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Quick n' Dirty: Light on Faces by telophase Quick n' Dirty: Light on Faces by telophase
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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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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PuccaNoodles 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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