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don’t draw a figure, draw shadow shapes.

November 21, 2011

I was doing some quick poses yesterday, thinking about drawing the shadow shapes with the brush. Each major chunk of shadow should have its own temperature gradient. Think like this: Sketch the contour>Draw the major shadow shapes >Spot in some contact (cast) shadows….and done! 15 and 20 min sketches.

And here’s the warmups from that session. You can see some of that ‘draw the shadow shapes’ in the faces I think.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2011 4:05 pm

    Interesting way to go. Thanks for your thoughts!

  2. December 20, 2011 6:32 am

    Beautiful work! Lovely line that really exudes confidence. Awesome.

  3. January 12, 2012 10:02 pm

    Awesome! Thanks again Marc for the comment and for pointing me in a direction.

  4. January 20, 2012 2:42 am


  5. March 14, 2012 7:47 pm

    Marc, you are simply the best…love these figure studies, and the lesson on drawing shadows first. I’ve never done figure drawing, and am intimidated as hell to take it on…but I know it’s got to happen, right?

  6. Elin permalink
    April 25, 2012 5:06 am

    Love the warm ups!!!


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