Drawing Light & Shadow
Another Fifth Friday Extra
Drawing is seeing first. Seeing nuances in light and shadow is easy when we know how to look for them.
This 61 minute tutorial is about drawing light and shadow. Dianne guides you through sorting out what is in shadow and what is not in shadow, defining deep, moderate and shallow shadow areas, defining center light, halftones and low light areas, developing minor and moderate contrasts in the shadow and light areas and finishing with accents of shadow, highlights and lost edges.
Dianne sees drawing as a skill that can be mastered by using the same approach musicians and athletes use to develop their skills. Having seen her method work with thousands of students over her fifty years teaching drawing and painting, Dianne is convinced that the key to skillful drawing is a dedication to developing skills to the point that they become as automatic as driving a car.
Developing your skills frees you and opens you up to being creative. When you no longer have to struggle with the how-to, you’re potential is unlimited.
Typically, we have two misconceptions about drawing. First, it is wrongly thought that drawing is done to be only to be shown whereas one of the most important uses of drawing is to work out ideas. Second, it is wrongly thought that drawing should be precise whereas when searching out ideas, what becomes important is what the artist discovers rather than the drawing itself.
Drawing is indeed a powerful and delightful mode of expression and creativity. Some of the most moving art works in existence and now being created are drawings. But to limit drawing, or even painting, to production only is to limit potential for discovery. After all, it is through discovery where new ideas are born.
Michelangelo Buonarroti, one of the most beloved artists of all ages used drawing to discover and plan all of his works. Studies for the Last Judgement in the Sistene Chapel in Rome are found HERE, and for the Medici Chapel in Florence, HERE.