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Painting Light and Shadow: The Basics for Portraits and Characters

Gabrielle Brickey, Portrait Artist -

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15 Videos (1h 41m)
    • Introduction

    • Terms and Ideas

    • Planes of the Head

    • Skin Tones

    • Light Sources

    • Lighting Angles

    • Blending Techniques

    • The Smaller Forms of the Face

    • More Lighting Effects

    • Using References

    • Class Project

    • Lighting a Character Demo

    • Stylized Portrait Demos

    • Realistic Portrait Demos

    • Closing Thoughts

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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!

Start Drawing: Techniques for Pencil Portraits

Design a Female Character: Sketching Portraits with Pencils


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Great insight into light in all kinds of picture art. Especially pictures of human faces. The teacher focus at the importance of your own practice instead of falsely promise that she can make u good all by herself, because of that she is able to give good starter tips and advice for starting self-practice. The tips are unique and easy to remember long after you have seen the videos.
Amazing class......seeing the title of this class reminded me of my teacher in art school that told us that you don't draw the shadows in a composition [as most of us would think], you draw the light! Loved to take some new lighting scenarios to try out in my art & it's always a pleasure to watch skilled artists draw :D ....P.S. Nice and helpful resources! Thanks...stay amazing, Em B-)
Emanuela Dadarlat

IMA | Designer | Founder or ART'EM

One of the best and most helpful classes I've ever taken on skillshare!





Gabrielle Brickey

Portrait Artist -

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