How to Draw Shadows in a Doorway

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Adding shadows to a drawing of a doorway can be a great way to work in things like depth, perspective and lighting. Draw shadows in a doorway with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Daisy. I'm an artist, and I'm going to show you how to draw shadows in a doorway. So, we're going to make this really simple, and stick to some silhouettes. So, let's draw the doorway. Just a couple straight lines, like so. If you want to continue the wall, could do it like that. So, let's draw out where the shadow would be. So, let's say the light's coming through. All of this is going to be dark. And then, let's put a figure in the doorway. So, I'm going to do it really simple, just silhouette shapes, almost like this is also a shadow. You could put some more detail into him if you want, but I'm going to keep him nice and simple, just for now. This is a really good way to draw something kind of creepy. Let's give him a briefcase. Okay, so, that's just our actual person standing in the doorway, but what we want to do is create his shadow. So, let's make it really long, and really big, so it's really scary. And, this can be very abstract, depending on what sort of look you're going for. The more abstract, and the longer, and the bigger, the scarier. And, just fill it in. Follow the lines of where this person would be standing, and have fun with it. So, there we go. My name is Daisy, and that's how you draw shadows in a doorway.

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