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Mastering Lighting and Shading

with Aveline Stokart
4.9 (447)
Watch Aveline break down lighting principles in an easy-to-understand format, with a good balance of essential theory and fun practice!
English English, French, 2 more Spanish, Italian
2+
hours
14
lessons
Beginner to Intermediate
level
Aveline Stokart

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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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English, French , 2 more
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  • Italian

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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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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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

  • 2+ hours of on-demand videos
  • 3 assignments (PDF)
  • 5 Lighting variations of the final illustration (JPGs)
  • 5 Source files to follow along (PSD + Procreate)
  • List of recommended brushes (PDF)

Requirements

  • Some previous art experience needed
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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.

0.1
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

11:58

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
Tools and Techniques for Shading
11:58
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
05:22
04

Let's Paint!

01:19:03

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. 🙂

5.1
Conclusion
01:23

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Radha R.

11 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. Wil
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l go on and explore more courses on 21 draw now.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Jenny C.

11 months ago

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Hi, i really had to stop one of the videos to make a good review of this course (thing i never do being honest), it has everything on it, is really clear, had good timing and examples, the explanation with the sources she gave is really helpfull, but also the nicest thing is the inspiring touch it
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has, im really happy with it.
I recommend it for All levels
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Hi_pample

11 months ago

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Perfect for practicing light. love it.
I recommend it for All levels
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Jane S.

11 months ago

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Lovely presenter with a colourful style, some really useful tips. The subtitles can be quite hilarious - I guess they are an automated process - I spent a while looking for the "cushion bar" until I went back and re-watched and realised it had translated "gaussian blur". Great class, highly recommen
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ded with lots of useful info.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Deb S.

11 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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Ala

11 months ago

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I liked that the course shows many useful examples, thoroughly explained.
I recommend it for All levels
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Avneet

11 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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Julie L.

11 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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Jessica

11 months ago

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I found this a truly amazing tutorial. She's so engaging and I can't believe how much I’ve learned! I've loved her work for a long time now and I wouldn't have wanted anyone else to show me about lighting and shading. This has completely changed the way I begin a digital illustration and I’m so glad
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. I also learned a heap of shortcuts I never knew about. 😂 (I think this may be a little tough for a beginner though)
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Andreea S.

11 months ago

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Aveline is amazing and she really helped me understand light in a great, fun and patient way. I do hope she makes more of these courses in the future.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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About the Instructor

Aveline Stokart
Comic artist and Character designer 1 course

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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