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A Note on Light and Colour by toerning A Note on Light and Colour by toerning
*credit to gadreel for the still life stock: [link] *

<edit 1/23> I forgot to mention, for a slightly more accurate, if really poorly reproduced, version of the final lighting scheme, check out a painting of mine that used the described light source: [link] </edit>

I'll say it again, this is just a collection of thoughts about color and light that I was thinking about today. I was doing a bunch of color studies and decided just to share some of the stuff I've been thinking about...

This is no. 1 of my inner monologue of useless not-tutorials entitled "Tricks To Make It Look Like You Know What You're Doing."

I will ACTUALLY do some art soon, really, as soon as I solve this paint tool sai problem.

<EDIT 5/26> wow i am ashamed that I JUST noticed the DD on this business. Thank you, everyone!!!</EDIT>
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Given 2009-04-27
The Suggester writes: A Note on Light and Colour by *toerning is truly a fascinating tutorial about color combination and overall feel. There are times when your anatomy is perfect, details, background too, but there's just something missing! And most of the time that something could be the color scheme. And no matter how much you edit it, it will never be as good and natural as the first one. I really think this note on light and color should be read by as many as possible!! Thank you for sharing. ( Suggested by BlackDelphin and Featured by znow-white )
ashrira12345 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
U saved me today!Ur tutorial made my day!Awesome!
Also do check out my criticize .......
Whiteknightofchaos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks interesting I'm a check this out later.
Creyn Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I really like this. I'm not the most observant of people for an artist, so whenever observant people like you put their two cents in, it all adds up to money in the bank (or my mind?) for me! :D

I love tutorials like these. This may not be one of the longer tutorials but the advice here is rock-solid! :D
FireYuuki Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for this! It helps a lot. I just started coloring!
vnblythe Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
i have so MUCH trouble with this stuff. thank you for making this!
MorfStrongo Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! This is so helpful. I just tried it out and my shadows just got much better quality. I hope someday i can make a face looking like this at the end... :heart:
5UNNYR4Y3 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   Digital Artist
oh my god, you have no idea how helpful this is!!! i've been trying to figure out a way to make my colors "pop" while keeping them natural---thank you!!!!
chill13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was very useful! I have issues with my shading sometimes. I found the use of grey between the two colors insightful. I hadn't thought of that before. I understand light and dark balance pretty well but I haven't mastered mood lighting yet.
klemsouille Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Thank you very much! I'm going to try right now!!!
duducaico Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG i've never seen this so much good explained! Reading it again and again! Super Thanks for this!
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