Hello Friends! Today I wanted to share a wonderful resource that often helps me with my colored image shading and contrast:
Marianne Walker's Shadows and Shading book is great for beginners -- either papercrafters or general artists -- everyone who colors can learn something from it. This reference book helps you add shadows to give your images more dimension. The book does not teach you to draw, rather it helps you add shadows and shading to your artwork, for a more realistic look. It will help you understand different kinds of light sources and the difference between shading and cast shadows. The book teaches you how to properly color a variety of objects, from simple to complex, plus shadow color theory!
It is not Copic-specific; rather, it is filled with principles that can be used by people who love Copic markers, or people who can't imagine coloring with anything other than their colored pencils, or people who wouldn't dream of using a medium other than watercolors. Seriously, it's good stuff for everyone!
This wire-bound book comes with 4 guides printed on clear acetate to help you add shadows and shading properly on your own work. Simply place the overlay(s) on top of an image you wish to shade, highlight, or place shadows:
The book also teaches you how to break down complex images into basic shapes that can easily be colored.
Here's how I'm using the shadow guides to apply shadows underneath this skate image I'm currently working on:
I normally wouldn't start coloring an image with the shadows, but I'll be doing something a little different to the main coloring of the skates and wanted you to see how I placed the shadows. I'll be posting the finished project next week, so I hope you'll come back to visit and see it then! In the meantime, grab your copy of this fabulous Shadows and Shading book in the Imagination International store here and color along with me! I highly recommend it!