I stumbled upon a website that allows you to blend any colors evenly no matter how opposite on the spectrum they are.
sharing the knowledge
this is probably posted here already, but it is pretty much the most helpful thing ever so i’m gonna post it, too.
PRAISE THE LAWD, I’VE NEEDED THIS SO BAD
Why do you do this to me
There’s a reason behind color zones, but James Gurney does a much better job at explaining it than I do. Keep in mind this doesn’t cover lighting, just the local color of skin.
Although there are ‘color palettes’ here, I really wouldn’t recommend using them for your own (as in saving the image and eye dropping them) art, I did this rather quickly so this probably not very accurate. These are just my personal preferences when it comes to color. I don’t have saved palettes; I pick colors depending on the lighting or mood as I am working on a painting. BUT IF YOU WANT TO GO RIGHT AHEAD.
As for texture, lolidunno, I just use a lot of scatter brushes until it sort of looks like skin texture??? I honestly don’t worry about texture though unless it’s like a really close up view of a face or whatever. You can find my brushes here (you’ll need Photoshop CS or higher).
I am flattered that people are seeking advice from me, but keep in mind that I am still learning myself, so I am by no means the best person to be asking. Hope this helps you out though, anon!
A little thing I did to show more or less how the drawing progress looks like ( in relation to the recent ask )
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pausing from drawing to do a tiny lighting demonstration for the anon.
i’ve marked the major light sources. YELLOW is the strongest. PINK is the same as yellow (the sky, basically), but it’s coming in at a steeper angle, so it’s not as strong. the place where pink and yellow meet is where you’re most likely to find the “natural” color of the person you’re painting. forehead, collarbone, on either side of the bridge of the nose, etc.
the BLUE is the reflective lighting.
in this case, it’s false hollywood lighting. if you look in misha’s eyes, you’ll see white reflective dots. those dots are actually the reflection of one of those big white cards you sometimes see on film sets (i have no idea what the official term for them is). film crews use them to reflect light up into actors’ faces so you can see them better.
if i were using a difference source photo, the BLUE might come from water, a bright sandy beach, or even the shirt the person is wearing. it’s secondary light reflecting onto a person’s face from something else that’s being illuminated by the primary light.
i hope that helps? any place the light isn’t touching is the elephant graveyard where the hyenas live. so don’t go there.
those are just the darkest places. under his hair, inside the hollows of his eyes, under parts of his chin. the hollywood lighting card thingys are meant to get rid of those shadows, so misha is actually really well lit in this shot. :)
Very good resource, and I approve of the subject used. :)
Those big white cards are simply called reflectors. ;3 Most are flexible so the light can be directed easily - there are also gold reflectors to provide a warmer light where needed.
In direct sunlight a sidewalk will actually reflect a substantial amount of light. It’s quite common for there to be under lighting in outdoor situations by way of reflected light from the ground.