Thursday, February 3, 2011


Look for the highlight on a sphere, like the ball of the nose, on corners, like the edge of the nose, and in corners like where the side of the nose meets the cheek . On the crest of a rounded form inside the center light. On the skin where the surface changes to wet (sweat) or oily. Usually a full value lighter than the form on which it sits.

Paint the highlight in as a teardrop that flows with the action. Shaped like a comet.

It can have soft edges on skin, or hard edges on metal. 

Shifts toward the hue of the light source. The highlight is a reflection of the light source (the skin is not a perfect reflector).

It is an interest-getter.

© John Ennis 2011

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1 comment:

Laurel Alanna McBrine said...

Thank you, John for posting this invaluable information - much appreciated!