Materials -> Paper

Hi everyone! Here we are again for another material topic, which is paper! Prepare your papers and if you need some energy you may listen to Talking Heads-Paper 😛

So here we go!

a4 paper.jpg

I drew some part of outline of the paper with light grey coloring pencil, I added navy guidelines for the outline. At first step I left the bent part blank. 

On the second step I want you to see that that bent part doesn’t have corners of rectangle; the bending is very soft. You can see it in the example. 

After drawing the whole outline fill inside with the same color of the outline, which was light grey for my drawing. I turned that surface into dark grey to show you better.

The next step is coloring the bent part with a lighter color because it has more of the light we assume, I used a white pencil. 

a4 paper 2'.jpg


In this step add the highlight part of the bent part which is the area between the navy guidelines. Having tones on that bent part will make your drawing look more realistic, because that part is not flat and won’t have the same light on the whole bent surface.

I used white derwent pencil for the highlighted area I just mentioned. 

a4 paper 3

Add the bent part’s shadow. In this example light comes from right, so the bent part will have its own shadow on its left side. 

The other shadow is the shadow of the paper’s itself. Just realise that there are partly thin dark greys on the left side of the paper. 

That dark grey shadow is on the left side of the paper because the light source is on the right; it is drawn partly because the paper is not perfectly flat; this shadow is so thin because a paper is so thin.

The other shadow is on the down part of the paper. Well, it could have been on its top, too. It is all about where the light source is. I said we assume it is on the right, I assumed it is on the right and a little up.

Tje last thing that I also added a strong white with a gel pen to strengthen the contours of the bent part. 

Drawing one: Done!

paper heap 1.jpg

So here we have 4 steps of a paper heap. Here, start with the top paper then go on drawing what is under, go down and down. The first and second steps are drawing in the way which one is up, which is under. 

On the third step add some thickness for the repeating paper to the paper groups. There are many paper groups, they slip on each other’s surface or by another facts they head to another directions. Bu they are not single, they are groups.

Those groups causes shadows for other groups which are under them. I used two tones of grey for shadow. 

paper heap 2.jpg

For coloring the paper I used white derwent. I used grey tones for the depth effect because I repeat that some papers together face a direction and another group of paper face another direction.


Another point is that don’t try to draw an A4 or A3 paper or whatever in a perfect way. That red frame is a rectangle with 4 corners of 90 degrees. Where the red arrows point is the corners of left side of the page. Here what I try to show you is that the paper is not a perfect rectangle like how we easily draw on computer programmes. It bends some.

Drawing two: Done! 

crumpled paper 1.jpg

Somehow can’t imagine a paper tutorial without crumpled paper. To draw it start with its outline and do the basic shape. Forget rules. Don’t stick exactly like how you see it on the screen or if you have a paper in real right in front of you.

Well, after drawing outline with crooked lines in the same way draw inside, like in the second step of the example. 

crumpled paper 2.jpg

That is shading its shadows in two steps. Crumpled paper consists of parts that they cover each other, be curled, be covered partly and have shadow of the covering part.

crumpled paper 3.jpg

This step is up to you I think, I wanted to make highlights stronger with a white charcoal pencil. I assumed that light comes from left and added shadow of the crumpled paper on the right side. You can add that shadow with grey, I wanted to do that with white, though shadows are dark 🙂

Drawing three: Done! 


Origami creatures are good for a folded paper example I tought. How paper looks like when it is folded or bent. You can see the bending parts in the polar bear e.g., foldings in the kangaroo and the t-rex.

origami detail

You can see that effect better; bent part has right angle of short lines, it reminds me of lashes; see the enlarged parts of the polar bear in navy frames.

Folding causes a line or two lines together with a darker or a lighter tone of the color of the paper; see the enlarged parts of the dinosaur and kangaroo on navy frames. 

So how was it? (Hold on to that paper)
Hope it helped. (Had a love affair but it was only paper)
You gotta practice and practice for better results. (Had a lot of fun, could have been a lot better) 😀

Keep going! 

See you in the next post! ^^


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