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    Light Source Basics: Part 4, Visualizing Cast Shadows

    On this edition of Light Source basics I’m going to start talking about Cast Shadows in your coloring and how to visualize their placement. Cast shadows are created by the interruption of light by another object. So for this tutorial I’m not talking about shading or how part of an object is in shadow because it faces away from the light source but an actual shadow being create by an object.  This will probably stretch on over a couple posts but to get started let’s give you a good way to visualize the direction of the light and, consequently, the shadow. This is a coloring I did of the digi…

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    Light Source Basics: Part 3, Highlight/Shadow Practice

      So? How did you fare from our last lesson? I wanted to give you some time to work on the shapes before showing you anything. Thinking and doing gets you further than copying and not understanding  :derp:  On the shapes homework, you should have ended up with something like this for and upper right Linear Light Source… Not too hard right? Good! In the first lesson I had you look at an image and break it down into these basic parts, to understand how easy they would be to see then shade individually.  How about the Highlight Shadow Method? How did that go for you? That should have ended…

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    Light Source Basics, Part 2: Linear Light

    Welcome to Part 2 of my Light Source Basics Series.  In the last post I defined some basic terms and challenged you to break down your images into simple shapes. If you’re just joining in here, each post is going to build upon the last one so hop back and give a read then come on back. Starting Small For these very basic tutorials I am going to be talking about Linear Linear light, the most common and basic light source. Its the kind of light you get when you’re outside, it comes evenly from a single direction so is easy to work with. We’re also going to start with simple…

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    Light Source Basics, Part 1

      Over a series of posts, that I’ll be doing on opposite weeks of my Color Swatch series, I’m going to be helping you achieve better coloring by being more knowledgeable about using a Light Source in your coloring. We’re going to take it in small steps so I hope you’ll join me and follow along… If you’re new to coloring, Light Source might not be a term you’re familiar with… Light Source is the idea of knowing from what direction and in what way Light hits an object to be able to accurately render shadows and highlights in a way that gives 2-dimensional objects a 3-dimensional appearance. There are…