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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

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