How to Paint Shadows & Highlights | Acrylic Painting

How to Paint Shadows & Highlights | Acrylic Painting


Hi, I’m Linda. I created a company called Paint Along. Check us out at paintalongnyc.com. We have really fun painting workshops in Nashville
and New York. Now we are going to show you how to form shadows
and highlights and we have prepared a basic apple shape to work with, We’ve got our acrylic
paint in the red and it’s very flat. This paint is still very wet and workable
I want it to appear as if the light is coming from the upper left hands corner. In order to form our shadows we are going
to choose a complimentary color to red which is green and that will give us a really natural
shadow color without being dull. So what I’m going to do is load up my brush
with the green. This is a very dark green paint and I’m just
going to start on this lower section of the apple and bring it up in to the red. I’m going to let it gradually get lighter
and lighter as I come around the apple. This also gives it dimension it makes the
apple like it’s got the round cylindrical shape Making it darkest at the bottom and
as you slide it becomes lighter and lighter moving around. So I’m going to pick up my one quarter inch
flat brush. I’m going use some more of the red paint a
little higher. So I am going to make it brighter and little
bit of white makes it lighter. This will be my highlighter color. We are going to put the highlight color on
the upper left. You don’t need much it’s just going to put
a little bit on here at the end. This is sort of in a circular motion following
the shape of the apple and that’s how we do basic highlights with acrylic paint.

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