Posts tagged Lighting
Posts tagged Lighting
the most basic thing to light sources is to imagine a light source (e.g. the sun, a light bulb, whatever), and then make the darkest shadows where the light is unable to reach because it is overshadowed, whereas the lightest points are where the light is able to directly hit the object. there are plenty of tutorials on understanding this particular concept better, so i suggest you just dig around in a resource blog for a while or google some tutorials. the most important thing is that you understand the shape of the object.
obviously, light is way more complex than that, and the example above shows what to do with a single light source in a totally non-reflective area. all colours reflect/absorb light to some extent, except for black, which absorbs all the light (hence doesn’t reflect) and white in theory only reflects and doesn’t absorb.
Oh shit, the Handy app added a head model for angle and lighting reference.
And they added coloured light? holy crap! I need to pay better attention to the updates on this thing.
HEY THERE GORGEOUS
Not really. I have the same tips as everyone else and tips you can find easily.
Block in colours and big shapes first, don’t go into detail yet, use references etc
But I would say, learn form and light first. Your painting would look really weird if you don’t know how form and light works. Some people can sculpt a face in a few strokes and the reason why they can do it is because they understand form and light. Where the shadows fall and the different planes of the object you’re painting.
When you’re doing lineless, you no longer have lines to hold your form. You need to rely on shadow and light.
Even if you have lines, knowing your shadow and lighting really pulls you out from how beginners paint.
The picture above is to explain form and light a little more clearly. I am no expert and I didn’t use a reference even though I SHOULD HAVE. But hey I just woke up and I’m still sleepy as fuck. What I did here isn’t super perfect and accurate BUT it’s just to explain how even knowing a little bit of form and light would help push your painting better.
But the arm on the left is how beginners would paint and it’s ugly. Even if you have lines to outline it, it still looks ugly. They literally go light to dark like some sort of gradient and they stick to the edges. That’s not how things work in real life.
Whether lineart or no lineart, learn form, shadow and light first.
Once you learn that, blocking in colours and big shapes is not going to be hard for you.
This is all just my opinion. I am still no expert.
ack I have the lamest coloring/shading way are you sure but they are really easy to do tho if you would like to try for fun lol I’m sorry quq
Hello, I just finished this pic a couple of hours ago, and I was wondering if I could have a redline/paintover (anything that fixes the composition).
When I first started it I was using the rule of thirds, but then I cropped a little bit and used the golden spiral. I need help with composition mostly, but if you can tell me how to make the character less stiff It’d be great.
Thank you in advance c:
HI CUTIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CROWE HERE!
ok!! first of all, wow, your painting is really nice!! i like the way you have kept a lot of your stokes really obvious~!! most people have stroke-phobia and always hide their delicious pen strokes and it makes me really sad a s a viewer!!! (personal opinions!)
also the color choices you have here are FANTABULOUS. i love the contrast between these fishes and the rest of the piece. very nice!!!!!!
as far as critiques go…… you asked for comp crits but the first thing i want to point out is your lighting!! as a painter it is really important to have lighting down to a science and as a viewer it is the first thing that really pops out to me (probably because of the way my brain is trained… lighting is normally overlooked by a lot of people!!!)
i like your overhead lighting source, as if she has fallen into a cavern?? her shakey stance really shows me that she’s on unfamiliar ground and the way her skirt is flying up makes me think she’s either caught in an updraft in this cave or somehow really magically daintily floated down (which i like better so i’m just going to go with that!!)
sorry for the thumbnail you might want to right-click and enlarge this image!! (its really big though so orz)
basically what it looks like happened is she has three different lighting techniques on the different parts of her body!!
her hair seems almost lightless? i don’t see any real light source as much as just random light thrown in here and there. her body, however, is obviously front-lit, and i don’t really!! see that light source existing??? i really like how at the top (and her legs) have a behind-overlight from the top opening of the cavern… but her torso and arms have really lost that! her body is lit in the middle at no angle, and her arms are lit at a lower angle almost?? i definitely think they should follow the original light source…
as far as composition goes, a very important thing i have learned (from comic books!!) is the rule of thirds!!!!!!!
if you break the image down to where our eyes like to look (the red cross-hairs) you can see that you really don’t focus on the girl or the fish with your current composition. i think its okay to leave the fish where they are because they’re more of a colorful surprise (like sprinkles on a cupcake) but what you really want your focal point to be is the girl… if you shift her over just a bit to the correct cross-hairs i think that the eye will be more naturally drawn to her!!!
the other thing i see here is the GREAT and FANTASTIC movement in the leg! i love it! she’s definitely not putting any weight down on it and it really shows how unsure and new she is to these surroundings! i love it!!
however, the rest of the body looks really carefully posed and i dont see the same movement translating through the entire pose… i would bring the arms up, personally, or you could even bring them down (perhaps holding her skirt down?? from the wind? idk hmm hmm tilts head) and i definitely want to see the other leg looking just as trembly and unsure as the one on the right. (my…right)
please know that these are just my opinions and you aren’t obligated at all to follow my advice :) i think it is a lovely piece and i hope to be as good at painterly rendering as you someday!!! it is something i really struggle with personally and you are QUITE~!!! goood!!!! i love how you’ve developed this piece so far and i really can’t wait to see how you work with it more!
Admin Tina here to add on to this lovely crit!~
So Crow and I talked about this actually, and we figured that there would be some reflective light from the fishes!
I think this will help your picture to become more interactive, object will seem more dependent with one another rather than just stand alone.
Here, I darkened some areas and made the fish glow (if you don’t like this change, you do not have to do it! Just a suggestion <3)
Hope this helps!
Started a painting tutorial on mspfa.
Tomorrow I’ll develop on a specific kind of landscape. You’re welcome to suggest the theme.
Tips on color & light from The Artist’s Guide to Color by Wendon Blake