Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video How light and shadows work, part of Foundations of Drawing.
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…So what we're going to look at now is light logic and…how cast shadows can be so important to how we draw something realistically.…Shadows are really, really important in your drawings.…But it's something when you're first coming to drawing, you'll…often miss out, or won't put as much importance on.…When beginners first come to drawing, they always focus on the…object and not the surrounding shadows or shapes around the object.…So we're going just help trying tuning our eyes…to focus in our shadows because it can really help…us to engage that left-hand side of our brain…and start to look for abstract shapes in the composition.…
If you think of the nose or an eye, you really think of an image an actual…shape but if you think of a nose shadow or an eye shadow, they don't really exist.…They are always changing as the light changes and because…of this you've really going to to focus in on it, in…your drawing and that really helps us to get accurate drawings…in the sense of balance and real form in your pieces.…
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