Hey there! Do you perhaps have any websites/refrences/ect for light sources? I've always struggled with shading and Im pretty sure other artists could benefit from some light source things too!
book rec / expert info lol
for a really bomb book about light sources I have read & is regularly recommended by pro artists in the industry, check out Color and Light by James Gurney (disclaimer, this is an affiliate link to Ebay lil indie book seller, not amazon for ethical reasons lol)
Here’s a few random notes on general light sources before we hit my over kill method to practicing lighting.
Sun: strong, strong light source that is usually up high.
When it’s sunset/rise, it’s even warmer. creates strong highlights, depending on the surface / material and also is responsible for sub-scattering effect. The link is to resources on that subject.
Also generally the source of bounce light, which is not that bright, but when you remember it, helps the subject look way more realistic. Check out this demo on Proko https://www.proko.com/shading-light-and-form-basics/ (bc I don’t want to directly embed the image from another artist. Want all the traffic to go to him!)
Other points of light like candles, lamps, etc can be strong or weak, but the fall off is usually pretty great compared to the mega watt sun. Light fall off is pretty rapid, actually! I’d check out some ref photos or really look around.
A guide to experimenting with lighting set ups
For experimenting with light set ups, I recommend practicing with 3D lights so you can see how light sources works when you move it around objects. This way you can do a lot of practice and you won’t have to find a new ref all the time. Though I definitely hop on Unsplash.com a lot and doing lighting studies there as well.
This answer is kinda overkill in terms of complexity, but once you get it set up, it’s freaking litttyyy and easy to use!!
I suggest finding some free (or paid!) 3D models on https://sketchfab.com/feed or https://www.cgtrader.com or any other site with 3dmodels.
Then grab yourself a copy of blender, the wonderful open source project https://www.blender.org and import your file. I had to import obj to get this free doggo to show up.
Add in some lights, I used tried light add-on that is easy to turn on the settings, you don’t have to download anything.
Recommend this tri-lighting set up bc it’s flattering but still ultra customizable.
For the rendering preview to come on, make sure you have the button selected how I have it here:
Then go wild and change all kinds of color and position settings and try out new lighting schemes!
For faces, this is a great tool and is much quicker to set up.
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