Learn to draw the beauty that surrounds us.

The Shading Course is an 8-week online course on realistic drawing. 

Course Content

🖥 25 crystal-clear video lessons
20 hands-on homework assignments
👨‍🎨 weekly feedback livestreams

Start learning now.

"Dorian's skill as an artist stands out as almost super-human, but his skill as a teacher is every bit as sensitive and thoughtful as his art. He devotes himself to making learning easy for his students. If you care about your art, learn from Dorian."
Marshall Vandruff

Your instructor

Dorian Iten currently serves as the Digital Art & Design program director at Barcelona Academy of Art in Spain where he trains artists in digital and traditional drawing, painting, and sculpture.

He has dedicated his life to the arts and studied/apprenticed with some of the most respected masters around the world in the fields of academic art, illustration, and entertainment design. His greatest joy comes from sharing what he has learned – and is continuing to learn.
"Few artists in the world are as capable at instructing as they are at practicing their craft. Dorian is one of these rare artists, and fortunately for us, he is generous with his knowledge and expertise."
Kyle T. Webster

World-class art education

More than 10,000 artists around the world have used Dorian's courses to sharpen their skills. Join a community of digital concept artists, traditional oil painters, photographers, and 3D artists who have all found practical insights.

Practical Feedback

Develop confidence by completing hands-on assignments. Get feedback from Dorian on our community platform and weekly Zoom sessions. You'll always know what to focus on next.

Stay Motivated

You don't have to do this alone. Join our learning community (on Discord) and build relationships with inspiring artists from around the world. 

Time-Saving Clarity

Values and shading don't have to be confusing and frustrating. There is a method to the magic! Grasp the underlying principles of light & form by watching short, crystal-clear lessons.

Learn to see & think like an artist

Throughout the course, detailed examples will make it easy to identify light effects and drawing principles so you can apply them to your own work.

Content Overview

This course is designed to take you from fundamental concepts to an advanced understanding of light and realism. Here are the modules:

1: Light & Shadow - Preview 
2: How to See Light Effects - Preview 
3: How to Organize Values - Preview 
4: How to Create Realistic Shading - Preview 
5: How to use Light Probes - Preview 
6: How to Communicate Form  - Preview
: How to Invent Light - Preview 


3 Ways to Learn

1) Course + Access Feedback Sessions

€249 + VAT

Get immediate full access to the course, assignment instructions, and our learning community. Join weekly feedback sessions.

Winter term starts Nov 4.
Join now.

2) Course + Group Coaching

€999 + VAT

Get access to the course and receive personal coaching directly from Dorian and a small group of passionate artists. 

Winter term started Oct 31.
2021 dates to be announced.

3) Course + Private Coaching

$1'999 + VAT

Work with Dorian one-on-one and bring all his experience to bear in your development. 

Apply anytime.

No money? No problem.

Subscribe for just €29/month.

🖥 Get immediate access to the full course.
🙌 Get access to weekly feedback sessions.
👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 Get access to our learning community on Discord. 

The subscription renews at the end of the month and you can cancel anytime.

Scholarship Accounts

If you live in a place where €29 is just too much, email us and we'll set you up with a scholarship account. support@theshadingcourse.com  💌

Proven, simple, and effective

In the past 10 years, hundreds of students have taken this course both online and in person. It works. You will discover techniques used by the old masters and some of today's leading artists. With these skills, you can stand tall as a capable creator and produce artwork you are proud of.

What people are saying

I have never seen anyone so dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate about teaching. The positivity, and the amount of time, energy, work and effort that Dorian gives to his students is a wonder and a privilege.
Mayec Rancel, Senior FX TD @ Framestore
Dorian offers you one of the most powerful skills an artist can get: understanding the behaviour of light. Whether you want to represent a scene from life or draw characters from your head, you HAVE to know how light affects the form in order to achieve a convincing image. There is no way around this, but learning from Dorian gives you a fast track.
Joana Bruno, Artist
This course is AMAZING. The explanations, visuals, tempo… all of it. I’ve had great teachers, read all the books… and Dorian’s videos are the clearest, most useful lessons I have ever seen on the topic of light and shadow. This is the perfect course for beginners, as it covers everything you need. That said, I make a living as a painter and I learned NEW information just in the first short clips! I recommend this course wholeheartedly.
Christina Grace Mastrangelo, Painter & Teacher
I've followed Dorian's work for more than a decade. When he was a super talented student at Angel Academy in Florence, he generously shared what he was learning. In the past few years, I have discovered through a series of tutorials and courses that he has become a terrific teacher. This new course on light and shadow (one of his favourite subjects) is a new didactic milestone.
His way of explaining light embraces the complexity of the subject and makes it very clear. His strategies for organizing values are outstanding and very useful for representational work.
I can't recommend this course enough! You will benefit greatly, whether you are a beginner, an experienced artist, or a teacher.
Ariel Gulluni, Painter & Teacher

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?

This course is for artists who want the ability to draw realistic light & form and use values correctly. Advanced artists will deepen their understanding. Beginners will gain a solid foundation. 

How much time will it take to follow this course?

If you have 1 hour per week you will be able to digest all the information, complete the course and even do some of the assignments. The more time you have to practice, the more progress you will make.
You can learn at your own pace, or join the learning community as we go through one module per week.

Will I get feedback on assignments?

Yes, all students can give and receive feedback on our community platform and weekly live feedback sessions. Students in the coaching program are guaranteed critiques on all of their uploaded assignments and will get highly personalized mentoring.

I work digitally, is this course for me? / I work traditionally, is this course for me?

You can do all assignments in digital or traditional media.

What if I don't like the course?

If you don't love the course, let me know and I'll simply send you a refund.

Will I be able to download the video lessons?

Unfortunately, the course platform I'm using doesn't allow downloadable videos. If streaming doesn't work for you, let me know and we'll try to find a solution.

I can't afford this course / Can't buy the course in my country.

Money should never be the reason why someone can't access this course. If you truly cannot afford it, email me and I'll set you up with a scholarship account.

Can I use Paypal for my subscription?

Unfortunately, the course platform I'm using only allows credit cards for subscriptions and payment plans. If you are limited to Paypal, please get in touch through the chat on the bottom right of this page and I'll get back to you with a workaround.
In the 5 years I have been studying art I have been to many different classes, some of them good, many of them bad... If I had to pick the best of them all, it would be this class with Dorian Iten. I think there's no course out there more simple to tackle such a complex subject.
Fernando Suira, Freelance Artist
This course structured the way in which I draw now. It helped me to be automatically aware of values, light & form, and the assignments let you apply practically what you learned in theory. I can really recommend Dorian to anyone interested in drawing better!
Markus Stadlober, Freelance Illustrator

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