Practice Light, Shadow & Shading Objects

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Improve your drawings by practicing the fundamentals of light, shadow & thinking in 3D.

Drawing accurately is one thing, but to understand how to apply accurate light and shadow will bring you a step closer to creating better drawings. 

Sometimes it's hard to understand why a drawing looks flat, awkward or just wrong... and we can't quite put a finger on it.

In order to understand how our drawings can be improved, we need key knowledge which will enable us to tell right from wrong through the understanding of basic art theory principles; one of which is the nature of light and shadow. Shading correctly will help breathe life into your art by conveying accurate information.

You can watch the video tutorial Shading with Ellipses, Light and Shadow which describes how to accurately draw ellipses, project shadows and shade correctly based on the the direction of light, which will ultimately improve your drawing ability. Be sure you give it a watch as these art tasks are designed to practice the principles taught and demonstrated in the tutorial.

This art task generator is designed improve your shading skills by prompting random objects for you to draw in a 3D environment, to shade accordingly based on the suggested light source. Where will the shadows fall? Where will the highlights be? Where does the light drop off?

By asking ourselves these questions, we come to understand the right answers which will help to improve our shading by understanding what and why something looks wrong.

Ellipses Drawing Tasks


Ellipses are curved lines that connect to points in a shape, they help to determine the volume of a subject. If you can come to understand where the ellipses will be in your drawings, then it will help you shade and draw with more accuracy! These ellipses drawing tasks come in different diffulty levels and getting you to grips with basics ellipses and then more complex shapes, which will ultimately condition you to think in 3D space.

Shading Drawing Tasks


These are foundation tasks aimed at people learning how to shade better drawings with light and shadow. The setup will prompt basic geometric shapes to be drawn in a 3D environment with accurate perspective, ready to practice shaded in by understanding the nature of the light source in relation to the shape.

These tasks are designed to help you improve our knowledge of light and shadow, by working with simple shapes at first, you'll eventually be able to apply accurate shading to your drawings regardless of how complicated the subject is.


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