On this page on how to draw shadows we will look at two different types of shadows, and how they apply to both tone and textures.
This page is an extension of the pervious page dealing with how to Draw Light . Where the phases of light, tonal range and lighting was discussed. Both pages could be described as being two sides of the same coin. The one is as relevant as the other.
It goes without saying that every artist will have his or her own methods of drawing. As a result the intensity or 'blackness' of any one grade of graphite will differ from one artist to another. It may not be by much, but literally, in the over all picture it will make a difference.
A suggestion is to make your own graphite tonal range so you can compare. Don't rush through it, take your time. Do it as if it is going to be your next masterpiece. After all, it must reflect the way you would normally draw.
Every drawing has four main elements the artist has to consider. How, and if they apply will most likely depend on the composition and style of the study.
It can be said that light travels in a straight line. Yes, out there in the cosmos, light is a more complex study that involves wavelengths, gravity, the Doppler effect and the like. But down here on planet Earth, the only factor the artist needs to consider is the source of light and the condition of the atmosphere.