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    Reflected light...

    OK, so I went to a life drawing session the other day, and I ran into a new problem. Typically I have no problem recreating the figure somewhat accurately, finding the shaped and the masses and what not, but my last visit to the life drawing session had me baffled. After doing some studies from some magazines I had lying around, I began to notice more and more instances of reflected light that I had been leaving out before. So I go to life drawing the next day, and I was completely thrown off by all the reflected light I was beginning to notice on the model. Normally I would lay down lines and build the figure with linework, but this time I found myslef trying to accurately give her shape by giving her proper values and shading. Anyway, I was pretty frustrated with the whole 3 hours, but I figured that at least I had some what taken a step forward. Or did I? Am I going in the wrong direction, or was this little incident a necessary step? Any advice is welcome.

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    I belive that when you doubt yourself is when you make the biggest progress really.. I think you should continue on the path your on.. The light and the shadows are what builds shape so its very important and so you seem to be on the right way.. You should post some of the pics here so people can see if your really making progress.. Hard to tell with only a description, but like I said you seem to be on to something that will help you evolve..

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    A good way to get the reflected light without fussing too much over it is to first divide everything into either light or dark (but don't go TOO dark). Then, when that is correct, add the core shadow, which will automatically give you your reflected light.

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    I would be very surprised if many of the "masterpices" would still be masterpieces if their painter did not recognize and incorporate reflected light in the piece.

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