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Quick n' Dirty: Light on Faces by telophase Quick n' Dirty: Light on Faces by telophase
June 9 2015: I logged in to this account after months of not doing so and find that it's got THOUSANDS of favorites, a huge chunk of which were added very recently! Thank you all! Now...where do you come across this tutorial? I think it must have been linked from SOMEWHERE to get all this attention!

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A very quick and dirty tutorial to give an idea of how shadows fall on faces. The subject is more complicated than this, but this will get you started in the right direction.

* The bits that stick out, like the nose, and the edges of the lips, and the eyebrows, and the cheekbones on some people, will tend to cast shadows onto other parts of the face.

* To get shadows right, you have to carry in your head an idea of how the face and head looks in three dimensions. You may find it easy to start by getting a doll with a molded head, like a human-shaped action figure or fashion doll, and a flashlight, and shine the light onto the doll's head from various angles. Or even by taking a flashlight into teh bathroom with you and shining it on your face and studying it in the mirror.

* The above shows you what it looks like with one source of light. If there are multiple sources of light, they will each cast their own shadows that interfere with each other. It's best to actually shine two or more lights on a person and see how the shadows lie unless you're really familiar with it.
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toutcool Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
very usefull thank you !
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OraTheRebelKitsune Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This quick tutorial is cool ;D
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Chee-boo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist
Thank you very very much! :love: 
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kquotes Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Helpful thank you!!! love quote
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violentrepression Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
I Stumbled Upon this!
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telophase Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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maratai Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You know how I got here, Telophase.  ;)

*/is unhelpful*
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telophase Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:P :)
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BillyBiggings Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
very useful, thanks!
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YesiNeko Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Helpful thank you!!!
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sunnyrenny Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really helpful! :D
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Dearshul Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
I needed this! Thank you for taking the time to make it!
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KCinKC51 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Very cool tutorial!
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AcoIsabel Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Very helpful thank you 
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AmberFawn930 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Thank you for posting this!
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Numbdaydreamer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!! I Have spent an hour looking for this
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TubbyBurr Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Oh thank goodness I found this...I've been looking all over for some help on where to put shadows and where not to. This is an amazing find for me<3 You're awesome!
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mitzy-san Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
geezus, finally! a tutorial on light sources. i could neve find one. -___- thank you! (:
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Nera789 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011   General Artist
DUDE!!! This will REALLY help me! Thank you so much! I always have trouble figuring out where the light should be coming from and how it affects the shading...lol ^^;
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manda-j-panda Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This was really helpful! Thanks! Lacking all of the tools mentioned above (even a flashlight) my head could not wrap itself around the concept of light on faces. Thanks so much!
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HattasMadTeacup Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god, SO HELPFULK DJFLKDJASLJKLA
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GangstaCakes Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is insanely helpful! Thanks for posting it!
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Yokie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D This is super helpful! Thanks!
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redwatergr Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
thank you so much for this! its amazing!
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Dark-Lord-of-Sith Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student General Artist
This is really going to help me out a lot.
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Nobody-said-so Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
As someone who tends to throw caution to the wind when shading...thanks! :XD:
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paulares13 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Student
really helpfull, thank you very much!
I have some serious issues with shadows ahuahuah
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itris Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really useful, :+fav: ;]
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Planet-Sooshee Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
:omfg: I honesty can NOT thank you enough...!
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anotherclichejrocker Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU ARE SUCH A LIFE SAVER!! AMAZING!! I have such trouble with shading and this is utterly helpful! Thank you so much!
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rockeet Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
alot of helpful there, thanks alot :D
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NocturneKitty Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
This is sooper helpful! Thanks! :D
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:iconjoiski:
joiski Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for submitting this :D
I helped me a lot for my shading! :clap:
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Kingofsouls Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Oh god I have been looking for something like this for a while! I love you!
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takerzmuse Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
This is a great, great thing for someone like me whose weakness is shadows/light sources. THANK YOU~!
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killstein Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
This is so helpful.
Exactly what I was looking for. C:
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sana24 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Student General Artist
pretty awsome tutorial!
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heartsyhawk Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Thank you, this is very helpful :D
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usergirl101 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Thank you greatly. (loled at 'light from below';)
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xxchibimatsurixx Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
Thanks a lot :D
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fastlane000 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Student General Artist
thank you it's exactly what i was looking for to finish my Comic. Faving it
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Ricardo-kun Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009   Traditional Artist
Ohh >-<
This is soooooooooo helpfull o.o
thanks
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Atra-Caelum Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
I need this! 8O
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RaquelSumeragi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
Great job!!
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CrazeeCupcake Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
this is really helpful for people who are really confused with shading, like me! :D thankies!
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kaoi-ni Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
USEFUL!
:heart: thank you.
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yoshijaz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for making this!
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DigitalmillenniumGir Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
This really helped! Thanks.
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DigitalmillenniumGir Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008
Hm...How would it look like on the hair?D:
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telophase Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That entirely depends on the hairstyle and the texture of the hair.
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