Thursday, March 11, 2010


Start by getting a clear 2 value system. The edges of the value can be soft firm or hard. After that, you can add half tone, core shadows, and dark accents. The key to making your drawings look solid is to have the shadow pattern relate to the contour. Sometimes you can't even see the change in the contour, but because you see the change in the shadow patter, you know it has to be there, so you look for it and find something you didn't see before.


  1. Here was a great tutorial on lighting and tone in a similar fashion to yours.

    Really appreciate all the effort you put into all these study pieces on here. One day I'll get through my advanced beginner stage.

  2. Great as always.

    The most eye-opening thing I learned about shading was the visual difference between cast (solid) and shape (gradient) shadows.