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[Drawing] Introducing Light And Shade
March 21, 2009

According to the Masters, the best way to learn to draw is to study outlines. This simple method gives us an insight into what is involved in a drawing - I call it the foundation of drawing.

Of course, we can't stay with outline drawing forever, we'd certainly get bored with that.

So, as with anything we learn to do, we progress onto the next step. This means we venture into the land of Light and Shade.

The drawing tip in the December newsletter was to use your observation skills if you don't get time to draw, and to observe the light source on an object. This little tip will help you to introduce light and shade into your next drawing.

That is, to start adding shadow to your outlines. You won't even notice the improvements that you are bound to achieve. It's such a gradual process.

I found an old manual about Light and Shade and it was 200 pages long! That's how involved the process can be.

So, in my usual fashion, I've filtered out the most important bits. Take a look, here's how you can start introducing Light and Shade.

I hope you find some valuable information there.

Tip of the Month

You use shading to make your drawing subjects appear 3 dimensional.

If the light source comes from the right, you shade the left side. And vice versa.

Shadow follows the opposite side of light. Shadows are elongated.

Strong light means you add a dark, sharp shadow.

Weak light is demonstrated with a diffuse shadow.

, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read this issue, I really appreciate it.

You are welcome to reply to this email if you have anything you'd like to share with me. I love hearing from you.

Kind regards,


"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - (Anonymous)

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