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Need help with shadows Answered


I've been working on a few black and white pieces, and I seem to be having issues with shadows and illuminations. The ones I already have in place make the image distorted and even more eerie than their supposed to be. I know that I do use grey in the pieces, but I want shadows to be a pure black and lighting to be a pure white.

Can anyone give me some advice on how to fix this issue?

The man with the umbrella is the most troublesome. I cant quite figure out how to illuminate the umbrella, and the shadow he makes is first off, the incorrect shape, but secondly, in grey. I did that to try and distinguish the difference between his feet and his shadow, but I would still like an actual black shadow in the finished product. (help!)

The children have a really creepy feeling to them. I want to lighten up the whole mood of the piece by just a notch, and I think the way of doing that would be to add more light to the shadows on their clothing.

I would appreciate any help you can give me.

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caitlinsdad

7 years ago

You might want to search on some tutorials on perspective drawing. The problem here is that you need to determine what is your light source and where it is at. I guess the light might be from a mushroom cloud that is to the upper left somewhere. If you could draw or imagine light rays eminating from that light source and going over your umbrella man or subject., the projection would help you determine the correct shape of your shadow on the ground. The primary light source would also cast new shadows or bright spots on the figure - the umbrella would also cast a shadow on the figure's clothes. But then again, it's all your style, so hey.

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Goodhartcaitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago

Yes, following your suggestion, he could use a "tracing sheet" laid over the drawing, and draw his "rays" on that, so he could see it but not ruin the actual drawing; IF he is doing so mechanically and not just with software.

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rowdyrosiepiperGoodhart

Reply 7 years ago

okay, thanks! This should definitely help out! And yes all of this is being done mechanically.

I appreciate both of your suggestions, thank you.