Drawing Challenge #Day 8

Day 8’s challenge was to add shading to a given image based on the defined light source. The same image was repeated multiple time in the reference sheet, with the light coming in at different angles in each variation.

We were supposed to print out the reference sheet and add in shadows in each image after studying the light source in the image. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I decided to replicate the image on paper and then add shadows.

Here’s my drawing before adding the shading:

While adding shading, I decided to define the nose a bit more than in the sample image as the nose is what sticks out in an face and likely to cast shadows. I also defined the eyes a bit more. I also had to darken the hair a bit more so that I could differentiate it from the shading.

Here’s one of my shading samples. I’ve indicated the light direction by arrows.

I’m not sure about the accuracy of my shading. I guess I’ll know when I look at the solutions tomorrow. Any tips/references for improving my understanding of light and shadows with respect to sketching is welcome.

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I have been reading voraciously since the age of five when I first discovered the joys of reading. I would lap up anything in print. Unrolling an emptied newspaper cone with one hand, stuffing roasted peanuts in my mouth with the other, all the while devouring the printed content on the cone with my eyes, was one of my first experiences in hedonistic pleasure. In fact, sometimes I feel that I am on an adventurous journey through the secret dreamworld of other people's imaginations, interspersed with occasional visits to my own life to attend events like graduation, first job, marriage, and so on. As a true-blue reader, I think I am uniquely qualified to comment on and critique other people's works of labour. I can tell exactly what puts the average reader to sleep, what sets their pulse racing, and what has them salivating for more. Write to me at leenatpandey@gmail.com.

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