Hello all – Colleen here with some coloring inspiration for you today!
One of the challenges given to us by Zoe was “Sharp Shadows”… now this can mean a lot of different things. It could be more of a Mange-type rendering where the shading isn’t blended out and each of the shadows has a very distinct edge. Me… I’m not really a huge fan of that style as I like to blend. So I’m taking a slightly different view of the challenge – and showing how to create sharp “CAST” shadows.
I used Rocker Roxette for this challenge as she had some nice areas of overlap for casting shadows.
Let’s take a closer look at what cast shadows are:
Anytime there is something (fabric, body parts, hair) that overlaps something else, it will cast a shadow. For this image, I used the viewer as my light source to make it simple.
For example, her bangs cast a shadow on her face, her nose casts a shadow on her face, her eyes cast shadows around her lids, her chin casts a shadow on her neck, and her choker casts a shadow too!
I used a mauve color for the cast shadows on the skin because blue/violet colors are a great complimentary color to the yellow/orange of the skin tone. Notice that the cast shadows are NOT blended out. Up close like this they look a little weird, but when viewed as a whole image, they look very natural.
Here are some more sharp cast shadows… Notice the mauve shadows on the skin cast by her skirt and hose.
Each section of the image will have cast shadows. I’m only pointing out the ones on the skin. But if you look at the final image closely, you will notice that the guitar casts a shadow on her shirt, her shirt casts a shadow on her skirt, her arm casts a shadow on the guitar, the boots cast a shadow on her hose… and so on.
The trick to creating nice, sharp cast shadows is to #1 – us a color that is either a complimentary color or a darker shade and #2 – wait for the image to dry completely before adding cast shadows, otherwise the edges will blend slightly.
Image: Rocker Roxette Digi Image (Make It Crafty)
Paper: X-Press It Blending Card (Imagination International Inc)
Copic Markers (Imagination International Inc.)
skin – E000/E11/E04
lips – R29
hair – B91/B93/C3/C5/C7/C9/100/black multiliner
shirt and hose – B00/B02/B04/B29
skirt and boots – C1/C3/C5/C7/C9/100
guitar – R24/R29/R89
I hope you find this helpful! Thank you for stopping in
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