I’d like some help plac­ing a strong white light source in my art

ImagineFX - - Imaginenation Artist Q&A -

Freckle John­son, Spain

Sara replies

You’ll need to keep a few things in mind, if your com­po­si­tion is go­ing to fea­ture a cor­rectly de­picted bright light source. First, the colour of the light will af­fect the colours through­out the scene – even, per­haps sur­pris­ingly, the shad­ows.

The in­tro­duc­tion of a white source of light means that the hue val­ues will be pure and sat­u­rated, just as they would be in bright sun­light. It’s for this rea­son that neon lights are reg­u­larly used in art schools: they have a min­i­mal ef­fect on colours, com­pared to other sources of ar­ti­fi­cial lights.

I choose a very pale blue for the light’s ac­tual colour. This will en­hance the shiny ap­pear­ance of the el­e­ments in my com­po­si­tion, such as the silk dress, the sword hilt and the char­ac­ter’s hair.

Next, I con­sider that a strong light casts very dark shad­ows. I sub­se­quently take care over the place­ment of the light source, so that the cast shad­ows will help me to bet­ter de­fine the shapes in my scene. In­deed, paint­ing these shad­ows cor­rectly means that even the most out­landish of fan­tasy char­ac­ters will have an air of cred­i­bil­ity about them.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.