Light Effects Painting Techniques For Beginners

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Humans have always had a love for expressing themselves through paintings and drawing, even our most primitive ancestors used to draw entire tapestries of figures on their cave walls. Through drawing and painting, we are able to not only communicate, but also express our emotions and eternalize the beauty of feeling of something in a way that words alone can never achieve. The more detailed and well made a painting is, the better it becomes as a communication medium, there are a lot of techniques out there that help make paintings look more realistic by giving them more detail and depth.

One very basic yet very important technique is painting in glowing light effects, by capturing illumination and shadows in a realistic manner, one can make their painting feel like a work of art. There are different ways of adding glowing effects to a painting, variations come based on the type of paint you are using, what kind of effect you are trying to capture in your painting and more. However, there are a handful of basics that apply everywhere, if you keep them in mind and practice a bit, you will be able to learn how to paint glowing light effects within no time, and once you get the hang of this, you can start experimenting and moving towards more advanced techniques.

The very first thing that you want to do is make a rough plan, sketch out the part of your painting that you want to add shadows and illumination to and define the direction, intensity and focus of the light effect. Remember that shadows are really important, proper placement of your shadows will have a substantial effect on the overall atmosphere of your painting.

Once you have finalized the basic sketch, you move onto filling in the foundation colors, during this phase, you need to visualize where the illumination will ‘flow’ to and adjust the tone of your colors accordingly. The area that you wish to illuminate should be kept light, be gentle with your brushstrokes there and do not use dark shades.

After you have added the basic colors, you now have a base to work on, begin adding in the details, give more definition to your light source and add contrast around the illuminated area to bring more focus on the lit areas. When adding in contrast, the worst thing that you can do is try adding it to your painting in one go, instead, take your time and gradually build the contrast layer after layer. Make sure to stop every now and then and review your work, one should always be subtle when adding in darkened areas as over doing this part can result in your entire lighting effect to be spoiled.

A painting with good lighting effects becomes rich with an atmosphere and a layer of depth that make the painting look much more attractive, with a bit of practice, you can have lighting effects mastered within no time at all.

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