Hagia Sophia Highlights and Shadows in Drawings and Paintings

The more I am practicing and the more I realize how much it is important to understand Highlights and Shadows in drawings and paintings! This is an essential skill to develop as you work your way towards creating more realistic artwork. Once you finished drawing basic outlines, the next step is to add shadings in order to give a sense of believable form and three- dimensionality

If you ever feel frustrated about your art looking so ”flat”, you need to develop that skill!

A white egg on a white paper

We all see objects because of light. Without light, we won’t be able to see. That is why we need to clearly understand that they give the subject shape and form.

Let us start with this example, I placed a white egg on a white paper. So how are we supposed to draw one object on another with the same color? For this, we need to think about how our eyes can actually differentiate these two objects despite the fact that they are both white!

This is all about the lights! Look at the shades and try to find from where the lights hit this egg. This will help you place the highlights and shadows in a proper way.

Swipe right and left to see the drawing and picture of the egg!

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Hagia Sophia Highlights and Shadows in Drawings and Paintings

Things to know about shading

Everything has a shadow! So when drawing a landscape or cityscape for example, every objects and little details are supposed to have shadows.

Pay attention to the light source! When the light hits an object, the area where it directly touches is the highlights. The areas on an object that receive little or no light are shadows.

→ You can use different techniques that are really useful to know when you want to add shadings, as dots, hatching or crosshatching. All of these are group of dots or lines placed in an organized way in order to show a sense of volume, depth, and texture.

→ When using graphite pencils or watercolor, it is better that highlights and shadows are blended and never form a harsh line.

Start lightly with shadows and build up with more layers. Add as many layers as you want so that it gets darker.

→  Highlights are generally created by using the tint of the color and shadows are created by using the shades of a color.

Experiment with different techniques and go for the one you feel better using it!

→ The shadows are never all black! They have darker and lighter tones.

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Hagia Sophia Highlights and Shadows in Drawings and Paintings

With shading, the magical illusion of three-dimensional reality appears on your drawing paper. This is why  the placement of the light source affects every aspect of an artwork.

Practice your observational skills for getting used to see the light and shadow areas!

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