Free Drawing Lessons

Lesson 3

The 3 Rules of How Light Works

If it weren’t for light, there would be no such thing as drawing. As a person’s features are illuminated, it reveals the curves of the face or the folds of their clothing. But it isn’t just what the light shines on that shows us the detail: it’s where the light doesn’t shine that reveals the depth, contrasting with the areas where there is more light.

In this video you’ll learn the 3 rules of light that will let you add depth to your image, even when you can’t see it in the reference pictures that you are drawing from.

Every artist can gain deeper levels and explore new facets. But even a beginning student can learn and apply these simple rules to add a striking illusion of depth to their drawings.

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