13 Good light­ing

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The light is cru­cial in a por­trait. If you get this right, it adds to the at­mos­phere of the piece, and brings life and vol­ume to the face. I al­ways start a por­trait with neu­tral mid-tones and grad­u­ally add shad­ows and light. I love to ac­cen­tu­ate the light in a chiaroscuro style; I think it brings a clas­sic feel­ing to my fan­tasy theme. How­ever, I keep my shad­ows very soft, and my gra­di­ents are usu­ally very smoothed, be­cause the face is made of curves and not sharp an­gles.

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