We also need a method to determine the light direction in our reference photo. Let’s look at several photographs and determine the light source.
1. Egret from pmp-art.com by Aschi
This photograph has beautiful interesting light.
2. Where is the Light?
Find the spots in the painting with the most light. See if you can figure out where the light source is that is causing these lightest places. (orange lines). You can draw on a copy of the photo.
3. Look at the Shadows
Next look at the shadows from the darkest to the lightest. If there is a single source of light the shadows will be opposite the lightest places. Find the darkest shadows.
In this photograph the light is from the right and below the feathers that are raised. There is a bit of backlighting for the forward upper feathers creating a very excitingly lit photograph.
If the photograph has changed the lighting to come from multiple directions you’ll find that out and then decide if that is the photo that you want to paint.
4. A Time for A Run by Susan 19 at pmp-art.com
Look at the light and shadows
5. These Shoes by Freda Austin Nichols pmp-art.com
6. On Stage by Ian Worrell at pmp-art.com
7. Leopard by Linda Williason at pmp-art.com