Learning to Draw # 3 Shadows and Light

When we visited Lovely Eldest I found a short bit of downtime to sketch. Being me I only wanted to sketch natural things and all that was on offer was an apple and an aloe vera  plant. I took the wimps option…

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I hate drawing apples and it shows…

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However Eldest is a rather talented young lady, so I showed her my sketch and asked for help. In five minutes she drew a far more convincing apple than I could in 30 and basically pointed out that I wasn’t putting enough effort into my shading.

Next day I sketched the play aeroplane at the airport on our way home attempting to put more effort into my shading…

When we returned home, I found a dear friend, who is a very talented portrait artist, had made a suggestion about working on my shading in the comments on my blog post.  The universe was clearly pushing me to work on my shading, so the next day I drew the tree stump I’d drawn the first day I started drawing and focused on shading…

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I knew there was still a long way to go, but was pleased with the improvement I’d made in four weeks…

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Next day I found a YouTube tutorial that explained the light/shadows really clearly and used it to help me draw a much better apple – all be it an imaginary one…

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Next I drew my strawberry planter…

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The next day was busy, so I worked on squeezing quick sketches in when I had 5 or 10 minutes throughout the day…

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Next day I shaded the trees in a sketch I’d half draw ten days earlier…

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And finally I worked on a jug last Sunday.

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I’m now learning about perspective, while, of course continuing to work on my shading.

Until next time,

Bekki x