Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating form with shadows and light, part of Foundations of Drawing.
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…So now we're going to turn a form with shadows.…And look at some basic pencil techniques…that achieve one tone next to another tone.…To create the illusion form.…This technique will really help if you ever want to go into painting.…Where we use blocks of color next to each other.…To build up a realistic effect.…I've chosen a cone because we can get to see how…light works on a specific shape with a long cast shadow.…So…I have got my tonal ground here laid out and what I've started…to do is just draw out the actual line drawing of the cone.…
So you can use a ruler for this if you like just to make sure…you get some nice straight lines here And get a nice straight horizon to work to.…Also, if you notice where the shadow line is, where the actual cast shadow.…So the cast shadow is always going to…be darkest where there's the least amount of light.…So that's always going to be here, in the shadow side of the actual cone.…And if you look carefully, you'll see that this triangle here.…Which has quite a dark shadow, too, and the softer shadow on the outside…
Shape: By focusing on the shapes of the objects (and more importantly the shapes between the objects) you can view subjects with a whole new outlook and focus.
Simplicity: You'll get better results by concentrating on simple subjects and drawing techniques that will still prove powerful when used together.
Structure: A structured approach makes drawing easier to master.
Each chapter in this course is built on these three principles, combining drawing theory and practical examples with worksheets and drawing assignments. Will Kemp brings his passion for teaching and infectious love of drawing together in these lessons. You'll learn about line, value, tone, negative space, and perspective, and come away with the confidence to start making drawing a daily practice.
This course was created and produced by Will Kemp. We're honored to host this training in our library.
- Materials you need to draw
- Drawing theory
- Framing your composition
- Using the picture plane
- Creating contrast
- Using negative space to create more powerful compositions
- Creating form from shadows and light