Without doubt the most successful shadows with tone are to be obtained by using a lamp, inside under controlled conditions. Having a direct, controllable light source will result in some fascinating light and shade scenarios.
As you can see from today’s photos, there are a variety of ways one can arrange the objects that one wants to draw. The same applies with the light source. Smaller, sharper lights throw a more controllable beam. Sitting beyond the furthest shadow is advisable as it will result in a greater angle of depth. The resulting shadows can give a somewhat three-dimensional look.
Drawing inside under a controlled light is not as difficult as one may expect and can be quite fun.
It is important though to spend time on arranging your objects and your light source to obtain the most ‘interesting’ shadows that you can. These drawings are about shadows, not light. A shadow is usually the more dominant, but its shape should be interesting too.
When arranging objects, it’s a good idea to take photos of a variety of different ‘layouts’ for future reference if required.
Tomorrow I will publish some of the drawings completed during the workshop.