I was getting some stuff together for a little color workshop I'm doing Saturday and I got to thinking about posting a bit more in depth about light and shadow. Last week I put up a before and after with a little blurb about color...so I thought I'd go a little more in depth.
So we start off with this image:
I decided that I wanted to do it in pink tones so I started off with rv04. Whenever you're coloring you need to think about where your light source is, because the closer to the light source the lighter the color. Normally you divide the image up into light, mid-tone and shadow. For example white, gray and black. So I colored my image using rv04, rv09 and rv19 with my light source on the right side. Take a look:
I left the one area white because I decided that her skirt is shiny and is reflecting the light there.
Once that's done, I needed to put in the shadows. I used the rv09 to shade the rv04, the rv19 to shade the rv09 and r39 to shade the rv19. It seems to me that when I start shading I go in with a light hand but wind up wanting more contrast and shade in darker. For example the side of her bust is now really dark and no longer rv09. Notice how different it looks with the shadows?
I used the same process for the green elements of the dress/shoes. I used yg000, yg05, yg11, yg12, yg21, yg23, yg25, yg45, and yg95.
For the skin I used e00, e01 and r02.
Hint: when coloring eyes always take a really light blue (booo) and lightly touch it to the outer corners of the eye and blend in. It makes the eyes pop!
Hope everyone is having a good day. I am thrilled that I finished my last 2011 proposal today. Now I can start thinking about 2012!