Painting colour and light 2.0 Group run through week Two!

  • Alrighty! We are now armed with our collective reference libraries (thank you everyone for sharing your findings).

    Now it's time to practice some light and shadow!

    Reminder: Everyone's welcome to participate, but in order to have access to the classes and homework you need an SVS subscription. It's worth it.

    Feel free to do digital or traditional. It's all good.

    This week!


    • All videos in 'understanding light and shadow' ('bout 30 minutes).


    • exercise 03 and 06 in the workbook. Lots of predicting of how light strikes objects and where shadows go!

    Other stuff to do if you're ready to punch light and shadow in the face:

    -Do exercise 03 or 06 again, this time picking a different light direction. Can't do this enough.

    Feel free to post your work for feedback and support here!

    Next week we'll start exploring some colour 😃

  • I’m going to ask the Stupid question again. What’s the workbook? Is that the excercise numbers or am I missing something?

  • @peteolczyk and thanks for organising this Braden, it works really well. Because everyone contributes, it makes it more like a real class environment but without the paper throwing and chewing gum.

  • @peteolczyk yes exercises lols. There are no stupid questions, only those not asked... or something like that.

  • @Heather-Boyd thanks that’s a kind answer 😆👍

  • @peteolczyk said in Painting colour and light 2.0 Group run through week Two!:

    I’m going to ask the Stupid question again. What’s the workbook? Is that the excercise numbers or am I missing something?

    head to the video and download list. At the very bottom in 'homework downloads' you'll find the 'painting color and light workbook' 🙂

  • Still working on the exercise 3, but here are some of the finished exercise 6's. I changed the direct on the color one. I think I'm going to try and do a few more on this one.



  • @jdubz This one's definitely a hard one 🙂

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    I hope it’s okay, I’m crashing your party. I started the class over the summer and never did the exercises.
    I wanted to try making a ball the light source. I had trouble with the roof area but I think it passes. 🤔
    I just noticed @jdubz made the floor checkerboard. That’s cool. I’ll try that with the colored version.

  • @burvantill like the shadow going up the stairs, cool.

  • My first bit of the homework. I found it quite hard to separate out the different types of shadow in my mind and think about them separately. I’m used to drawing from observation and it’s just all there all at once.

    Edit: The steps & another direction

  • Painting Colour and Light Workbook 3 -01.5.jpg

    I already notice things to tweak (occlusion under the ball to the steps and to the second step) *and so I went back and fixed it.

    However if something looks really off please let me know. I wanted to go more subtle and have the light more above to the right for shorter casts.


  • Ehhh I realized I totally screwed up the directions and didn't work progressively moving from stage 1 to 2 to 3 on the first ones. So I kinda just went with it and finished those and then just skipped into a bunch of angles. I'm going to try and look at some reference because some of my angles I think are not flowing correctly. But it was a great exercise that makes you think about the scene a lot more.


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    This is fun. 😃
    Does anyone else have trouble with the lollipop? That stumped me both times.

  • @burvantill Yeah I did for sure. One thing I tried that worked well (I ended up doing like 3 of these until I couldn't stand it any more lol) if you do it digitally is copying the shape of the lollipop and then transform > distort and dragged it around until it felt right.

    That works pretty well for most of the separate shapes so you start off with the right proportions.

  • I did my best. I did my best, lols. I know I missed some cast shadows. Oh the struggle but I love light and shadow so I'll keep pushing through it. Thank you @jdubz and @burvantill for the stair case shadow. Left an empty one to return to complete it later/replace it.

    Painting Colour and Light Workbook 06.jpg

  • Things always get busy when I decide to do one of these courses, lol. But I did it! For this exercise I was NOT worried about local value, but just where light would hit and where the shadows would be.

    If anyone is having a hard time with this (or, just you know, wants to do better) Go watch the new Light and Shadow for illustrators course. GO WATCH IT.

    It will change the way you think about local tone vs. shadows and it is EXCEPTIONALLY well laid out as a class. Seriously. Go watch it.


  • @burvantill said in Painting colour and light 2.0 Group run through week Two!:

    Does anyone else have trouble with the lollipop? That stumped me both times.

    In what way did it stump you?

  • I'm really curious to what processes you all use when you build a piece. That's something I've struggled with to get right.

    For example, are you building the mid-tones and setting the base color of all the objects flat, and then applying shadow, then coming back and adding light?

    Let's say you have a darker scene - how dark do you start? Or do you not worry about it and just build the local hue/value, like green couch, red bedspread, blue dress, skintone, etc and then apply a global dark layer to make it fit the darker color tone (like a night scene)?

  • @Braden-Hallett start it in 2020 one by one good review but I don’t have the time now.

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