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light from below (updated video with annotations) by sigeel light from below (updated video with annotations) by sigeel
ooh .. testing! while working on the next page i made a quick demonstration for a friend on how i painted those light from below panels, and thought.. hey.. why not try and see if dA still has those.. video categories.

unfortunatly.. for some reason it doesent want to upload my video file.. so yeah.. go to youtube to view it instead :/ [link]

i dunno if people will find it usefull or not but is a very simple technique. for those who use photoshop, just make a layer and fill the area using a soft brush. then areas where its supposed to be highlighted.. just erase witn an eraser using a sharp brush.

original time that took for this image is 10 minutes.
program used for recording: camtasia studio
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:iconlosromanos:
losromanos Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome lighting ;)
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sleep3walker Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
GREAT WORK ...

ammmm , I have question can you give me advice how to draw "expressions" ...

I know that practice and hard work is fundamental for everything , but nevertheless can you give me a hint or something ...
because I have no idea how to start ...
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:iconsigeel:
sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you can buy a small mirror and place it on the table where you draw. it makes things easier and you learn much more from observing how each muscle and wrinkle on the face behaves.

for instance a smile will lift the cheeks up, and will also shrink the eyes and into a sort of line. an angry expression that shows teeth will strech the cheek muscles to the side. also nose will widen and there will be wrinkles in the arcade area in the middle beween the eyebrows.
for the face expressions you need to observe the anatomy of the face.

also another usefull thing for expressions is to watch how people behave in public. for instance if you go out with your friends, try observing their gestures when they talk or explain things. expressions are achieved not only on the face but also in body language.
a person will make different gesture when is talking about something that bothers them, or if they talk about something sad, and differently when they are excited or happy. if a person is nervous or insecure about something (or perhaps shy)observe thir overall stance. their shoulders tend to be pointed downwards, their hands are pulled in sometimes folding their palms on their knees, they might even hold something in their hands(like a crumpled piece of paper) and mangle it XD thir head might be cowered a bit etc.

you can also observe random strangers. (people casually walking down the street, people waiting for a bus...take a look: is person paitently waiting or is he or she constaly looking at their watch, nervously pacing. the world is full of resources and it teaches us alot)
you can do those things whwnever you have a bit of free time. when you go to the store to pick up groceries, or when you are taking a walk or even returning home from work, or any time you are outside . it will vastly enrichen your knowledge and it will make drawing expressions much easily because you will understand the behaviour behind it.
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sleep3walker Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
looooool I didn't expect answer so fast ...

Thanks for the advice I really appreciate it... I will definitely try the thing with the mirror, I don't think I will be able to catch every little detail right from the start ... but hey I guess this is how you build a style ... right

Thanks again you are the best.
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:iconsigeel:
sigeel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no problem :)
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Niccies Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
rly great tutorial, thanks a lot! both you and you're husband are so great, both at drawing and teaching it, thanks form all of us ;__; :iconbrohugplz:
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:iconsigeel:
sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
no problem :3
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AScarletmoon17 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you draw expressions XD
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:icondazed--flame:
Dazed--Flame Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
B> your coloring skills T_T
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:iconsigeel:
sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hahaha cant really sell 7 years of expreience XD;;
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Dazed--Flame Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcryforeverplz: Was worth a try
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:iconsigeel:
sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
eat BEANS!!! and draw!! XD
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Dazed--Flame Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beans :iconpokerfacememeplz: ?
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:iconsigeel:
sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
jacks beans 10min 20% exp :P or.. how much was it haha XD i cant remmeber anymore XD
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Dazed--Flame Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
2x exp I think :XD:
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:iconsigeel:
sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ah yes! THAT! XD
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J1Star Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome stuff. I really can't wait to see where you are going with this story. I kinda want it to be kinky, is that bad? :B
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sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol thanks^^ lol its not bad^^ we all have our own fetishes :3
and there will be a bit of romance in it :P
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alexasrosa Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for your continuous sharing of your knowledge - you're the best!
I have a (dumb) question: should the light color match the light source or, if for instance the coat was blue, should the light be a sort of green (yellow from the light source + blue from the object) ?
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sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yes the primary light color does match the light source, i think what you are saying is the reflective light. its when the light bounces from the colored object to reflect that color onto another object. only bright colored objects technically reflect the light from the light source, for instance yellow light will automatically make a light blue coat look slightly green which will of course reflect onto the skintone. (if we are talking about a coat then proabably in the area of the chin) that reflective light will however be very weak in its lightness.
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
awesome
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LuLu-Fukurou Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
You're the boss! I love this
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wailor Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I don't know the rest of the people but for me it's useful for learning where should I put the lights and shadows over a body. I always have problems with that ^_^U
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sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
im glad it was helpfull^^ bear in mind that the placement of shadows always comes from a light source^^ which is why i put the candle in the picture, so its clear from where its illuminated.

