Tutorial by Chris Dickinson
Why Light Direction Matters in your coloring…
If you want your coloring to look authentic or realistic, you want the direction of your art to be consistent throughout your entire project that you are creating. Sometimes, the stamped images will show you lines with the shading done already, but other times the stamp will not include the shading so you cdan have a bit more flexibility in your coloring.
You may want to get a lamp that you can change angles and choose a still life object to play around with your light direction and shadows. Remember when you were young and you would try to hide from your shadow or jump on it? (Or was I the only weird one? LOL) It typically would move around depending on the time of day or where you were standing. The following notes will help you in directing your shadows when you color.
With your Light Direction, you have several different options…
1. Overhead Lighting – This is when your light hits your objects from over head.
When outdoors, over head lighting happens around mid-day. Your shadows will be small and directly underneath your stamped images.
2. Frontal Lighting – This lighting occurs when the light is in front of your stamped image. There is a lot of contrast between your objects and tends to flatten them, eliminating fine detail.
4. Back Lighting – This lighting occurs when your light is directly behind an object. It will create a dark silouette.
5. Soft or Overcast Shadows – This lighting happens when you want your artwork to look like the lighting is filtered, smoke, pollution, clouds, etc. There will be softer shadows and colors and there will be very small contrast in the shading.
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