Today our topic was light and shadow -- how to see it, understand it and render it on a two-dimensional surface. I started by demonstrating with a lamp to illustrate the different zones of light, shade and shadow an artist can usually expect to see. Then we jazzed things up with some colored light bulbs and saw how the color and temperature of light can produce surprising, richly colored shadows and bounce-light.
Our first drawing project was a simple cube and sphere study with basic light and shadow effects using charcoal and white pastel on brown paper. The artists then arranged some blocks and balls under strong lamplight and drew their set-up, considering the cast-shadow shapes an important part of the composition and carefully observing and rendering the subtle effects of light and shadow. The results were really impressive! Great composition, dramatic lighting and beautifully-rendered three-dimensional form. Way to go, you guys!
|Lilly and Linda|
|Pat and Sharon|
|Linda and Lilly|
|The group's work|
|Zoe's drawing, "A Square Peg in a Round Hole"|