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Blue Reflected Light by toerning Blue Reflected Light by toerning
This is another one I keep seeing around.

If you want to see the consummate reflectologist, check out some of NC Wyeth's paintings of day-time adventures! [link] [link] [link]
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emcorpus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Good morning, Leela. Congratulations on another successful orbit around the sun. Here's a birthday shout out to you from down the coast. Thank you for this tutorial. I'm working on a larger piece that is almost 70% in deep shadow. With a little help from you and Mr. Rembrandt, I might turn it into something good.
Cheers and best regards,
xWhiteOakx Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful! Thanks ^^
dimetilamin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Great! Thanks a lot
Caoscreator Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
great explication. thanks for sharing
Lulie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
But haven't you heard? Shadows are always cool, light sources are always warm (except when they're not)! You kids and your realistic reflected light and your amazing Wyeths and your funny hats.

Seriously though, this addresses one of the most prevalent myths about colour. And it's a well-explained tutorial, and I'm glad it also gives an example of another mistake you can make. Super good tutorial.
auto-noe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You do such beautiful work! Thank you for sharing your expertise with us, as well!
hahatem Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
loved your notes :)
everfae Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Wow this is going to be really helpful! thanks :D
Loveall1229 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Deviantart and I desperately needed this, thank you! :D
Maaronn Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh, really helpful, thanks!
JakkRobbit Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I saw this on tumblr and liked it, but I had to come here and fave it, too. Really good info that I hadn't thought about. Thank you for making this. <3
Chardagger Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I like the top one better. Just from looks. I understand it's not as realistic.
the-Loony Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student General Artist
hullow =D
ive linked your tutorial at one of my artworks: [link]

thanks again for this simple and impressive tutorial :wave:
chukw Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Very helpful.
kimichimidraws Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great insight. And great illustration to go with it.
JumpSpark Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Thank you, this is beautiful! I always forget secondary lighting.
BlackMonk13 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thx for sharing this very helpful thought !
shoulderfriends Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Filmographer
this is great advice :)
Das-BAMFchen Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
This is wonderful! You're a color guru!
headpunchies Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for this! :D
holymoocow Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Thank you for making this! Definitely clears up some problems I have whenever I try and colour. :3
dancing-lady-bug Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you.
Shaliara Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for studies like this. Light and colour can be incredibly tricky, and I love to learn little things and stuff like that, so thanks for the nice tutorials! :D
INKNOSE Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
very helpful and illuminating! thank you!
monito Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
soooooooo helpful n___n
weebasaurus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
guttersnipes Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student General Artist
this looks so impressionistic and awesome and I enjoy this.
XtreamCrazy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have fallen into this trap myself, because being lazy is easier. But I shan't ignore the logic of light-source again!
corbeaufish Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Toerning, you are a real expert on painting light! What books, links, or professors would you credit for helping you research the effects of light on life?
toerning Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Well, personally I learned from observation and curiosity, I think those are the most helpful tools. NC Wyeth and Sargent's non-portrait works were very instrumental in helping me recognize those effects in nature.

But if you're looking for an instructor, I strongly recommend James Gurney! Has an excellent blog [link] with a lot of really helpful entries, but to get his best stuff you'll have to (though it's far from a chore!) read his books: [link] and [link]
corbeaufish Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Thank you, toerning! This means very much to me. :heart:
ninkira Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha this is awesome, thanks for posting things like this!
CarlPearce Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional
This is a really nice tutorial. And a good spot with the random blues. I tend to use light and reflection, refraction and deflection etc for it'e eye catching and eye guiding abilities and influencing mood / theme. I stay away from overly realistic lighting (because I can in a drawing) but confuse the eye into doing what I want. You're great at doing that yourself. I've been an admirer of your painting for a while now. And I can definitely see Wyeth's influence on your work. Very nice indeed.
julia-b Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
guilty of that first step, even though i know it's not really right. hehe
this is very helpful!
Cusd Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Ahh you are such a genious /takes notes
I am so guilty of doing that GAHHH <333 learned so much in a matter of seconds ; u ;
koenta Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
amaaazzinggg ;_;
fiddledee Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous. And very helpful :)
mickeythewicked Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Gratias! This helps a lot.
domingo7 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Great!!! Thanks a lot!
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Guilty as charged. :lol: Fact is, that blue (or orange) light just works so well for cheaply emphasizing volumes, especially in cheesy, dark fantasy pictures where realism be damned. But I'm more fond of drawing things that make sense (even if not 100% realistic), so I really appreciate this. It's actually amazing how much brightly coloured clothing DOES reflect off skin for instance, and you hardly ever see that in art. One day I was walking around specifically looking for reflected light and it struck me how much of it there is in real life, especially in warm summer days. We're just somehow really good at ignoring it :( *pets light* It's ok, I like you!
felisdeityus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Wyeth is completely amazing... Have you ever read any of James Gurney's blog? The Dinotopia guy? He is an absolute magician with colour: [link]
dmitry-n Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Really informative thing.
commoner-pocky Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great tips! Thanks! Also, loved the links. Amazing paintings.
Shia-Neko-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
hmmmm..... Notes taken! Thanks for this. :3
RoseMcClain Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you so much. it's hard to get the hang of it at first, but once you do, you'll really rock with colors.
saga1941 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student Interface Designer
really helpful, thanks for the tip
mlauritano Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, what is it with all that blue reflected light out there?! I don't understand the appeal.
Nando123 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Student General Artist
only had to see this and knew that you are an amazing artist, watching you now :)
pencil-cute Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful! I've often seen work that I thought was over done with reflected blue and its made me avoided doing it in my own work. Its brilliant to see a tutorial on how it should really be done.
shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes to this, and yes to Wyeth! Definitely something I wish artists kept in mind more often.
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