Originally Posted by readyornot
Thanks for the comments, they are all very helpful. Lon Reams, Ive always tended to be light when painting shadows. I would make them dark and then go back and lighten them thinking they are too dark. Probably because my lights are too light!
Ellis, thats a great way to show the difference between the reference and painting! I kind of knew the boy on the right was bigger, i had a problem when i enlarged the ref photo. I had to do it in two parts to get the whole photo sized up.
I understand about the whites of the eyes, there to i had them darker and then went back and lightened them.
I will take all your comments and deepen shadows and resize the right side boy, arm and table and repost. Thank you all for your help!
You are welcome!
I find that really dark shadows against very bright highlights adds allot to the realism of a painting.
Here is an example of it in a close-up of a piece I finished a couple weeks ago. (Of a wolf)
In nature and photography, shading runs into the extreme in both directions, except in soft foggy environments or when seeing things that are far away, and learning to allow yourself to go very dark where needed and bright where needed is a good lesson to learn.
The only rules I put on this are, I never paint something in a landscape pure black, because that is rarely found in nature. Most all things have ambient light upon their surface.
And I only ever use pure white on the very brightest of highlights, because although pure bright white light is often found in nature, once you use it, nothing in your painting can be any brighter.
I hope this helps in your future work!