Monday, October 27, 2008

The Color of Shadow

I'm back in Washington for the time being, waiting on starting my next job. So I'm attending the open model sessions at the local community college. I'm trying to work mainly in gouache, but lately I've been enjoying charcoal again.

I enjoy how each lifedrawing experience offers a unique set of problems. This time the light was positioned behind the model, so it created very strong shadows near the model's head. Trying to capture the temperature of the shadow and just how many colors there actually were was very difficult for me at this point, but such a great exercise. Shadows have so much richness and subtlety to them, but it's hard to see it all sometimes, because you just tend to overlook them and focus on the contrast of light and dark.

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