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Old 09-05-2000, 07:39 PM
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Post Help with shadows, please

Planning a mural that will occupy two walls perpendicular to each other. It's to be a Carribean beach scene. Anyone have a suggestion on how to handle the shadows?

Should they all be falling to the left?

Or would you have the shadows on one wall falling to the left and on the other wall falling to the back as if the viewer had done a 90 degree turn?

Or maybe both walls should have a graduated change in the position of the shadows until the far left of wall #2 is 90 degrees different from the far right of wall #1?

Any suggestions that would help to clarify my thinking would be appreciated. Thanks, Phyl
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Old 09-05-2000, 09:11 PM
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Phyllis...is the scene all one continuous painting? or will it involve more than one scene? I think this would give you more indication of the light source.
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Old 09-06-2000, 07:18 PM
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Well........it's hard to describe, but I'll try. One wall has a window about 6 inches from the corner and very near the ceiling, which I'm planning to incorporate as part of a house. There will be a platform below the window and stepping down from that a hottub. The ceiling is vaulted so the other wall is sloped at the ceiling but will extend down to the hottub. This wall will be beach, ocean, sky, some vegetation. The wall with window will be Bermuda style house, garden, garden wall and open gate with far distant hills, sky, etc. At the corner, tall palm trees will divide the two scenes but I want it to appear as if the ocean continues behind the house. So it should all be one scene but it's kinda up and down and around the corner.

Didja get all that?????? Or ya want me t' draw ya a picture??????
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Old 09-07-2000, 05:56 PM
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figure out where the sun is coming from. Is it coming from behind you as you look at the piece, in front of you to the left or right? after you determine where your light is coming from, it's easy to put your shadows in.

for ex. if the light is behind you as you look at the walls, then the front of the buildings etc. will be highlighted, but the backs will be in shadow...also the shadow will fall towards the back heading to the water.

one way to figure it out is to take a walk outside at the time of day you want the mural to be, and stand and see which way the shadows fall. pick a spot that has a right angle if possible and observe.

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Old 09-08-2000, 05:40 AM
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unimportant, P.......you're not creating virtual reality. no one's going to think they're actually there. there are more important issues........how do you handle all that space.....what's the design....controlling your color in large areas....do you want whimsy,,,playfulness,,,(M)

"it's alright to be judgmental,,,,,,,,if you have taste"...MILT

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