I just love when the plants in my dining room cast beautiful shadows on the wall in the afternoon. When I see them I feel like it's a sign to stop and take a moment to appreciate all that is around me, especially the sunlight making it possible for the shadows to be there. I often take photos of them when they appear, admiring the lights and darks of each image. One day I thought, why not use the photos as inspiration for a drawing.
For this exercise you will need a photo or two of some shadows. If you don't want to take your own photo, but would like to try this exercise, you can use my images below.
I used tinted charcoal paper, a soft charcoal pencil, a soft white pastel, and a pencil. Once I sketched out my shadows I took it even further by adding some ink and doodles to the top layer.
Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious. - jean cocteau