Anonymous said: I'm having a difficult time with shading and lighting my objects, characters, etc. is there any self-help books or online pages that you know of that are helpful? Thank you
Good question! I would like to redirect you to the last time I answered this as my opinion remains the same. I would also like to add that values/shading go hand in hand with colour theory, most of which is also touched upon in that book.
This article muses on the colour gray in a way that makes everything seem less mysterious when the author covers some of the science behind colour and how we perceive it (gray in relationship with everything else, in this case).
In addition, try to observe, don’t just look at the world around you. I personally find it very hard to “bypass” how your brain interprets what your eyes take in, and am still largely unable to do so with the exception of isolating colours from the whole — fortunately so, considering it’s doing you a huge favour by freeing you up from thinking about this stuff.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but one trick to isolating colours, is to make a tiny square between your thumbs and index fingers, sort of like a finger frame, only smaller — suddenly what seemed like a brilliant blue against golden hues is more of a slate grey alone.
A trick to capture realistic shadows is to squint and thus only get the main shapes, the big picture so to speak. It is so very easy to get caught up in the details, but this is a nice way of eliminating these. However, several art folks have told me this is bad form, so, uh, use it with caution, I suppose.
Oh yeah, and don’t be lazy like me, draw from real life and/or reference. Do master studies, and so on. If you have the actual time for it, this is probably one of the fastest ways to learn this stuff.
Best of luck, Anon!