How Can a Wooden Egg Help in Learning to Draw Shadows and Highlights?


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How do You Draw Shadows and Highlights from a Wooden Egg?

Artist subject to be drawn is a reference is a wooden egg to learn shadows and highlights.

This is a simple art subject to work from but one that is good in learning to apply artist drawing principles to many other art elements. The principles used in drawing lights and dark shadows are applied to drawing rocks, trees, cats, dogs, lions and tiger and bears. Everything in creation that we see, we see because of light. It's understanding how light and shadow methods work that helps us to render art elements properly in your artworks.

After drawing the outline structure of the art element, first thing is to identify where your darkest darks are and your lightest lights are located. Many artists will squint their eyes in order to see differences in the art element's shadows.

In drawing in shadows most often you will want to begin by penciling in the darkest areas and sketching towards the lightest areas. So we will start our pencil shading at the bottom where it also has the most light constrasts. It is interesting to notice the reflective light flowing back onto the wooden eggs surface in this area. This reflective light helps in creating this cast shadow contrast.

Where to Start Drawing at the Cast Shadow?

On any art element drawn there is a cast shadow. Generally you will find the cast shadow at the edge of the art element and here is where the darkest portion of the cast shadow appears. Noteworthy is that this shadow is sharpest in appearance at this closest point near the art element and then generally this shadow softens as the shadow field moves outward from the art element.

Drawing the cast shadow of the art subject.

Cast shadows can be simple or they can have other facets which give a drawing a more realistic look. For instance if you study the cast shadow on the wooden egg image there is some reflective light in the shadow area that bounces in from the surrounding outside areas.

Also there is double shadow near the cast shadow's edge made by two different light sources. The cast shadow's edge softens towards the right and back side of the wooden egg.

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