experiences that surround me. Artistic influences can be found in nature, media or man-made structures. I am heavily influenced by the interests and suggestions of my students. To see success through their eyes inspires me to be a better teacher and creator of art.
Thank you so much for visiting my site and your continued support.