Be Curious - Draw an Object


Step 5: Light and dark (tone), and shadows

  • Spend some more time looking at the object, this time noticing carefully how some areas may be a darker shade than others, and how some areas may appear dark because they are in shadow. Also notice any shadow it makes around itself/underneath itself.  What shapes are these dark areas?  It can help to half close your eyes and look at the object. This reduces colours a little, and enables you to see the light and dark areas (tones)
Draw and lightly shade areas of tone
  • Draw and lightly shade in these areas of tone, trying to be as accurate as you can. Use a drawing tool and the kinds of marks that will best describe what you see



People often use a method called hatching to shade areas, (above) and you can also use other marks too. (See Step 6: Texture, and also, for more tips, refer to the exercises ‘Tools & Techniques’ and ‘Make Marks to Music’).  Start with the mid-toned shapes and then build up the darkest tones with heavier, bolder marks.





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