Having been teaching for a few years now, it seemed like a good idea to share some tips, based on subjects that students often find difficult. I plan to make these ‘quick tips’ a regular feature on the blog.
How to avoid common mistakes when depicting cast shadows
Below are examples of common mistakes many students make when drawing cast shadows. These examples are drawn in soft pastels but the quick tips can be applied to other media.
This first image shows a jet black shadow with no graduation in tone. This makes it look a bit like a hole in your drawing!
When drawing in colour remember that shadows also contain colour they are never completely black, although in some cases a touch of black may be needed. Shadows also graduate in tone, the darkest at the base of the apple and getting lighter the further from the source.
This second image shows an outlined shadow that has also been drawn before the table surface was added and has been shaded in using curved marks that give the impression of a solid object.