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Beginning Figure Drawing Part 3: Light & Shadow with Steve Huston

Beginning Figure Drawing Part 3: Light & Shadow
Follow the Laws of Light To influence your shadow patterns!

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Steve Huston
Human Figure, Light & Color
Charcoal, Pen, Pencil
5h 45m 5s
Beginning Figure Drawing

Beginning Figure Drawing represents the culmination of decades of instruction to studios and professionals around the world where Steve has honed his teaching philosophy down to a fun and efficient experience. This is Part 3 of the series, check out Part 2 here!

Despite his impressive bona fides, Steve specializes in making complex information easy to understand for everybody. Having watched Parts 1 & 2, your understanding of gesture, structure, and the parts of the body provide you with a foundation upon which you’ll project light and shadow. In this third and final installment of the series, Steve will give you a thorough lesson on the Laws of Light and show you how to follow and manipulate them in order to create graphically pleasing shadow patterns on your figures. To master the laws of light you need to begin to think of the forms of the body in three dimensions, and make decisions about values based on a given form’s relation to the direction and location of the light source. Steve will reflect on the decision making of the Old Masters, do multiple demonstrations to drive the points home, and render completed drawings both on his drawing pad and the lecture board.


  • Sharpie Markers
  • Conté à Paris Pencil – White
  • Carbothello #645
  • Strathmore Bristol 500
  • Conté à Paris Chalk
  • Charcoal – Alphacolor – Char Kole
  • Conte a paris #1355
  • Paper Stump
  • Sculpy Kneaded Eraser
  • White plastic eraser
  • Sand Paper
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