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A Note on Light and Colour by toerning A Note on Light and Colour by toerning
*credit to gadreel for the still life stock: [link] *

<edit 1/23> I forgot to mention, for a slightly more accurate, if really poorly reproduced, version of the final lighting scheme, check out a painting of mine that used the described light source: [link] </edit>

I'll say it again, this is just a collection of thoughts about color and light that I was thinking about today. I was doing a bunch of color studies and decided just to share some of the stuff I've been thinking about...

This is no. 1 of my inner monologue of useless not-tutorials entitled "Tricks To Make It Look Like You Know What You're Doing."

I will ACTUALLY do some art soon, really, as soon as I solve this paint tool sai problem.

<EDIT 5/26> wow i am ashamed that I JUST noticed the DD on this business. Thank you, everyone!!!</EDIT>
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The Suggester writes: A Note on Light and Colour by *toerning is truly a fascinating tutorial about color combination and overall feel. There are times when your anatomy is perfect, details, background too, but there's just something missing! And most of the time that something could be the color scheme. And no matter how much you edit it, it will never be as good and natural as the first one. I really think this note on light and color should be read by as many as possible!! Thank you for sharing. ( Suggested by BlackDelphin and Featured by znow-white )
BILLNEW Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018
excellent, thanks for post it!
ashrira12345 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
U saved me today!Ur tutorial made my day!Awesome!
Also do check out my criticize .......
Whiteknightofchaos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks interesting I'm a check this out later.
Creyn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I really like this. I'm not the most observant of people for an artist, so whenever observant people like you put their two cents in, it all adds up to money in the bank (or my mind?) for me! :D

I love tutorials like these. This may not be one of the longer tutorials but the advice here is rock-solid! :D
FireYuuki Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for this! It helps a lot. I just started coloring!
vnblythe Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
i have so MUCH trouble with this stuff. thank you for making this!
MorfStrongo Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! This is so helpful. I just tried it out and my shadows just got much better quality. I hope someday i can make a face looking like this at the end... :heart:
5UNNYR4Y3 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   Digital Artist
oh my god, you have no idea how helpful this is!!! i've been trying to figure out a way to make my colors "pop" while keeping them natural---thank you!!!!
chill13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very useful! I have issues with my shading sometimes. I found the use of grey between the two colors insightful. I hadn't thought of that before. I understand light and dark balance pretty well but I haven't mastered mood lighting yet.
klemsouille Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Thank you very much! I'm going to try right now!!!
duducaico Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG i've never seen this so much good explained! Reading it again and again! Super Thanks for this!
mochicreamu Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
thanks for the super helpful guide!! im going to try and apply these right away
Cafe-mouse34 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Thank you all this information is great!
YummyKinz Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
very helpful
lunafrak Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally! I've been looking for this kind of tutorial for quite some time! I'll be coming back to this in the future C:
improllyacreeper Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Holy shit, I've been looking for someone to help me with colored light and such for a loooong time! looks like I've finly found help! Thank you!!
LaBonbon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Amazing-so much easier to digest than a lot of the books I am going through.
ToonAmiral Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this really helped me with colors, I have looked everywhere this kind of tutorial!
dentitov Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Very clear and usefully, thank you.
calonarang Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
God I wish I could just favorite this 1000 times. Such valuable information! WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THIS BEFORE
ArtistLife Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Thank you for this really informative tutorial!!
ArtistLife Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Thank you! This is so informative, and it's extremely thoughtful of you to share
ArtistLife Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Thank you! I found this very informative
Muffin-Machine Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'm not sure exactly how you are saying to use grey here but I'm going to play with it and see if it makes sense. Overall though, I think this will be quite helpful. Thank you!
AmaranthineRain Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011   General Artist
Hey, I used your tutorial/notes here on a picture as freespiritkrr. I'm just letting you know that I'm doing a one-time move of my profile and the picture is here: [link] Thanks again for the awesome notes!
freespiritkrr Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Hey, I used your tips to help when doing this picture. Thank you so much for sharing!
freespiritkrr Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
That's pretty cool! I think in itself this is a tutorial because the more you learn about the nature of natural color the more realistic (or even just "the better") you can improve your pieces with. Thanks for sharing!
ChachiTonks Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really needed this <33
napalmzonde Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very helpful!! thanks so much for posting!
alffarr Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Fantastic tips, thanks!
Metraxus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is really helpful! i never noticed that thing about warm light, cold shadow before!
Kaleponi Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely fantastic. Love love love.
CeruleanVibe Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Added this to the wrong folder oops!
Thanks for the grea tut! ;)
June-bug Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
An actual useful tutorial, by someone who can really paint! Priceless, thank you.
Idiot-In-A-Cape Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Very Helpfull, thank you
Macabeak Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010   Digital Artist
You put yourself down too much, silly.

Anyways, nifty - I hadn't noticed that lighting tends to make opposite ends of the spectrum before <3 I've already intuitively been doing the "saturated to muted" thing, but everything else has been very handy <3
animeaddict519 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Awesome tutorial! Am I correct in thinking, according to this, that a red light source will make green-ish shadows?
toerning Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
RIGHT you are my friend. The color scheme of your piece then enters the mix and if green doesn't fit, you just sort of use colors that look generally cooler or, in the context, green, using the theory i glossed over in the "saturation" section
Thanks for your comment! :heart:
animeaddict519 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
OK. Thanks so much for responding.
FrayJay Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
AWESOME :D and very helpful indeed
vadfag Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Seriously helpful! Godsend!
jamoozalee Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
This is amazing and I'm upset I didn't find it sooner. People who make tutorials like this are my absolute heroes and have my undying gratitude!
amiliucoolio Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Thank you! this is very helpful. :)
idontspeakmuch Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
this is really helpful.
Kyo-Starr Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for this, great advice! =D
Drawn-Imagination Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
this is a really good way of looking at and learning about light and color.
Thanks for sharing :)
ToryMaster Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
this is seriously really very helpful, thank you!
StarDustStudios Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
This is extremely helpful (:
CocoaChimp Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
You are AWESOME.... This helps alot. Thank you Thank you Thank you
Nosgothianvampire Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
really helpful. awesome thanks!
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