Join Will Kemp for an in-depth discussion in this video Hard and soft lighting effects, part of Foundations of Drawing: Light and Shadow.
…The different characteristics of lights, whether it's hard or soft or diffused,…can really change the characteristics of the subject that you're looking at.…So, even a small angle change or…position change with the light can really create a different feel.…For this demonstration, I am going to be using 2 lamps.…One is this table lamp that has just got a bare bulb into it, and…another lamp that is in a soft box, and this is just a bare lamp that has…got some diffusion onto it so it is a softer light source.…
We will be able to compare the differences between the 2.…Here's an example of where the soft box has given a softer edge to the shadows of…these apples.…And, an edge is just where two objects or…two surfaces meet together, most commonly in drawing we talk about a hard edge…being an area that has a sharpness to it or a key focal point in the drawing.…So, it could be a crisp line to indicate a change in shape or…angle or it could be an area of high contrast.…In this Michelangelo drawing, just look how he's handled the two shoulders very…
- Identifying the light sources
- Understanding the history of light and shadow in art
- Working with different lighting angles
- Working with line and tone shadow patterns
- Creating form with pencils, chalk, and charcoal