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April 27, 2009
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.
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A Note on Light and Colour

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*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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excellent, thanks for post it!
ashrira12345's avatar
U saved me today!Ur tutorial made my day!Awesome!
Also do check out my works....do criticize .......
This looks interesting I'm a check this out later.
Creyn's avatar
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's avatar
Thanks for this! It helps a lot. I just started coloring!
vnblythe's avatar
i have so MUCH trouble with this stuff. thank you for making this!
MorfStrongo's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
Thank you very much! I'm going to try right now!!!
duducaico's avatar
OMG i've never seen this so much good explained! Reading it again and again! Super Thanks for this!
mochicreamu's avatar
thanks for the super helpful guide!! im going to try and apply these right away
Thank you all this information is great!
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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:
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!!
Amazing-so much easier to digest than a lot of the books I am going through.
ToonAmiral's avatar
this really helped me with colors, I have looked everywhere this kind of tutorial!
dentitov's avatar
Very clear and usefully, thank you.
calonarang's avatar
God I wish I could just favorite this 1000 times. Such valuable information! WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THIS BEFORE
Thank you for this really informative tutorial!!
Thank you! This is so informative, and it's extremely thoughtful of you to share
Thank you! I found this very informative
Muffin-Machine's avatar
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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