How to Paint Light Instructional Techniques DVD Video
How to Paint Light Instructional Techniques DVD
Learn how to paint light, and explore how light enhances the three-dimensional illusion of your subject, adds drama and defines the planes that make what your painting appear to recede back into space. Watch Hall demonstrate how to wipe away with a paper towel the entire transparent undertone of a painting back to the initial white of the canvas or ground to reveal the areas where the light is striking. This technique will prevent high-key saturated colors, such as yellow or orange from becoming dulled and less intense looking when painting the light. Learn how to squint in order to see simplified light and dark patterns, and understand the value relationships. In classical paintings from the 15th-19th century it’s impressive when the subjects of the paintings seem so life-like that you feel like you can actually touch them. It’s the illusion of light that makes this possible!
How to Paint Light
Artist’s Notes on Painting Light
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Light enhances the three-dimensional illusion of the subject, adds drama and defines the planes that make the form appear to recede back into space. In classical paintings from the 15th-19th century it’s impressive when the image in the painting seems so life-like that you feel like you can touch it. The “form light” is the area on the subject that is facing towards and illuminated by the light source. In curvilinear forms such as the lemon, (plate 8) the light will slightly gradate around the curvature of the form. As the light moves around the form, it becomes both cooler in temperature and less intense. Learn how to paint light through daily practice in observing nature.
The temperature of the front light is affected by the color of the subject and type of light source. When natural daylight is used to illuminate the subject the front light will
appear cool and bluish, and when using an incandescent or tungsten light bulb it will look warm. Most light bulbs radiant a yellow-orange cast, however color correct bulbs (full spectrum light) will approximate natural light and appear cooler.
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