Asked • 05/01/19

Shading dark scenes?

I frequently find myself sketching scenes that have dark lighting, but I'm never quite sure how to go about shading the subjects of the drawing when it's supposed to look dark, especially things like hair and clothing, things that are supposed to be light colored (say, snow or white sheets) and faces- it always looks quite messy. For example, if I'm drawing two people in an unlit hallway, I will end up just shading along their outlines and putting random shadows where I think they "look right," such as along the side of the face, on the front of the shirt and wherever on the pants. How can I realistically shade sketches of dark scenes?

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Caryn B. answered • 06/08/22

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Hunter N. answered • 05/11/19

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