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Old 09-16-2008, 08:13 PM
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Street scene: help with shadows and more!

Hi everyone, I'm hoping you can help me with this painting. I'm attaching a few photos. I'm from a town that is slowly being taken over by new development, taking away our small town charm. With a little imagination I decided to paint places side by side that "Conchs" (native Key West people) held dear until they bull-dozed them down. Because these places were never right next to each other, I'm finding it a little difficult to place shadows and light in their proper place to give it a sense of realism. I'm also having a problem with making the street look more realistic; maybe the street color is off?. Should I add shrubbery on the side of the street closest to give the scene more depth? Depth definitely seems to be lacking since all the buildings are from a frontal view. Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!!!!!
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Old 09-17-2008, 01:07 AM
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Re: Street scene: help with shadows and more!

I'm sure there are people here that would love to help you but unfortunately I don't see any attached images.

Here's a guide to uploading images to WetCanvas:
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Re: Street scene: help with shadows and more!

Yep, no images for me either. I will check back with you
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Re: Street scene: help with shadows and more!

Light and shadows follow the rules of perspective like everything else.
The image below sums it up pretty well:

There is a fairly comprehensive article about light and shadow perspective here:
http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/pers...ml#nineshadows
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Re: Street scene: help with shadows and more!

After I posted I realized I forgot to attach the images so I "replied" to myself and sent them then. Did they not come through? Let me know. If not I'll resend again. I really need some help - thank you so much!!
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:28 AM
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Re: Street scene: help with shadows and more!

Let me know if these images show up. Still learning!
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:33 AM
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Re: Street scene: help with shadows and more!

Help - I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I'm following directions on how to insert an image but I'm not seeing it!
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:47 AM
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Re: Street scene: help with shadows and more!

I hope this works this time so you guys can help me with this painting. I really need and appreciate your help!!

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Here's the entire street scene.
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Re: Street scene: help with shadows and more!

Hi. It looks like you are doing this in more of a folk art style. Buildings seen head on like this are fairly difficult to shade due to the fact that they are flat for the most part. To shade, you would figure out what time it was and then from there how bright the sun was as well. I see some shadows already under the bike, the tree and so on. I would just suggest studying the natural behavior of shadows. Many people can actually tell time and direction from the shadows, it is a good skill to have.

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Old 09-17-2008, 01:35 PM
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Re: Street scene: help with shadows and more!

Thank you so much for your reply. I didn't mean for it to look like an overcast day. Do you have suggestions for making it look like a sunny day? What about depth perception? Do you think bushes or grass blades on the side of the street closest to the viewer would give it more depth? If not, any suggestions on what to do about that? Again, THANK YOU!! (yes, it's somewhat "folk art" which is a style I never meant to have, but all my paintings come out having this style.)
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