There are no tangible rules concerning high-lighting and shadowing. They depend upon the anatomical construction of the body, upon the position of the body, the source and direction of light, the amount of light, and the fabric to be illustrated. Some fabrics absorb light; others reflect it. All these matters must be taken into consideration when determining high lights and shadows. Be consistent in highlighting the figure or shadowing it. If there is a bright light thrown on the left side of the face, carry it on down the left side of the figure. The shadows would be on the opposite side.

If live models are not available, you may learn a great deal from the use of photographs. High lights and shadows have already been worked out in them. Guard against too many blended tones in working from photographs, as your drawing may assume a photographic effect. Half close your eyes and catch the most important high lights and shadows only. The minor ones will fade out.

Remember: Always strive-for a feeling of spontaneity and crispness in wash drawings. Acquire freedom in your strokes. Omit as much detail as possible. Use big "splashy" tones. Let your drawing look like a wash drawing.

Examples of wash sketches pages 79 to 89 inclusive*

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Fashion Drawing Sections

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