P31 – Reflected Light – Exercise – Shadows and reflected light and shade

“Use charcoal, a putty rubber and pick two objects with shiny reflective surfaces. … Create the lightest tones by erasing the charcoal with your putty rubber.”

I used the stainless steel sugar basin which I used for Exercise 8 together with a polished metal goblet. I put them on a sheet of grey card as I didn’t want too much reflection from the surface.

The reflection of the sugar basin was clearly visible in the main part of the goblet but the shape was distorted by the curvature of the goblet. The top part of the reflection was even more distorted by the lip of the goblet so it looked a little like a thistle.

Unfortunately I had to draw the composition on A3 paper as I did not have any A1 or A2 paper as suggested. I shaded the background with the charcoal.

I was pleased with the four reflections – in the lip, the curved base and the part above the stem as well as in the main part of the goblet.

Check and Log:

  • What are the difficulties in separating cast shadows from reflected light and shade? The reflected shadows were softer and not quite as dark as cast shadows. In the same way, the reflected highlights are softer and not as bright as direct highlights.
  • The reflected shadow and light follows the contours of the objects. How have you shown this in your drawing? As mentioned above, the stainless steel basin is reflected in the metal goblet. The reflection of the round basin is quite elongated in the main body of the goblet, while it is very wide in the lip of the goblet.

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I'm a printmaker based in the North West of England, living in Bolton and printing at Hot Bed Press in Salford. Please visit my website johnpindararts.weebly.com
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2 Responses to P31 – Reflected Light – Exercise – Shadows and reflected light and shade

  1. Pingback: A Reflection on Reflections | The Milkman Goes To College

  2. clinock says:

    Sensitive drawing John – you’ve got the lighting right on – worth an A for sure…

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