How do I avoid the dull-look­ing shadow when us­ing chro­matic shadow?

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Kevin Groves, Wales

Donglu replies

Shadow are not black. The dull­ness of the shadow usu­ally comes with that pure black shadow block and very de­sat­u­rated grey tones in the shadow ar­eas.

Chro­matic shadow is a quick way to give the il­lu­sion of de­tails in shadow ar­eas. Of­ten a few strokes of sat­u­rated colours in the shade can trick your brain into think­ing those strokes are a re­sult of bounce light from the sky light.

To por­tray phys­i­cally cor­rect bounce sky­light in shades is nearly im­pos­si­ble, or at least very labour in­ten­sive, but chro­matic shadow is an easy way to achieve the im­pres­sion of a com­plex light­ing sit­u­a­tion.

This artis­tic ap­proach of shadow is es­pe­cially prom­i­nent among fa­mous wa­ter­colour artists such as Aus­tralian

You can fur­ther tweak the chro­matic shadow by hav­ing some blue tone to mimic the bounce light of the sky.

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