Frontal lighting and shadow

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.

frontal lighting tutorial

frontal lighting tutorial

The elf concept art, below, has key light shining from slightly straight on above, leaving very low contrast for shadow.

frontal lighting art work sample

frontal lighting art work sample

Watch the video explain frontal, three quarter, and edge lighting.

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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