For today's practice, I set up a simple still life:
I then found a wonderful mouse image on the internet from this site:http://www.adrianjohnstone-taxidermist.co.uk
and here is my combined little sketch:
I found the shadow to be pretty sharp, and quite fascinating to see the little bit of shadow that is cast by the upturn of the thread. I decided to do the same for my sketched-in-mouse's tail.
I am heading outside now to sketch a little something in nature.
Thanks so much for visiting!
An update! Here's a quick pencil sketch of the sunset this evening. It's very quick, but I wanted to capture the clouds...what beautiful shades to try to capture!
and in researching online for some good books about lighting, I stumbled upon this wonderful blog by Alan Carroll, who specializes in decorative finishes and murals in New York City.
This post describes "how to draw shadows on the Acanthus", a very beautiful decoration. Alan posts images of George Smith, "Furniture Draughtsman to His Majesty", who produced an incredible volume of Plates in 1826 "comprising instructions in the elementary principles of Ornamental Foliage enabling the student to draw with facility and correctness in this so generally useful branch of the Art." I found this fascinating as it described step by step the artist's method in creating the shadows, but more specifically doing it in a methodical way so as not to get caught up on each tiny shadow's detail. The overall effect, is impressive! I extrapolate this find by thinking about surface area and how light hits and how there are shallow shadows, overall mid-toned shadows, and then deep and distinctive shadows. Please visit this link, it's incredible!