Jessica Russo Scherr

Art Education

Egg Chiaroscuro

Draw a white or brown egg using only one strong light source close to the egg at about a 45-degree angle above.


Use a drawing pencil (s) on white paper in your sketchbook/journal.


Make the scale of the drawing monumentalized so that the egg is larger than actual size and fills the drawing paper.


There should be a horizon line behind the egg and the area above that line should be dark, so the highlights and halftones are in contrast with the background.


Include all five areas of chiaroscuro: highlight, halftone, deep shadow, reflected light, and cast shadow.


Shade by using continuous tone (sfumato).


Try to arrange the lighting so a full range of contrast is achieved on the actual egg, and then draw it.


The example is labeled to help you remember the 5 areas of chiaroscuro. Your drawing, however, should NOT be labeled.


Take your time!


(Do not copy the student examples. This is a DIRECT OBSERVATION drawing)

Just about every example is from a former student of mine.  Many thanks to them for all of their time and dedication.

How to earn a good grade on your homework

Follow the criteria presented in class and on the website.

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Fill the A4 Page of your journal.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.

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