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Painting Light and Shadow: The Basics for Portraits and Characters

Gabrielle Brickey, Portrait Artist - ArtworkbyGabrielle.com

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15 Videos (1h 41m)
    • Introduction

      1:49
    • Terms and Ideas

      10:23
    • Planes of the Head

      4:05
    • Skin Tones

      5:21
    • Light Sources

      9:26
    • Lighting Angles

      5:27
    • Blending Techniques

      4:58
    • The Smaller Forms of the Face

      1:22
    • More Lighting Effects

      6:38
    • Using References

      3:57
    • Class Project

      2:07
    • Lighting a Character Demo

      28:44
    • Stylized Portrait Demos

      5:20
    • Realistic Portrait Demos

      9:44
    • Closing Thoughts

      1:54
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About This Class

In this class, you'll learn how to paint portraits with light! We'll cover all sorts of lighting situations so you'll be armed with the skills to confidently render a face in tons of different lighting scenarios.

You'll discover how through observation and practice, you can train your eyes and brain to see and understand light better. Through easy to follow videos, practice exercises, and class demonstrations, you'll discover how you can render light on your subjects.

If you're an artist and lighting your characters has been a confusing struggle, then this is the class for you. You'll learn the basics of lighting that can lead you toward great picture making!

If you'd like to learn how to draw portraits and characters first, these two courses will help get you started! Then jump into class and start painting with light!

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Crazy informative, easy to digest and implement, clear, concise, well-made. Will refer to this again and again! And all the resources are amazing!!
The teacher explains things clearly and simply, and offers many resources to study after you finish the class. The lessons have many helpful visuals to solidify her teachings. The tools she recommends are on the expensive side, especially if you're just starting out, but that's just a minor nitpick. This class really helped me understand the basics in shading portraits, so I would highly recommend this class!

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Gabrielle Brickey

Portrait Artist - ArtworkbyGabrielle.com

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