Types of Light

There are basically two types of light in drawing—direct light and reflected light. Direct light emanates from a light source, such as a light bulb or the sun. During a normal sunny day, the world is bathed in light with the sun as the light source. If you were to look directly at the sun (something your mother probably told you not to do), you would be looking at direct light, as shown in Figure 7.3. The same thing is true for a light bulb or a campfire. Anything that creates light, such as a TV or a computer monitor, is giving off direct light.

Reflected light bounces off of objects. We see the world around us primarily through reflected light. The yellow, green, and red in Figure 7.3 are all reflected light. The light of the sun is bouncing from the objects and reflecting back to the viewer.

Figure 7.2 Is this good lighting for a figure drawing?
Figure 7.3 Light that comes directly from a light source is called direct light.

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