Frontal light and shadow in artwork. Frontal light is one of the three types of lighting that are most used in painting, illustration and conceptual artwork. Frontal lighting happens when you are sketching someone with your back to the light source.
Light that shines directly toward a model from the viewer’s perspective is called frontal lighting. The light can be hard and direct, like a flashbulb, or soft and diffuse, like a north window. In either case, very little of the shadow is visible.
The elf concept art, below, has key light shining from slightly straight on above, leaving very low contrast for shadow.
Watch the video explain frontal, three quarter, and edge lighting.
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