Light and shadow
Learning how to paint sunlight and shade is a key painting skill. Lit areas can form interesting shapes that can enhance the graphical quality of your artwork. Here, I’ve deconstructed one of my finished paintings by making it black and white, before tracing all of the shaded parts in red. Notice how each dark shape is placed against a well-lit background. This enables the viewer to quickly interpret the characters’ action. These dark areas also create a pleasing visual rhythm to the image, which can be appreciated on the subconscious level.