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Let's Draw Lighting Angles by RobynRose Let's Draw Lighting Angles by RobynRose
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Count the shadows, Donna. Stay in the light, and always count the shadows.

Clockwise from the Top left:

- Diagonal from the bottom left
- Directly in front of me
- Diagonal from the side right
- Upper right
- Backlit from the right
- Side left somewhat close to the light source
- Bottom left somewhat close to the light source
- Bottom left VERY close to the light source
- Hand stock with gloves
- looking over the should turning degrees
- Stock photos on a bike
- climbing up a ladder
- expressions with the eyes closed
- poses with arrows and a quiver
- dramatic lighting with facial expressions
- Throwing poses (pokeball)
- Sleeping photos with pillows and blankets
- leaning against a wall, various poses
- Guns / holding a gun
- Let's draw falling from the front
- left-handed archery
- sitting / kneeling poses
- twin light sources
- slouched over a desk
- kneeling / crouching
- perspective from below, running, kicking, leaning casually
- unarmed combat
- crossbow
- Swinging on a swing (with a flat seat, not a round seat)
- Floating poses, but with a sword / staff / shield like an guardian or archangel.
- boxing
* casual poses, walking, eating, talking, passing
- Presenting something ala Vanna in Wheel of Fortune (low, medium and high)
- hands, feet, gun poses
- Emotions from different angles


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Hey, who turned out the lights?
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I like this set of photo's.

I've been looking on the internet (google images) as well as Deviation for different shadow use of live people, but this has been hard to find. I'm still learning the art of shadowing with my own artwork, as I'm self teaching myself. Having a live person photo or clipart that already makes use and has the shadow in the direction I have my "sun" makes it easier to create my working picture or artwork.

I hope more photographers will follow your example and create more, as not every photo has to be in the "perfect" light.
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306 out of 329 deviants thought this was fair.

It would be nice if you had some typical attractive portrait lighting setups (e.g. rembrandt, butterfly, split, etc.), instead of somewhat random/unusual ones like from below. The sun never comes from below, so any lighting from below looks weird to us. At the moment, most of them are from below, so these could only represent rare unnatural lighting situations like a lamp or a camp fire.

Great for doing this, though. Good model, clear lighting.

NOTE: I give a default of 3 stars for everything in critiques because I don't think the star system is meaningful. (I have no idea what 'vision' or 'impact' means and I don't see how it's relevant to art.)
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lauraypablo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!! really useful :huggle:
Nubir Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
very hapeful
matarioshka Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done!! :) :heart:
sealinkchan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Great reference! Thanks!
RobynRose Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
You're welcome!
DaAtari Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Student Filmographer
Hey! did a study of one the images provided in the stock :), thanks for sharing material to practice from!

Digital Painting Portrait Study by DaAtari
kishintilla Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
hello, i have purchased this right now and find it very useful for my portrait practice . thank you and keep up the great work.
RobynRose Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
So glad you find it helpful! I love your highly saturated coloring style. You really have an eye for colour placement and balance.
kishintilla Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much for your appreciation :D 
SepiaWren Featured By Owner Edited Jan 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hey - I used this as very loose reference here:…

The 'Let's Draw' series you have done is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing it with us =)
Flomaniaque Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
doctor whhhhoooooo
watanabe1 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, it's really helpful

Luminarywalker Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for uploading this! I think it's very helpful. :) (Smile) 
explodingapple Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist
Hey i didn't read the rules but just in case I wanted to show you this because I used the bottom left one backwards for a reference. :la:

Cakes and pies and candycanes.

Enjoy :heart:…
PandaTJ Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! I could just give u a big hug :)
Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello Kxhara, I was wondering if it'd be possible to use a couple photos from the lighting angles pack as examples (with credit given) to make a guide on Cel-Shading? They'd be perfect to explain how to simplify the shadows. ^^;
RobynRose Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
you may use drawings made from my stock, but I wish for my stock photos to not be reproduced in their original form.
RavenMaverick Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
WOOH DOCTOR WHO! the lighting angles real help

EstrangeloEdessa Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

I've always been terrible at lighting, and I know I need more practice. I'll need to start using your stock to help me out...
Elsapret Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!! This will help me with shading!!Love 
HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
are you gonna start posting stock again??
RobynRose Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
I'm thinking about it. My biggest timesink this fall is being the lead costume designer for a play. I have some 25 costumes to design and oversee construction. ^^
HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ooooo congrats! That sounds right up your alley ^^
It would be lovely to see your stock again, We miss you and I for one would be ecstatic if you returned to it! :hug: 
KaJaiHere Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
VERY USEFUL! THANK YOU now i can practice more with shading!!! <3
AutumnEmbers Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have any top down lighting shots? I think this set is really helpful but that type in particular I think would also be helpful to have in a lighting set. =)
Doodletigress Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Artist
Thank you! This is going to be so useful!
Quoriil Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
These are great! Thank you so much for sharing.
Geetas-Comics Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your lighting studies. :dalove:
utria Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent lighting reference.
Ombre-Lumineuse Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
That's a coincidence D: ! Or you're reading my mind ? I was thinking that I should make some lightning practice, and here you are ! Thanks :) !
barrybrandon Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Nice work, it would be fun to draw some.
Adding this to use for references. I love the dramatic lighting on the bottom right but it's one of the toughest ones to recreate in a painting (especially when you're trying to find your midtones, how cool/warm to make the shadows, etc. Not quite sure the strong difference in the images of #2 and #3 in the second vertical column though. Higher maybe?
Reliquus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
This is incredible!
xXimmaeatjooXx Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Doctor Who!! :DDD
Natura-BVA Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Artist
Use here for practice [link] Thanx a lot!!!
La2tFrontiier Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
dont you feel a little weird letting ppl like
draw you??
hhehe well i hope my dev doesnt make you regret it!
thank you for the stock u//v//u
ViridRain Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi ! I made a study of this ![link] Thanks a lot, great reference !!
RobynRose Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Not gonna lie, I really like the two "Well, I give up" ones. :P
ViridRain Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha sorry for that ! :D I had not enough time to complete/destroy your face :3
wiwriter Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Writer
My mind works in a way that says you stood there all day taking pictures as the sun revolved around you. :/
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