This lesson will help you gain an understanding of light and shadow by closely observing and drawing basic shapes under various lighting conditions.
- pencil & eraser
- still life setup
- We will review some terms related to light and shadow.
- I will give you a technical explanation on how light and shadow works.
- After that, I will demonstrate how light and shadow actually functions in reality by using a spot light and some basic shapes.
- Later we will observe and draw several shapes under several different lighting conditions. The subject matter includes a sphere, cylinder, cube and a 3D hexagon.
- center light - the exact point where light hits an object, perpendicular to it's surface
- highlight - the part of an object that is hit with light, not quite perpendicularly
- halftone - the part of an object that is exposed to a light source but even less directly
- terminator - the dividing line between the light and dark part of a spherical object
- core of shadow - the part of an object that is not in contact with direct light
- reflected light - light that is bounced off of objects and reflects onto other objects
- occlusion shadow - the part of the shadow that is almost completely blocked from light
- cast shadow - dark area, usually on a flat plane, where light from a light source is blocked by an object
- light source - things or devices that produces natural and artificial light
- composition - the placement or arrangement of visual elements in a work of art