Lesson 4: Light and Shade
All form is made up of light and shade, the artist needs to grasp the effect of light on form before he can describe it convincingly.
Demonstration, Show the effect of light on a round object, identifying the highlight, half tone, core shadow, reflected lights and cast shadow. Also discuss the fall of light, why things get darker the further they are from the light source.
• The anatomy of light: draw a diagram showing the anatomy of light and label it.
• Put elements together: draw a sphere from using the elements discussed in the lesson to create an illusionistic drawing,
Week 5: Mass drawing
Mass drawing refers to rendering the solidity of the subject by masses of tone or colour, without emphasising lines or edges. This is the secret to drawing and painting,
Demonstration, illustrating the steps of realistic drawing.
• Learning the drill: draw a group of boxes using the step by step guide below.
- Shadow shapes,
- Grouping of the darks
- Darkest dark and lightest light,
- Fall of light,
- Reflected lights,
- Half tones.
Week 6: Atmospheric perspective
The effect the atmosphere has on an object when viewed from a distance. As the distance between an object and a viewer increases, the contrast of edges, detail and colour decreases. The artist needs to understand this concept if he wants to create the illusion of objects in space.
Demonstration, illustrate the effects of atmospheric perspective and how this can be applied to the figure, portrait and still life.
• Near and Far objects: learn how to create the illusion of depth, copy some examples of landscapes and simple still life arrangements.