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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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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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DigitalmillenniumGir Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Ahhh. : ) Thank you. ^^
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Guardian-Suri-ka Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008
Gah! Thank you for making this, I really needed something like it for reference @_@
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Asheraine Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Helpful! Thank You!
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Lorsi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful ^^ Thanks for this!
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pluginbliss Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
wow thank you!

i always have trouble with light and shadow on faces

but this is very helpful
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Nebulosa-Dreams Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent!
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totmoartsstudio2 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008
this is nice.
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FantasyGirl158 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
I suck at lighting TT__TT so this will help a ton! Thanks for making it ^_^
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Rasne Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
i never know where to put shadows. thank you for the tutorial^^
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Good-Anime Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007  Student
THANK YOU!!
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Demoncupcake Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
wow very useful! thank you! =]
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ZodiaqueAries Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So helpful! -bows to- This is loved very much! xD -Favs it-
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lawlzify Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
You're a godsend.

Thank you. =]
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melloni Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
Ooo~ very helpful. I have something like a 3% accurate photographic memory, so studies don't help me... and I hate all the skin tutorials that tell you to 'block in the base colours'. It's like, 'excuse me? How? You didn't show that step!'
But... I digress. This is mega helpful nee... <3333 -lefave-
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