once you determine that, everything else is just mathematics :)you break down your form into shapes and calculate :) if the light source is from the left, naturally the right side of your character will be in shadow, and also the bridges and conecaves will cast a shadow of their own too (nose for instance :)
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wailor Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I gave it a try [link] and it's still very difficult for me to make it looks smooth. But I'm not complaining, I know this can't be done in one day (I need to try it more times) and it could be worse xD so thanks again for your tutorial and explanation. I'll be looking forward to watch more demonstrations like this one :D
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:iconsigeel:
sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hey it looks awesome for the first try :) keep practicing, you will get better as you do it more :D
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Veldalis Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
np :)
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Custer-1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Technical matters aside, it's a very atmospheric, warm shot - one could almost swear that the candle is flickering, as candles do in real life. Our heroine doesn't seem too happy that it's being held so close to her, though...
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sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hahah she is not amused as you will see in the next strip :P
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donatien1740 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the video, your technique is simple enough to understand (for such art-loosers like me) and it's perfect. :clap:
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Joetheone Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
and I keep waiting for a voice to explain the whole stuff :XD: (kidding)

really? only 4 mins? awesome!!
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sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol you keep waiting XDDD it aint gonna happen XD im terrible at voicing out stuff not to mention i sound russian XD
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:iconjoetheone:
Joetheone Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha, wonder why you'd sound russian xD (ironic mode on)
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sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
because im from the eastern part of europe, and my native language is slavic.. so i get that kind of accent.
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Joetheone Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
heh!
my family comes from west europe, and I was born in south america... nobody knows what kind of accent do I have when I speak english...
even my spanish is funny :lol:
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sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i know for sure my sounds russian XD i heard myself talk LOL but yeah.. here i have noone to talk to in english so my pronaunciation is really rusty XDD
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Joetheone Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahahaha!
well, if you ever want to try spanish for a change, I can help there too :XD:
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AScarletmoon17 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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Anama-chan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are not only talented but kind too TT///TT thank you for helping us mortals
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sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha no problem :)
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mrdrkj Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your desire to help us imbiciles develop skills is remarkable and rare. Hat-tip and a bigg 'thanks' to you.
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sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
not imbeciles, we all start from somewhere :) i was a newbie at this stuff once too :) why not share my knowledge if i can^^
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jeditoby Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Will do!
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tristramSigil Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Your style is very clean! Good job, I liked it.
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VolatileFortune Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
oh, this is great! just watched the yt vid, and it encourages me to give photoshop another go in trying to paint in it.. I usually use SAI, but custom brushes and the like have always been a temptation..
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:iconsigeel:
sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
photoshop is awesome once you get used to it :) i especially love layer options like hard light and linear light (which i used in this short video) they make the colors so much more vivid :)
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VolatileFortune Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013   General Artist
okay now that I just got personal encouragement by one of my favourite artists, I'll try it again for sure! I've only used SAI so far, but now that I can use photoshop lag free..yes, I'll give it a go. thanks again!!
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sigeel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
woot
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BumpyTheShroom Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Her face says "NOT amused." XD I love your character's.
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