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Lighting + Shading: Make your Art Shine!

with Maria Lia Malandrino
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In this course Maria teaches you about shading and lighting and shows you how to make the most out of a character in a scene!
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Maria Lia Malandrino

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Maria is an illustrator and story artist from Turin, Italy. She has a BA degree in Magazine Publishing from the University of the Arts London, has studied Traditional Animation at the International School of Comics in Turin and attended a masterclass in Storyboarding at the online school CGMA.

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Requirements

  • A digital drawing software, like Photoshop (any version), the Procreate app for iPad (used in this tutorial) or any other similar software is required.
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Description

Lighting and shading may take up only about 20% of the time you put into a drawing, but they will impact 80% of how that drawing is perceived!

Good lighting and shading can turn a simple doodle into an eye-catching drawing, drawing the viewer’s eye to specific areas of your artwork and making the colours really popt!

In this course Maria shows you practical examples using the Procreate app on the iPad Pro, but the general rules are applicable to any digital painting software and tablet.

You will review some theories behind shading and lighting and will have fun practicing with different types of shading settings, lighting setups and gradients.

Note that to take this class you should be familiar with digital tools like Procreate app and other digital drawing elements like sketching, flat colouring and layers. If you need brushing up on some of them, we highly recommend you first take Maria’s course “How to Draw a Cartoon Character“.

Assignment: Create a beautiful artwork with an interesting lighting setting

This is your chance to experiment with different lighting settings!

  • Step 1: Choose a piece from your own production, use the provided psd file or quickly produce a doodle to use as the starting point for your lighting and shading practice.
  • Step 2: Apply 1 point lighting and figure out form and cast shadows on your character
  • Step 3: Apply 2 point lighting and figure out form, cast shadows and rim light
  • Step 4: Choose a specific time of day (or more than one, it’s up to you!) to create some environmental lighting effects

If you wanna post your results on social media don’t forget to tag Maria for a shoutout! You can find her at:

Good luck, but especially, have fun!

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What you’ll learn

  • Learn about the main theories behind shading and lighting
  • Learn to use layers, blending settings and tools in Procreate
  • Learn how to set up your canvas in Procreate
  • Learn how to draw different types of shadows on a character's body
  • Learn about 2-point and 3-point lighting setups
  • How dramatic lighting setups will make your character pop out
  • How to use gradients to alter the perception of the time of day
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01

Introduction

01:42

Maria Malandrino introduces herself and her new tutorial on shading and lighting, a drawing stage that can have a huge impact on the viewer’s perception of an artwork!

After reviewing some theories behind shading and lighting, Maria will show you how an artwork can be affected and improved by good lighting. She will also teach you how to use layers and blending settings in Procreate to achieve the results you expect.

In this tutorial Maria will use Procreate app on iPad Pro, but the basic principles of the course hold good for any other tablet and drawing software.

02

Preparation

01:35

Before getting started you first need to set up your canvas in Procreate.

In this lesson Maria will show you how to create the type of canvas that best suits your needs in terms of shape, size and DPI (to ensure your image prints sharp and crisp).

Then, you will be able to import  a flat colour image into your canvas or use the available psd file. You can also sketch something out on the canvas right before getting started.

   1 practice character PSD with sample lighting layers.

03

Theory Shadows

04:55

Before practicing with shading and lighting it’s better to review some basic rules on how a shadow is formed. In this lesson Maria illustrates two main types of shadows, the cast shadows and the form shadows. She also provides some examples of how they appear and differ, depending on the source of light that generates them.

04

Practice Shading

04:17

Here Maria will pick one of her own artworks as reference image to demonstrate the cast and form shadows.

She will guide you through the steps of duplicating layers, creating a clipping mask and using blending modes in Procreate. She will also show you how a little bit of planning can help you stay on track throughout the entire creative process.

By watching this tutorial you will learn how to draw different types of shadows on a character’s body, to select the best tones and brushes, to modulate the opacity and change the shading settings according to the light source and the time of day.

05

Theory Light

04:55

In this lesson you will learn how to make the most out of a character in a scene using a common photographic setup called 2-point lighting. You will get familiar with lighting principles and  concepts such as the key light, the fill light and the rim light (3-point lighting), and will see how they are used in some practical examples.

06

Practice Lighting

10:48

Now it’s time to watch Maria’s demo and practise with the 2-point and 3-point lighting setups.

In this tutorial Maria will show you how to use layers and blending settings (Overlay) in Procreate to draw the light on the areas that are reached and variously affected by it.

You will learn how to use complementary colours, adjust opacity, erase and refine some areas of your artwork to achieve the desired effect.

07

Practice Dramatic Lighting

14:47

In this tutorial Maria is going to use a close-up of the character she created in her course “How to Draw a Cartoon Character” to practice some examples of dramatic lighting, i.e. a type of lighting that adds to the visual interest of a portrait or an artwork. 

Using layers, blend mode types and adjustment tools in Procreate, Maria will demonstrate special lighting setups that make a character pop out or draw attention to a detail, such as light coming from the side or from below and obstruction.

   7 dramatic light example pictures (JPG) included

08

Gradients + Wrap-up

07:10

In this final lesson you can see how Maria creates and uses gradients to alter the perception of the time of day, to set the desired mood and atmosphere of the scene and to add more colour variation to a character.

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Elisa Nocent

2 months ago

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A really good course with a lot of tips and tricks that I didn't know about lights and shadows!!! Highly recommend!!!
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Courtney Manning

2 months ago

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Finally! A tutorial that explains what "adding your details" means! Most videos I've seen are great until they get to the adding shading and lighting step - they just say "add them" which isn't helpful at all. She does a great job of explaining how to think about lighting and shadows.
I recommend it for Beginner
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Cassi

3 months ago

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Another amazing course from my favourite instructor. As always, fantastic and easy to understand, a well-constructed course that's easy to draw along with and some great tips. I used this course as a follow on with my drawing I started in her "How to Draw a Cartoon Character" course.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Bhairavi Govindarajan

3 months ago

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I recommend it for Intermediate
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Danijela

3 months ago

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I recommend it for All levels
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Maegen Peeples

5 months ago

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Really excellent breakdown of multiple approaches to shading and light. I use Photoshop and CSP, and I followed along very easily despite everything being demonstrated in Procreate. Recommended for those who struggle with lighting, as well as those with slightly more experience who could benefit fro
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m a refresher course on some clean, straightforward techniques.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Beth Bogert

5 months ago

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I recommend it for Intermediate
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sofia karteri

5 months ago

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I recommend it for Intermediate
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Laura

5 months ago

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It's amazing. I'm an amateur artist, and I didn't have ideas about lighting and shadows. This course help to see where the light and shadows comes. Recommended 100% to everyone who wants to learn about this world.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Shruthi

6 months ago

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Lovely course on light and shadows, loved it. Thank you!
I recommend it for Advanced
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About the Instructor

Maria Lia Malandrino
Character Designer, Story Designer & Illustrator 5 courses

Maria is an illustrator and story artist from Turin, Italy. She has a BA degree in Magazine Publishing from the University of the Arts London, has studied Traditional Animation at the International School of Comics in Turin and attended a masterclass in Storyboarding at the online school CGMA.

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