7.4 – Light Side vs. Shadow Side

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Before we get started drawing, there’s one more thing to say about the cylinder. The light side of the cylinder embodies only half of it’s total volume – if we move around to the side of the cylinder, we can see that the other half is fully in shadow. In fact this is also true of any rounded form, not just cylinders – rounded, 3-dimensional volumes are alway half in the light, and half in shadow. How much of the light side or shadow side we can see depends entirely on our angle of view on the object, relative to the direction of the incoming light.