The Light­ing Game

PLAY THE GAME Con­cept artist Izzy Me­drano dares you to dis­cover more about dif­fer­ent light­ing schemes with his colour scheme mashups

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he Light­ing Game is the 21st T in Izzy Me­drano’s monthly se­ries of on­line tu­to­ri­als. It makes an in­ter­est­ing case study in how to use your pas­sion and skills to reach an au­di­ence and gen­er­ate in­come at the same time.

Izzy sells tu­to­ri­als on Gum­road for $16 each. Once you de­cide you want to com­mit to the se­ries, swing over to Pa­treon, where a $10-a-month pledge gets you ac­cess to all fu­ture in­stal­ments, plus other art good­ies.

This video fol­lows on from last month’s, when Izzy showed how to break down a light­ing scheme in an ex­ist­ing im­age – but every­thing here is clear enough that you can follow the con­cepts. The ‘game’ of the ti­tle is Izzy’s dare to you: to make a se­ries of stud­ies where you take the shapes from one ref­er­ence im­age, and ap­ply the light­ing scheme from an­other im­age to cre­ate a com­pos­ite of both.

Izzy spends 20 min­utes show­ing a set of his own stud­ies, with con­cise ex­pla­na­tions of the chal­lenges each study pre­sented. One, for ex­am­ple, takes a char­ac­ter from an out­door environment with harsh sun­light and ap­plies a flat­ter but strongly coloured light­ing scheme from an in­doors scene. The idea is that you’ll learn about light and colour if you take on a dozen or more of your own stud­ies, us­ing a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent sources.

For the re­main­ing hour, Izzy makes one of these stud­ies from scratch, us­ing a cou­ple of film stills. While this ses­sion of­fers ad­vice in es­tab­lish­ing your light and colour scheme, there’s an equal em­pha­sis on us­ing ob­ser­va­tion to paint a sub­ject, rather than draw­ing the main forms first. This will prove as great a test for some artists as the pri­mary light­ing task, but is just as worth­while to tackle.

There’s a lot of use­ful ad­vice here, from over­rid­ing prin­ci­ples to bite-sized tips, but the great­est value will ar­rive when you ac­cept Izzy’s chal­lenge and play the Light­ing Game your­self.

The idea of The Light­ing Game is to ap­ply a light­ing scheme from one im­age to the char­ac­ter and set­ting in an­other to make your own hy­brid. Izzy Me­drano shows how mak­ing a se­ries of stud­ies can boost your un­der­stand­ing of light and colour. Izzy re­veals the dif­fi­culty in com­plet­ing this colour study was filling in the ex­tra skin de­tail com­pared with the orig­i­nal im­age, which was much darker. Dif­fer­ent photo pair­ings throw up chal­lenges, such as how to ad­just a light­ing scheme to take a darker skin tone into ac­count.

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