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Mastering Lighting and Shading

with Aveline Stokart
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Watch Aveline break down lighting principles in an easy-to-understand format, with a good balance of essential theory and fun practice!
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Aveline is character designer and comic book artist living in Belgium. She currently works as a freelancer for various clients in the field of publishing and animation.

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Description

Light plays a major role in enhancing images, drawing the viewer in to another world, another time and another place.

When starting out, Aveline was fascinated by how artists that she admired used light so effectively, creating stunning artwork. However, trying to figure it out on her own was a long, slow process, having to scour the internet and dig through books. But, good news!—you don’t have to go through all that. Aveline breaks down all the essential principles of light right here and teaches you hands-on techniques to implement them into your digital illustrations. 

In this course, she will guide you step by step in creating the same illustration four times—each time using a different kind of lighting. Intrigued? Well, that’s just the summary! 

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What you’ll learn

  • Learn how to study light, shadow and colors from photo references
  • How to create various cool lighting effects digitally
  • Understand how reflection on different objects works
  • How to manipulate lighting effects with different blend modes in Procreate
  • Color attributes and how to create meaning with colors
  • Master shading techniques and the use of Procreate tools
  • Create the same image in day light, sunset, overcast setting and in a magical atmosphere
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Who is this course for

  • Intermediate artists who would like to deepen their understanding and learn new techniques
  • Beginner artists who want to discover how light works and apply that knowledge in their illustrations
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This course includes

  • French and English subtitles
  • 2+ hours of on-demand video lessons
  • 3 Assignments (PDFs)
  • 5 Lighting variations of the final illustration (JPGs)
  • 5 Source files to follow along (PSD + Procreate)
  • Additional images of color & lighting examples

Lesson Plan

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00

Introduction

06:53

Get to know your teacher, Aveline, in this video as she talks a bit about herself and her personal journey with art.

She’ll also give you a short summary of all the cool things you’ll learn in this course. 


0.1
About Aveline
04:55

Get to know your teacher, Aveline, in this video as she talks a bit about herself and her personal journey with art.

0.2
About the Course
02:05

In this video you will get a short summary of all the cool things you’ll learn in this course. 

01

How to Study Light

16:12

The first step to painting light digitally is to observe how it works in real life.

In this lesson, Aveline takes you through several examples of cool movie stills, breaking the light dynamics in each one and explaining the principles of how it all works. She discusses ambient and basic color, diffuse and direct light sources and reflections on various materials.


1.1
How to Study Lighting from a Photo Reference
16:12

Watch how Aveline breaks down and analyzes several movie stills and other pictures in terms of lighting and shading, as well as explains the theoretical concepts like: Diffused light, Direct light and more.

02

Tools and Techniques

11:59

Discover all the technical details of Aveline’s illustration process, such as what brushes and shading techniques she uses and exactly how blend modes work and why they are so useful. 

You’ll be able to paint faster and enjoy it even more with the help of these nifty tools. 


2.1
Brushes
01:16
2.2
Shading Techniques
03:44
2.3
Blending Modes
05:00
2.4
One Last Thing...
01:58
03

Using Color and Light to Tell a Story

05:23

For Aveline, color and light are inseparable—a language that contains as many messages as its various shades. You can tell so much about a character and overall mood from these two elements.

In this lesson, Aveline demonstrates this with examples, discussing the meaning of color and how to make good color choices in your artwork.


3.1
Using Color and Light to Tell a Story
01:22
3.2
Color Theory & Color Choices
03:31
3.3
Final Words on Choosing Color
00:30
04

Let's Paint!

Practice time! Aveline will walk you through creating the same image in four unique lighting scenarios including daytime, nighttime, overcast sky and a magical setting, resulting in four completely different effects.

You can follow along using the available exercise files in PSD/Procreate formats. 


 

4.1
Warm Up
14:03
4.2
Different Light Scenarios
01:43
4.3
Assignments
01:46
4.4
Adding Basic Color to our Illustration
17:41
4.5
Exterior Scene - Sunny Day
13:00
4.6
Exterior Scene - Magic Night Light
09:43
4.7
Interior Scene - Overcast Day
11:06
4.8
Interior Scene - Sunset Light
08:50
05

Conclusion

01:23

Congrats on completing this course! Bid farewell to Aveline in this video and find out where you can share the artwork you created with her and other students. 🙂

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Jack
1 month ago
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Great course, informative and shows how lighting can change the mood of the very same drawing. Only issue would be sometimes the audio jumps from quiet to loud between episodes but it’s not a big deal. Highly recommend

I recommend it for All levels.
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Tommi
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Just great. I learned so much and it’s easy to follow the instruction. Thanks a lot!

I recommend it for All levels.
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Deb Stanley
4 months ago
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Excellent course, Aveline shows how to create lighting and shadows then gives examples of how to alter them to create different moods. Easy to follow this course helps give artwork a magic touch.

I recommend it for All levels.
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hi_pample
4 months ago
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Perfect for practicing light. love it.

I recommend it for All levels.
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Julie L
4 months ago
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This course is really complete! It made me realise the details to analyse when I’m drawing a scene! Aveline is an amazing teacher!

I recommend it for Intermediate.
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Radha Rajan
4 months ago
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I took the 21 draw Masterclass annual membership just for this course. I’ve taken a few other online courses on light and rendering before but I found Aveline’s instruction to be quick, to the point, simple, and her style is not boring or repetitive. Also her art is just a pure delight to watch. Will go on and explore more courses on 21 draw now.

I recommend it for Intermediate.
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avneet
4 months ago
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Excellent Awesome must watch the videos to learn lighting cool effects. I really like her tutorials. I want many more tips and tech from AVELINE STOKART. Just to say great!

I recommend it for Advanced.
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Suraj Roy
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Loved the process. Right to the point.

I recommend it for Intermediate.
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Inge
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Loved this tutorial! for me it ticked all the boxes, clear step by step process with helpful & engaging examples in the beginning, followed by a set of really inspiring examples at the end. Yes it does assume you have some knowledge of the digital software you’re using, but even that is talked through in a way that I think is helpful for those who aren’t as familiar but don’t feel dragged for those who do. Aveline is a super talented illustrator and clearly a very natural, engaging teacher too.

I recommend it for All levels.
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Mike Logsdon
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This course was outstanding. I am an accomplished illustrator, but this course helped bump my lighting and shading up to the next level.

I recommend it for Advanced.
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Aveline is a visual development artist and comic book artist living in Belgium.She currently works as a freelance concept artist/character designer for various clients in the field of publishing, animation and video games. Her clients include Simon and Schuster and Skydance Media.

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