Long tutorial is long. Again @_@... I have got to stop making such long tutorials. Originally it was even longer before I increased the width of the whole thing. >_>
Anyway, my basic Lighting Tutorial! This is for all of you who have trouble with lighting and how to apply it correctly in your works. This is how I got to understand it so don't take me for a pro or anything, though, but hopefully, it'll be somewhat helpful.
Thank you for the tutorial. It's really helping. I do have a question about workflow. I'm currently working on a character of mine and applied the base colors on her. At this point i didn't really know what kind of light i should use on her, but after reading your tutorial and looking carefully at the images it has to be backlight for the character in question in this composition. Now should i do the shadows and highlights on the character first or should i go for a background to 'see' the light i want on her? There is also an issue about reflecting light on water surfaces, because i instantly got the idea of her floating above a lake, but first i need your advice on where i should go after the base color stage.
Yeah, when I work on my stuff, I usually always do the background first, including the lighting so I could get a better idea how other things in the foreground should look like. Then I apply stuff on characters accordingly and add finishing touches and adjustments on everything once done with both to make them blend in with each other even better.