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

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Shading a Figure

The figure is basically a solid structure that interacts with light in much the same way as the ball used earlier in this chapter. All of the lighting principles of light side and shadow side are present. There are highlights, raking lights, core shadow, reflected light, and cast shadow. All the artist needs to do is determine where the light source is and how the light is falling on the figure. The figure is first broken into a light side and a dark side. From there, the artist defines the different aspects of lighting and shades the drawing accordingly. Follow along with this exercise to see one way of shading your figure drawings.

To get a good feeling of form and solidity in a figure drawing, the artist must shade the drawing ...

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