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Light Source Tutorial

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RenardBliss's avatar
Thanks for making this!
TobyFoxArt's avatar
Thanks for liking it!
Swanangel15's avatar
Thank you so much once again.  I have so much trouble understanding light sources, this helps.  
TobyFoxArt's avatar
Glad to have helped!
Kitty1Cat2's avatar
Very nice and helpful tutorial!
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Pleased to have helped!
Akhira31's avatar
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I always had trouble with lighting/shading of faces and this helped a lot!!
TobyFoxArt's avatar
Happy to have helped! I'd love to see anything you do which this has helped with! :)
Akhira31's avatar
Here's the finished piece! (took forever till I was satisfied with it ^^)
Thanks again!
alikkandhi's avatar
thankyou for the tutorial! <3 
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You're very welcome!
RocketKat123's avatar
Thanks a lot! I will definitely use this.
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You're most welcome! Glad to help.
larnacy's avatar
Very helpful. Thanks :)
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SpAtkplusTwelve's avatar
I used this as a reference here. This really is a very helpful tutorial. Thank you for making it.
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That's a nice start! I really like your use of colour, the purple in the shadows looks great and it's really good that you included bounce light. I've got a few suggestions that might help, firstly look at reference, maybe even take photographs of yourself in the poses you're going to paint, secondly consider making the torch light brighter and a different colour (yellow would look good with the purple shadows and be accurate too), also try making the rest of the piece a lot darker than where the torch light hits. Look at how torch light works in this photo. Good luck!
 Torch by ThePurpleSorcerer  
SpAtkplusTwelve's avatar
Thank you! I'll keep this stuff in mind for the next picture. 
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You're very welcome
PinPinax's avatar
Thanks for sharing this!
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You're welcome
JulieTHeHedhegog's avatar
Great Tutorial n_n
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Raptor-177's avatar
Very useful for the subtleties of the human face
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