Project – Reflected Light

Exercise – Shadows and Reflected Light and Shade
I used compressed charcoal which, for me, is easier to work with. I need more practice in the use of stick charcoal in particular to obtain subtlety of marks and use of the flats/sides.
My objects are a bit misshapen but I have captured the shadows and reflections reasonably well though I find charcoal hard to work with any high degree of accuracy and once mistakes have been made it is hard to correct errors.

I think my attempt makes the objects look solid and indicate depth but the shadows tend to dominate the drawing even though they were not drawn as dark as the subject shadow dictated.

This exercise and the previous have enabled me to recognise and portray secondary shadows and reflections and hopefully I will be able to do these better in the future. Furthermore one will look at things differently in the future.

I wasn’t too sure how to cut down on the background/negative space other than drawing large.


Project – Reflected Light

Exercise – Study of Light Reflected from One Object to Another

Initially the setting appeared confusing as to what was reflection or shadow but by tackling the shading in small sections made the drawing come together as a whole.
I used a better, more concentrated, light source to the previous drawings so the shadows and reflections were more defined. Quite a big step for me and probably the best “solid” drawing I have ever done. I learned what to look for and how to identify the various elements that give depth and realism to a drawing.

The rear cast shadow looks “solid” and I noticed this in my other drawings in which shadows appear. If you make the shadows as dark as the tone requires then you have added a dominating element to the drawing. The cast shadows leave a clear cut hard edge which accentuates the problem. Is it best to feather the shadow?