Light and Shade in Charcoal, Pencil and Brush Drawing by Anson Kent CrossAn instructional book for intermediate and advanced students, this volume is also a valuable tool for teachers looking to master the principles of light and shade. One of the most in-depth treatments available, it offers a wealth of details on mediums and techniques, including natural and artificial light, gradations, and more.
Author Anson K. Cross begins with studies of chiaro-oscura, or light and shade, and examples of values and their tests. He discusses the aims of students and artists and offers some general advice on technique and method before exploring the specifics of charcoal, pencil, and brush drawing. Sixty-five black-and-white illustrations, many of them drawn by students, appear throughout the book.
Draw Apple with Pencil - How to do Shading - Learn Light and Shadow
Drawing Light and Shadows
In this light and shadow series, we look at the theory, drawing and painting of a simple form focusing on shadow, light and edges. The different characteristics of the light hitting an object can completely change its appearance. One of the key lessons from this demonstration I want you to come away with is to understand the importance of soft edges in your drawings. Soft edges suggest the idea of roundness and a gradual transition. In photography , lighting can often be called hard light or soft light. Hard light is harsh light so creates sharp shadows and harder edges.
Light and shadows visually define objects. Before you can draw the light and shadows you see, you need to train your eyes to see like an artist. Values are the different shades of gray between white and black. Artists use values to translate the light and shadows they see into shading, thus creating the illusion of a third dimension. A full range of values is the basic ingredient for shading. When you can draw lots of different values, you can begin to add shading, and therefore depth, to your drawings.
Taking a closer look at light and shadow
HOW TO DRAW - Shading Light & Shadow
An object is almost never in simply light and shade. Rather, it is usually in an environment in which light is bouncing around in several directions. For this reason, it is important for beginners to understand the nature of shadows and light. Light hitting a cylindrical object and the resulting pattern of shadow D , highlight HL , darkest dark, or core shadow DD , and reflected light RL. All diagrams this article by Steven L. Highlight refers to the bright reflection that occurs where the light directly hits the form.