Core Shadow

There is a band of shadow that separates the raking light from the shadow area of the ball. This shadow is called the core shadow, and it is shown in Figure 7.13.

The core shadow runs along the edge of the object that is directly past the influence of the light. It is a very important shadow for the artist because the core shadow, more than any other shading, defines the form. The core shadow is the darkest shadow on the ball because it receives the least amount of light.

Light side

Dark side

Figure 7.12 Half the ball is on the light side, and half is on the shadow side.

Light side

Dark side

Figure 7.12 Half the ball is on the light side, and half is on the shadow side.

Core shadow

Figure 7.13 The core shadow runs on the line next to the light side of an object.

Core shadow

Figure 7.13 The core shadow runs on the line next to the light side of an object.

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