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Main exercise:

  1. Choose one of the shading styles introduced in class.
  2. Create a simple still life made of two items (example: an apple and a cup)
  3. Place the objects together on a white background, and arrange the light to shine on the setup from one side (for example, place the still life next to a window or desk lamp).
  4. Draw the setup in pencil, using the chosen shading style for both the body shadow (shadow on the objects) and for the cast shadow (shadow on the table cast by the objects). Use your eraser as much as you need and take your time refining the technique.

Make it look three-dimensional by adding shadows. To know where to draw shadows, squinting at your setup and at your drawing for comparison can help.


Rearrange the objects on the same background under the same light. On a new page, draw them from observation with the lights and shadows, but this time, use the shading technique that was not your favorite during class. Before drawing, write down how you feel about this shading style. Once you finish, write down how you feel after completing the drawing. I would love to hear your thoughts in next week's class!

Artist Examples

Michelangelo Buonarroti, Portrait of Andrea Quaratesi, 1532
Leonardo Da Vinci, Head of a Young Woman, c. 1483–1485
Rembrandt van Rijn, Faust, c. 1652
Anders Leonard Zorn, King Oscar II (or Oscar II), 1898
Piet Mondrian, Field with Oak Trees at Dusk, 1906
Claude Monet, La Côte sauvage, 1908
Paul Cézanne, Self Portrait, c. 1875
Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh's Chair, 1888
Edvard Munch, Vampire II, 1895
Giorgio Morandi, Still Life with a Small Bread Basket, 1921
Andy Warhol, Mineola Motorcycle, 1985
Roy Lichtenstein, Alka Seltzer, 1966
Käthe Kollwitz, The Mothers (Die Mütter) from War (Krieg), 1921–22
Pablo Picasso, Untitled, 1954

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