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Some people have asked me for some insights about how I handle values, so I decided to try to explain it by painting it! I don't know much, but whatever I do know I love to share. And I'm most likely wrong in a lot of stuff, but I've come to a point where I believe I can already help others by showing what I've learned. This is the very first time I've ever made something similar to a tutorial so all the feedback you guys can give me will be truly useful! And any doubt or question just ask away! I'll do my best to answer what I can and learn what I can't answer yet.
This is not the final version of this "tutorial", so anything you feel I need to change just tell me please. Like, for example, my list in the beginning is real mess... need to fix that!
Adorable xD And helpful, even if I just can't understand all these light things. I just can't. Just like I can't understand physics sometimes....lol
I just think it helps in the future if you use font for the longer text/paragraphs so it will be easier and more comfortable to read. But for title, short notes etc using hand written adds personal feeling so please keep it .
Btw do you mind to share what brush/brush settings you use to render and blend? Thank you again!
And for the brush I used for this one, it was just a standard brush at 75% hardness with transfer and noise on that I flattened a little bit into an elliptical shape and tilted it a bit. I'll share it later if you want, but it really ain't nothing special. And the blending is all just color picking, no smudge or nothing on this one. I just keep painting over until I get a smooth nice transition.
I personally struggle with the ambient occlusion. I get the textbook definition and I recognize it when I see it, but I still have hard time grasping myself how to apply it to my artworks. I guess, what I'd like to know i sthe though process when working on that part of an image? Maybe you could give an example with the image in the tutorial, like "and because there is this here, I make this place darker, while that other place is not so" or something like that?
Is there by any chance, a good read you can recommend that helps to understand a bit better the steps 3 and 4 where you define the local values and set up the light.
I tried many studies but I am still struggling getting a good understanding on how to set up the lighting and values.
I can't remember right now something specifically about that issue, but I can definitely suggest some good stuff for you that I believe will really help. First thing is Sam Nielson's work artsammich.deviantart.com/ and his blog artsammich.blogspot.com/ this guy is a master on everything light related, and everything else. Really, look trough all his posts and paintings, you'll learn tons from it. Second thing is Mr. James Gurney's works, blog and books gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/ James Gurney is a legend, the way he understand light, values and colors is just absurd. He is a monster! And the third thing that comes to my mind right now that might help answer your question a couple of posts Izzy Medrano just made in his blog talking about contrast and values www.cannibalcandy.com/ you have to read it, definitely!