I thought for a bit of fun I would start providing weekly art tips for anyone out there wanting to improve their drawing and painting skills. Sounds very big headed of me, but I thought it would be nice to pass on what I learnt from a very good tutor at University.
Art tip: If you are working in pencil, to help get the shading right and also interesting try quickly scribbling ten small square boxes at the top of your paper - they can be tiny. Now shade them in from black to white. Then when you start shading whatever it is your drawing, let's say a landscape, check what you’re looking at against the boxes until you find the right shade. It will help you really observe light and dark.