Monthly Archives: October 2011

Shadow Drawing – Learning Activity 1.1

I love sketching,  and wish I was actually good at it :p

First assignment for week 4:

“Pick out one single object and put it on a clean surface with a light source. Practice sketching the shadows of the object, and use different shadowing techniques. 
Move the light source around, and find different shapes of the shadow.
Present your sketches on your reflective diary, and describe how you experienced this drawing session. 

  • Did it make you see your surroundings in a different way?
  • How has it influenced your knowledge of shapes?
  • Why do you think we gave you this task?”

Unfortunately, my scanner went a bit haywire today, and I wasn’t able to scan all of my sketches. I’ll add a few more when I’ve bashed the scanner back to life 🙂

My first three sketches was drawn outside on my balcony, using the sun as a light source. I picked my favorite vegetable , the bell pepper!



On the first three sketches, I’ve only been considering the shape of the shadow, and I didn’t really try any other techniques.
However, like I said, I’ll post a few more, to show that I have in fact used some other techniques as well.

I’m not in the possession of any power to move the sun, so I ended up moving the bell pepper around in different heights, and angels to get some variation.

This learning activity have made me obsessed with shadows, and I completely look at details of my surroundings in different ways.
I am now constantly looking at the shadows, and the way several light sources can make a shadow not making logical sense at all…until you study the object further.

I think my knowledge of shapes were pretty lousy from before, so if anything, it’s made me more curious, especially in regards to shadows.
Round objects – hard to draw, as it makes funny shapes.
Straight lined/squared objects – easier to draw, and gives a “harder” shape to the object (depending on how strong the light source is).

In regards to why we were handed this task, I am pretty sure it was to make us aware of how a single object, can cast a million different shadows, in different light settings.
Not only can it be used in sketching, but it can be used for graphic design,  photography, and much more related to our multimedia design course.

Happy days!



At the start of the week…

Alright. Autumn holidays over, and I hope you’s all had some brilliant and relaxing days off.

New educational week, and more fun stuff to do. Week four – sketch technique and color theory.
This means a whole lot of sketching, and even some painting to do. At the end, we’re suppose to digitize in Illustrator again.

I’ve started off the week by reading the curriculum, as I normally do on a Monday, and I’ll start the first learning activity tomorrow.

In the meanwhile, check out this awesome lighthouse five minutes down the road from my house:

This was unfortunately taken earlier this year, and I’m unable to use it in my photo archive. The photo looks nice non-edited as well, however, I’m a dedicated edit monster, and I’m completely in love with this look.
It was actually taken with a Fuji Finepix S1600, which is a bridge camera – and it’s been edited in PS, using noise reduction and a nice little color dash trick I’ve previously learned through some tutorials on YouTube.

I’m a slave to these PS tutorials, and it’s insanely helpful when you’re stuck at something.

Check some of them out here:

Anyways, I wish everyone a productive and creative week 🙂