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Figure Drawing with Virtual Models: Getting the Most Out of Poser® Figure Artist™ by Les Pardew

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Light and Shadow

Where there is light there is also shadow. A shadow is an area of diminished light because the object is blocking some of the light from entering. The light and shadow of an object help show its shape and dimensions. In Figure 7.6, the shadow gives the figure the appearance of standing on the ground, even though the figure is only seen in silhouette.

Figure 7.6. The shadow helps to plant the figure on the ground.

Now let’s take a look at how light defines a three-dimensional object. We will start with a simple shape, such as a sphere. Look at Figure 7.7 and try drawing the picture of a ball sitting on a tabletop before you ...

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