How To Draw Perspective Shadow – Drawing Shadows In Perspective

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Adding shadows to the objects in your perspective drawing is a great way to make it look realistic. So in this lesson, we are going to learn how to draw shadows in perspective

For detail instructs on how to draw shadows, please refer to the video above.

How to draw shadows in perspective

Here’s a quick summary off the shadow drawing process:

Step 1: Draw your objects

Step 2: Determined the location of the light source

Step 3: Locate the shadow vanishing point. (The shadow vanishing points will be vertically aligned with the light source)

Step 4: Draw a line from the light source through each of the top outer corner of your object (be sure to extend the line pass the corners)

Step 5: Draw a line from the shadow vanishing point to each of the respective bottom outer corner of the object (be sure to extend the line pass the corners)

Step 6: The points where the top and bottom line intersect will be a corner of your shadow. Connect the points together to form the shadow shape and shade it in.

And that’s how you draw a shadow in perspective for a simple object.

Perspective Made Simple (Reduced Size)Now, if you like this lesson and would like to learn more about perspective drawing, I highly recommend you check out my course, “Perspective Made Simple

This is a video home study course that consist of over 38 step-by-step lessons. Each lessons cover a different perspective concept, technique, or exercise. They are very beginner friendly and easy to understand.

Also, each lesson builds upon the last so even though you might not know anything about perspective when you begin… by the end of this course, you will have a expert’s knowledge of perspective drawing and be able to create your own perspective masterpiece.

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To learn more about it, simple click the link below…

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I hope you enjoy this figure drawing lesson. Please feel free to share this tutorial with all your friends using the social sharing buttons on this page.

Until next time, thanks for watching and good luck drawing!


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  • Jaseel

    Reply Reply July 4, 2015

    Hey Ethan
    My case was exactly similar to your compatriot Michael..but thanks to your tutorials im getting to the right track…thank you so much.

  • Manal Kadry

    Reply Reply September 18, 2014

    How would I draw a shadow of something floating in the sky? Does the shadow vanishing point have to be on the horizon line?

  • Kim

    Reply Reply April 28, 2014

    Thank you for the lesson. My question relates to the shadow vanishing point. Is this point always on the horizon line? I saw a resource that dropped it below and labeled it on “the ground plane”, however, it didn’t explain why. I would appreciate your insight. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply April 4, 2014

    i want a cd and a book about drawing and paintings.. how much it is in indian rupee?

  • Viv

    Reply Reply March 10, 2014

    Ok thanks Ethan. I will look out for it. If you make any tutorials like that soon, can you email it to your newsletter subscribers? Thanks, -Viv

  • Viv

    Reply Reply March 6, 2014

    Hey Ethan,
    Can you please make a tutorial on how to make realistic skin tones? And different textures of skin like rough and smooth, and different shades of the skin? -Viv

    • Thank you for the suggestion, Viv. I will definitely work on it! I promise such a tutorial will be released in the future, although I can’t guarantee it will be soon 🙂

  • A.Tuấn

    Reply Reply December 11, 2013

    anh Tuấn đây (Bác Thụ Bác Xuân Việt Nam) .Bé Tư có nhận ra anh không ?

  • Alejandro Cortés

    Reply Reply November 17, 2013

    Estoy interesado en comprar el curso, pero no hablo inglés. El vídeo viene con subtítulos en español.


    Alejandro Cortés

  • Lisa

    Reply Reply October 23, 2013

    This was very helpful, thank you! Now, what is the trick if your light source is behind the observer?

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 23, 2013

      That is a great question, Lisa. Unfortunately that is a very complicated subject that I can’t cover in just a short video. Although I will try to address in a future lesson if possible.

  • Pat

    Reply Reply September 13, 2013

    I’ve always had a problem understanding perspective, this video has made it a lot clearer. Thank you!

  • Jeanine Cobb

    Reply Reply September 13, 2013

    Hello Ethan,
    Thank you so much for this lesson, it’s awsome, I want to learn more!!!

  • Faye

    Reply Reply September 12, 2013

    A great video and very helpful. It certainly showed you how to get the shadows right. Thanks again Ethan.

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