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TUTORIAL: UNDERSTAND THE BASICS OF LIGHT AND COLOR by Reffelia TUTORIAL: UNDERSTAND THE BASICS OF LIGHT AND COLOR by Reffelia
This is a simple tutorial I made using Photoshop.
As a self taught artist it took me a lot to be comfortable with these techniques. What I really meant was mastering it, with a lot of exercises and studies.
I hope this help you in dark times.

Sorry If my english isn't perfect, my excuse it isn't my native language.
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LilDerpist Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful tutorial to me. I have mostly problems with shadowing, when I have colored already.
I have use it someday. By the way, Have you using this style also to your arts?
I have been checked your gallery and it looks amazing.
Like this art, one of your art's name Fire Elemental, but it doesn't look like you have using grey scale thingy.
But if you have, I'm kinda surprised. Have you used more ligth on it or something?
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Reffelia Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I started like that... Once I learnt how to do the values and to work with two light sources I try to do with more colors. For fire elemental I started with colors but mostly of the artworks i do grey scale first... On the fire elemental is tricky there is more light on it because fire glows. but in the fire i tried to use direct and bouncing light
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LilDerpist Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah i see, Thank you for the answer!
And keep up with you're amazing work :)
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VanessaBettencourt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for sharing
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Hey there! :wave:
Your tutorial has been featured in my weekly article: Tutorial Tuesday #6!
I'd love if you could come take a look at the other pieces featured, and maybe leave comments for their deviants :la:
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Reffelia Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, Yes i will visit :)
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stalitha Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Well explained, this will be a great help!
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Reffelia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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0aku Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student
i cannot really see the difference between texure and depth on the bottom... could you point out the differences for me :S

Btw thanks for this tutorial, I get pretty lazy and frustrated with lighting so my art ends up really flat. This was a simple way of explaining easy ways to add more to your artwork :D Quite helpful!

(don't listen to that guy who was criticizing... sometimes people need to be nicer about their criticisms... he obviously needs a tutorial on how to criticize well >>)
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Reffelia Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know I didn't do the most perfect example to show the depth in it, since I did a really quick painting, so I'm really sorry about that. Although, if you zoom it in full size, you can see some changes like blur effect on the floor and in some fur in the edge of the face and the tail.
Why I use the blur?
Because blur forces my focal point, that is the creature's face and all the details from the other parts go to second plan.
Of course depth it needs to be created all the way in the process. For example, in a field of flowers, you have bigger flowers in the foreground and smaller in the background and this gives a sense of perspective and depth.
However, when I have few elements in the composition that doesn't help me to create depth, I do these small tricks to force that idea. The background behind the cat is blury, the tail, and some fur.

By the way thank you for your comment and support. ;)
I don't care if people comment or critic my works, because our world is based on judgement. Feedback is always good for improvement. Although, I don't like and I think all artist don't, as well, when They do without justifying it, because from critic I consider more like a taste or opinion.( Of course I am not talking about him but in general.)

Anyway, If you need more help or If you want to ask questions, I'm here.
Have a good day or night :)
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