don’t draw a figure, draw shadow shapes.

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 thoughts on “don’t draw a figure, draw shadow shapes.

  1. 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?

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