One might think that this is the easiest thing to do. Just a bit darker where the light does not reach and lighter where the object encounters light, right? Maybe for some artists it is easy, but certainly it was not for me. Not at the start. Why do we need shadows at all? This way we can depict objects as three dimensional on a two-dimensional paper or canvas. Shadow is an area which is not in direct light. There are areas on the objects which are not ‘seeing’ the light at all and then there are areas which just see part of the light.
I have been working on my shadowing technique for months now (and still developing it). Some experiments have been more successful than others. Therefore, I will show you only two examples here of my depiction of kitchen towels.
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