3-degreesFeatured By OwnerMar 21, 2009Hobbyist General Artist
feet are so hard! they're the strangest things
i like how it looks with the second light source excluded, actually. i'm more impressed that you were able to draw only one... i tend to just draw what I see with less understanding of the dynamics. light is so difficult to understand.
I'll be honest, I have no experience drawing things with multiple light sources so I guess that's kind of why I left one out. Do you have any suggestions for books on studying light? If so that'd be fabulous, there's nothing better than finding out why I didn't know before.
Haha, the best wayto get experience is to just do it. Even if you feel you failed, you got that experience.
I can't think of any books covering this specifically, so all I can give is some ideas to get you started. Live reference is always a good place to learn. The old masters learned that way, so I guess it's worth something Put some objects in front of you, and take two lights to light them. Pretty easy. I would recommend using two differently colored lights. This way you can easily tell where each light touches the object, and where the lights mix. Some interesting objects may be: Something round, like a ball (or an apple). This is great for getting the directions of the light. Something metal or otherwise shiny (cutlery?). Because they reflect light differently than non-reflective objects. Something transparent, like glass, water, or a glass full of water. This is a bit hard to draw, and to figure out why the light behaves like it does. It's very rewarding to find out, and being able to draw transparent objects well is a big achievement. When you're done with a study, reposition the lights (maybe be bold and add another light), and study how everything changed.
And when you've mastered everything you can, don't forget to be the first to write a book on it