This BobBlast is a quick guide to establishing the light source in your paintings. Using light areas, dark areas and shadows creates the illusion of depth and dimension.
Watch the video to see my step by step process:
Step One - Determine what you are about to paint. In this case, it is a colorful ball.
Step Two - Tone the paper overall - my choice is a warm mid-tone. I am using Holbein's Orange Gesso.
Step Three - When the mid-tone has dried, determine the direction and source of your light. Is it a window? A spotlight? Overall light?
Step Four - Paint the circle that will be your colorful ball.
Step Five - Choose your color palette. I use a limited palette of four colors.
Step Six - I start with the pure dabs of the lightest light - right at the point of the light source shining on the ball. I use a one-inch brush and short, choppy strokes and move to the darker side of the ball - choosing my darkest dark.
Step Seven - Blend these short, choppy strokes from the light side to the dark side in the middle of the ball.
Step Eight - The background - you decide if you will use a light or dark background. There is no right or wrong way.
Step Nine - To anchor the ball, add a shadow underneath… moving away from the light source.
Step Ten - Now is the time to check the painting all over. Fine tune any part that stops your eye, for any reason, such as wrong color, bad drawing, doesn't visually hold together.
The second half of the video is a demonstration of the same light source principles, only with a colorful pear!
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