In English Drama Movie: Short Term (2013), Grace say this words to Jayden about her mom's boyfriends.

Whenever I was drawing portraits of, you know, those guys, I would always take forever. 30, 40 minutes just stringing them along, saying, oh, I've just got to do a couple more shadows, or, I'm just fixing the nose. I don't know why I did that.

couple more shadows is it means shadow or Is it idiom?

Another doubt is What does mean by "stringing them along" ?

I am so confused. please explain this lines.

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In this case, there's no specific reference for this but the shadows would refer to the shadows on the portrait, as part of the drawing process.

'Stringing them along' just means to keep them waiting - See here for example..

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