In this mini-guide, I’m going to more or less explain how the heck you apply basic light theory on your art. But with a bit more exaggerated effects.
I am going to start off by using a reference photo I took myself in a museum I visited the other day.
This is a piece of Pyrite (aka “Fool’s Gold”) which is very reflective, and is pretty cool.
I used this as a reference and eye-ball copied it. Since most of the colors are pretty saturated, it wasn’t that hard to guess the colors. (I did not color pick from the photo - unless you are colorblind, you should learn to pick color only by observation. It’s good for your artistic eye.)
Here’s my painting of the pyrite. It’s not as textured or detailed as the reference, but turned out good enough. The orange light comes from a piece of table/wood beneath the pyrite that is not visible from the photo.
The shape of the object is a nice variation from the regular “sphere” that you always see in light-theory.
Now let’s apply there light sources on a portrait - makin it shiny shiny!
But first we should look up another reference!
This picture was done by the AMAZING Virtual Lighting Tool where you can add several light sources, change the placement of the “lamps”, even add colors and all kind of nice gadgets. This screenshot contains more or less the same lightsources that we got from the Pyrite painting.
Now this time I did use the color picker - but not from the photograph, but from the painting I did earlier. This was a really fun experiment and a great way to practice shiny objects.
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This ought to keep you busy until spring rolls around! even for southern hemisphere people just going into fall.
- wide brim sun hat
- grocery bag
- duffle bag
- detachable fur collar
- detachable peter-pan collar
- detachable sailor collar
- felt boots/slippers/clogs (from carded wool)
- travel sewing kit
- summery lace socks
- adding lace to sock tops
- tattoo tights with template
- felted sweater mittens
- straw boater hat
- bottle necklace
- coin purse from oxford shirt sleeve
- Jumper Dress
- ribbon-waist tulle skirt
- long bell skirt
- suspender skirt
- boat neck tshirt
- mini vest
- pleated wrap skirt
- pointed hood sweatshirt
- sweater into cardigan
- turtleneck dress
- cross front dress
- pinafore jumper
- reversible shirt
- men’s button shirt refashion
- button down shirt from scratch
- silk scarf shorts
- men’s shirt to skirt
- 2 men’s shirts to 1 dress