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A Note on Light and Colour

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By toerning   |   Watch
Published: July 29, 2008
© 2008 - 2019 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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BILLNEW's avatar
excellent, thanks for post it!
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ashrira12345Hobbyist General Artist
U saved me today!Ur tutorial made my day!Awesome!
Also do check out my works....do criticize .......
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WhiteknightofchaosHobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks interesting I'm a check this out later.
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CreynStudent 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
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FireYuukiHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for this! It helps a lot. I just started coloring!
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i have so MUCH trouble with this stuff. thank you for making this!
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MorfStrongoHobbyist 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:
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5UNNYR4Y3 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!!!!
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chill13Hobbyist 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.
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Thank you very much! I'm going to try right now!!!
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duducaicoHobbyist Digital Artist
OMG i've never seen this so much good explained! Reading it again and again! Super Thanks for this!
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thanks for the super helpful guide!! im going to try and apply these right away
Cafe-mouse34's avatar
Thank you all this information is great!
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lunafrakHobbyist 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's avatar
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's avatar
Amazing-so much easier to digest than a lot of the books I am going through.
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ToonAmiralHobbyist Digital Artist
this really helped me with colors, I have looked everywhere this kind of tutorial!
dentitov's avatar
Very clear and usefully, thank you.
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calonarangProfessional Digital Artist
God I wish I could just favorite this 1000 times. Such valuable information! WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THIS BEFORE
ArtistLife's avatar
Thank you for this really informative tutorial!!
ArtistLife's avatar
Thank you! This is so informative, and it's extremely thoughtful of you to share
ArtistLife's avatar
Thank you! I found this very informative
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Muffin-MachineStudent 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!
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