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Sketching Objects With Shadows
Still Life Study, by J. S. Robinson

Here is a sketch using only line. The line encompasses the area of shadow that you see when squinting. Notice how the grapes are treated as one large object. The artist has introduced only a tiny amount of detail to suggest individual grapes. The apple was incorporated into the dark shadow on the wall, but not differentiated from it. This will happen when the drawing is further refined.

When you think about shadows rather than individual objects, you can refine your drawing and know that the apple must be in shadow. Light, unfortunately, does not always form strongly defined shapes. It is up to you, as an artist, to make a decision about the size and configuration of the shapes based on your observations.

Still Life Study, by J. S. Robinson

Here is a sketch with the shapes of shadow filled in with a soft 2B pencil. The artist has drawn three large shapes of shadow.

Do you notice that by shading in the shadow areas only, you have instantly created the shape of the light area? You have created your own jigsaw puzzle! You are now on the way to understanding how to create a sense of depth and volume in your drawing.

Still Life Study, by J. S. Robinson
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