Shadow Area

All of the area that does not receive direct light from the light source is called the shadow area (see Figure 7.11).

As the surface of the ball turns away from the light source, it no longer receives light directly from the light source. The shadow area generally receives the least amount of detail in a drawing because there is less light to define this area.

Figure 7.11 The shadow area is the area of an object not receiving direct light.

Figure 7.11 The shadow area is the area of an object not receiving direct light.

In situations where there is only one light shining on an object, such as a ball, roughly half of the ball will be in the shadow area and half will be in the light area. Viewing the ball directly to the side of the light source illustrates how the light and shadow areas are divided, as shown in Figure 7.12.

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