It sounds so trivial, drawing shadow shapes. But the fact is a lot of artists struggle with drawing, or shading in shadow shapes. A different term for this is “blocking in”. Some artists simply just don’t see shadows. They cannot see blocks of tone.
We’re all good at one thing right? I have always had an easy time of seeing shadows shapes. Line however was really tough for me. How about you, do see more with line instead of tone?
The goal is to become balanced with the way we see. Of course you can make something really dimensional with just line. However when you can add line with tone things get a little more interesting.
For those of you who struggle with seeing the proper shadow value here are a couple of tips.
If you enjoyed watching the critiques I would encourage you to get your drawings looked at. Sometimes we get so close to our own artwork that we cannot see what we are struggling with. Worst yet we don’t know how to get past the roadblock.
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Hi Matt I’ve been looking at your teaching style and feel that you can teach me so much. Did my first gesso and then painted on the surface you helped me create. It worked ok I know I kind of rushed ahead. But it has shown me just how much I need to learn. I’ve also been looking at dto and learning how to draw more realistic faces and bodies. I have a long way to go and you are an inspiration. One day I hope to achieve images as good as you do