Ap­ply shad­ows to the skin

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Shadow edges and fill

When light strikes skin, it bounces be­neath the sur­face and be­tween the planes of the body. I use an Over­lay layer and sat­u­rate edges be­tween light and shadow ar­eas to in­di­cate where the light bounces be­neath the skin. I also in­di­cate light re­flected from fa­cial planes, such as un­der her nose. Ex­per­i­ment with the value of the Over­lay colour so it doesn’t al­ter your skin val­ues.

Fe­bru­ary 2015

I give skin colours ex­tra at­ten­tion. While the blue of the un­der­paint­ing will pro­vide a lot of the shadow colour for the back­ground, I paint the skin shad­ows more care­fully. I want to cool them down, so I use an Over­lay layer with a de­sat­u­rated blue. I of­ten try sev­eral colours be­fore find­ing the right one. I add this to the shad­ows with a soft brush, avoid­ing the light edge.

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