Practice: Egg Sketches

The Shading Course

Module 1 - How to Separate Light & Shadow

Practice: Egg Sketches

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Practice: Egg Sketches

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In this first project, you’ll draw simple eggs with the first four modeling factors: Form Light, Form Shadow, the Terminator, and Core Shadow.

Materials Needed

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser (optional)



  1. Draw a few egg shapes on a sheet of paper.
  2. Draw a terminator ellipse on each egg.
    (Don't worry about drawing the terminator "correctly", just separate the egg shapes into two halves.)
  3. Shade one half of each egg with a flat tone.
  4. Draw a cast shadow for each egg.
    (Again, don't worry about getting it right, just estimate it for now.)
  5. Add a flat tone to the cast shadows.
  6. Take a photograph of your sketches.

Meet these Challenges

  1. Before uploading, name your image files correctly. Follow the instructions towards the bottom of this page.
  2. Use the same flat tone for the form shadow area and for the contour/outline.
  3. Draw at least 4 eggs.


This project should take 5-15 minutes to complete.

Common Mistakes

1) Rendering

This is not a rendering exercise. Keep it simple: just draw the form light, form shadow, terminator, and cast shadow.

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