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Light and shadow study by Lhuin Light and shadow study by Lhuin
A practice I made today, I drew the fox head unlit and then made all these different versions with different lighting and shadows. Was fun and I learned a lot! Was looking at a lot of different references to get them as realistic as possible and to see how the colours and values work. Each of them took about 15-30 min in total, they're not very refined but mainly just focusing on the shapes and values. I really recommend doing stuff like this, really useful and helpful!
I'm really enjoying studying and learning this kind of stuff lately!

I'll normally upload this kind of stuff on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Johanna… (already put some other new stuff there that's not on DA)
but thought I'd put this one here as well! :)

looks like fox tapestry/wallpaper or something haha
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:iconthemercenary04:
TheMercenary04 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing! :clap:
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CorgiFoxi Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad I came across this, I'm gathering reference on how to approach painting fox fur as I'm struggling with how to start. Thank you for posting. :)
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Wylfen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you maybe do a tutorial on how youmake that nice light?
Like, I know where the light Comes and it Looks totally shiny.. How do you do that?
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Different layer effects can help a lot :) I like using especially Hard Light, Overlay and Sof Light
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:iconwylfen:
Wylfen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright, thank you! :)
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foxstroyer Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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:iconvvulpus:
vvulpus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Student General Artist
this is amazing!!!
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Nemenos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is really wonderful!
I love how you clearly defined the light source and how
you used the green in the shadows.
This will be lots of help to other canine artists :)
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Wooden-Paws Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ice-Artz I saw you struggling a bit in the stream so I saw this in my feed xD Hope this maybe helps?? :o
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Ice-Artz Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks xD The thing is, I understand shading. I just have trouble keeping the shading consistent when animating it.
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Wooden-Paws Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, you can try to use the light table then, for the shading. Not seeing the animation right now is tricky, but the bigger the flames, the brighter the light, and the further away they are, the dimmer the light. You can also rely on anatomy for shading, which I saw you did do that. You can make the shading fade and become darker and maybe blend more with the darkness, which would take more time but maybe also look more pro? I'm just throwing guesses and suggestions xD
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Ice-Artz Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it's not that I don't know where the light should go xD The issue is that when I animate it the shading is super wobbly. I just gotta figure out a better technique that's more consistent.
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Wooden-Paws Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, I see xD Maybe you can be fast with your eraser swipes? Or try a different brush? Some of the brushes have some weird jazzy stuff to them you don't know about, like Photoshop brushes.
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flamenphoenix1915 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Wow! I should try this! This must be good practice. I just learned from your artwork dude! Watching!
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CosmoCoyote Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of the best examples of proper lighting and the use of shadows I've seen!
This will help me to improve my own art work.Thank you!:) (Smile) 
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NekohimeKagepuma Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is a really good idea. I think I'll follow your example and do some studying and practice too :)
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! ^_^ it really helps!
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Kalimerox Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is really lovely! Was the lighting in the pictures you referenced from also this strong? Since often when I look at pictures the lighting is not as strong as here, and it makes it hard to determine for me where the lighting should come in my drawing.
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Lhuin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Late reply but yeah it wasn't that strong in all of the images i looked at, just wanted to emphasize it a bit in most of them :) the backlight ones were quite strongly lit but generally the light would probably be closest to the first one which is kinda like a normal (overcast-ish) day
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natanruiz Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
last one is awesome. Pretty consistent. Nice work!
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DanielNetSet Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
very good. all light seems right
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TheScorpionQueen Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooohhh it's so realistic!La la la la 
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Kissme123lal Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OHH SNOOP DAWG THAT IS PRETTY Fabulous Pewdiepie Emoticon 
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ElenPanter Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So nice)
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Crystalheart9 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done, lovely fox and shadows.
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Cynder-Man Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Because of what I could learn from this image, I'm adding you to my watch.
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LexiiDear Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Arg your lighting is spot on~
Awesome job ^^
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Crystalshine77 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the third one!
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DetectiveScheper Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Oooh, that looks outstanding! I should consider trying this! I love your work too much <3
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dresha Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thx for this cool enlightenment! ^^
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AliceHutmacher Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
that looks amazing! :squee:
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maximumimpactartistX Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I WILL LOVE TO WORK YOU :)!!
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AlphaArt1234 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
oh my gosh. he's so cute. i wanna squeeze and hug him (or her)

shading is astonishing! and the fur is on point!
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SnowBumbee Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
What a nice practice ! They all look so realistic, and the shading is perfect every time !
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maironmatos Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Awesome!
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Konveekou Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Aaaah I remember when you were telling me about those light practicing you've been into :'D so great! I love them all <3 you've really come very far!
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CryOfThePikachu Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i like far right on the top! <3
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jellophish Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That looks beautiful *o*
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Wolf3Animations Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Cute Foxy Plushie Chat Icon 
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Novawolf101 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Foxy Emoticon Icon GIF - Five Nights at Freddy's 
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Starhorse Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Wow, great idea, and they turned out well! 
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BUGHS-22 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is so beautiful nice job!!
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Chesteromania Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good job. :> Looks great!
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HopperWulf Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
This is great!  You've made me realize how badly I need to suck it up and do studies like this...light and shading is one of my greatest weaknesses.
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Stubb0rne Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing
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Spaceie Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ahh, I could really use this! Looks great!
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Rockyplain Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AGH You're making my stuff look like crap... XD

Wonderful job, the shadows are PERFECT.
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ponzis Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks grate love the different shadows they relay make a differences.
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Jade-Hawkfrost Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
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LostbunniesofWendy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Shadow and light changes everything
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