10 MINUTES TO BETTER PORTRAIT PAINTING | Cinematic Lighting | Chris Petrocchi | Skillshare

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In this information packed tutorial you will discover:

  • 7 CRUCIAL lighting set ups every artist must know when creating portraits and character designs from imagination
  • How specific lighting helps evoke certain emotions and draws your audience in
  • The secrets photographers know often hidden from artists revealed
  • Use lighting to sculpt your drawing making it come alive

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1. Cinematic Lighting for Poartraits Characters 1: okay When considering drawing portrait, it's unique. A few key ingredients you need good structural sculptural drawing with planes, good values, good descriptions. You need good painting technique, and then you need lighting. Really, lighting is essential because it helps you tell the story or the emotion that you're trying to put forward. Whether it's moody, sad, happy, mysterious lighting is essential, and it puts another level of interest into your painting and helps really sing. Just like this Beethoven tune. It creates instant drama, and that's the stuff that your audience is really going to connect, too. Although they won't necessarily know it, they'll feel it. So what I'm doing here in a photo shop is just putting the character into shadow, as if we turned off the lights. And then we turn on the lights. And so I'm turning on the lights through painting on the lights, basically, and the first lighting scenario we're gonna do is butterfly lighting and where the light is directly overhead and just a little bit in front, and you get this nice butterfly shape under the nose who get shadows in the eyes under the tune directly down butterfly lighting. So again, that's butterfly lighting. The best use for that is fashion and glamour. It's very clear and well lit, and the emotional feel or theme for this lighting is clarity. It's uplifting. It's wholesome and stark. The 2nd 1 we're gonna do again, we put it in shadow, and then we paint on the lights and that's loop lighting, and you get kind of a loop shadow under the nose. And that's why it's called loop lighting and moving the light just slightly to the right. Each time loop lighting flattens most faces so you won't see a lot of form with this set up emotional feeling. Theme is slightly dramatic, while still light and clear, and it's a good go to light for beauty shots. A lot of times artists, you won't know how to light a character, and it really limits your ability to create and problem solved because artists don't know with the photographers. No, and that's how the light ah, person, because they have lights in the studio and they move them around. And so photographers are really good toe learn from and in general, artists don't have that luxury that's loop lighting and cannot put a little bit of light on the background to pop the character up the background. So this next one is called Rembrandt Lighting. It's really made famous because of the painter Rembrandt, and he did those spiritual paintings, his glory light type of paintings. What's characterizes this lighting scenario is that the shadow of the nose comes and kind of touches the shadow on the cheek and creates a triangle shape on the infra orbital triangle area under the eye. And that's probably my favorite one and demarcated in blue. Here is the signature triangle under the eye. The emotional feeling theme for this lighting set up this spiritual, slightly mysterious dramatic, and it works for glamour as well. Don't forget if you don't see that triangle on the cheek, it's not Rembrandt lighting, and I'm also doing another thing in here that's called rim Light. You can see the camera left. There is a light up camera, and it's lighting up, cutting out, uh, along the perimeter of the character along the edge. A lot of the rims, what's called a rim light, and that helps again make the thing a little more. Three D. Okay, it's a technique you can use, and you see it all the time. Actually, in concept art, it's a good thing to know why it's there. In general. It's difficult to draw or paint something if you don't know why it's there if you don't know what's going on. And conversely, if you know why something is happening, it's easier to draw. So just keep that in mind when you come across problems and trying to solve them. If you can figure out why it's there and we'll get through it a lot faster the next time you're confronted with that problem. So this next one is called Split Lighting. Again, we have rim light, Um, camera left. We've moved the light just a little bit more to the right than you get. Half, half, half light and half in dark called split lighting. Emotional feel for this set up is mysterious. Dark, slightly and clear. It's good if you don't want the audience to know if your characters friend or foe and then the next one, I think, is top lighting. And that's heavy shadows on the eyes, heavy under the nose and chin almost backlighting, but you got now something called a hair light that photographers use and it's creating a rim light around the hair is to light up the hair, shoulders and pop character up. Background. Great look to that. The emotional feeling theme for this is spiritually mysterious, dark, scary, unknown and even dramatic, so it covers a lot of ground. Then we've got bottom or horror lighting. So now the light is moved underneath the character, and it's lighting up all the planes that are usually dark. Now we see them as having light on them, and it's pretty spooky, and, um thus the name horror lighting the emotional feeling theme for this is obviously gonna be scary. Horror, moody, unknown beer Unclear and very dramatic. So I think I'm gonna introduce a rim light as well in this one and that rim light. I usually lights the character either from left or right or both sides along the rim. It's really strong and intrudes onto the side. Planes of the face is called the kicker kicker like OK, so the last one is called backlighting. That's like if you meet someone on the street and they're just a total silhouette with the street light behind him or car headlights behind them. Great effect. I love this one. The emotional feel and theme for this one is you guessed it alien threatening, very mysterious and unknown. So it works well with sci fi, fantasy and suspense themes. So I'm using a green light here and just hitting the the silhouette of the character and then creating a little bit of kind of opportunity for some diffuse light. So we have hard and soft edges, which creates interest. At first I put the light on top, which is just wrong. It's backlighting, so we're gonna change that. Put the light behind the character. I love this theme for the opportunity for heavy atmosphere that you can put in your paintings so cool and then put some special effects there that you'll see with a soft hair brush. And that's just really flat, um, dark value, without much modulation in the tones of values future. And so it's a flat, um, dark on a dark background. Or the background can be medium dark or disgrace so it could be gray or black, and the characters just just almost flat, no detail whatsoever. Just a little bit, and that gives you that effect of meeting someone in an alleyway at night. Time for just a mysterious being. You're not really sure who it is. It's great if you if you're telling a story of intrigue or you want to set up a question to be answered later. So that's backlighting. So that's dark. Figure on a black or medium. Great background, Really good stuff. Gotta love it. And that's it. Okay, I really hope you enjoy this video. What? We covered lighting for portraiture and character design painters would cover seven different light scenarios, including butterfly loop, Rembrandt split top bottom and back lighting. I really think these air gonna improve your painting. Make a lot more interesting to look at and sort of advance your story line in your painting . Okay? And that's what you want. You want people to hang around your painting because it's just so good. All right, so I Happy painting. I hope you enjoy this. We will see you in the next video. Okay, But by