In the previous lesson, I shared how to accurately paint the lit and shadowed regions of the model's face, as well as the mid-tones in-between. These 3 regions of light, dark, and mid-tone can be seen in this first image.
(Note: If you haven't read the previous lesson yet, I recommend you read it first: Making Your Flat Portraits Look 3-D).
The image below shows my next stage… the hair, scarf, and shirt are painted with just 2 values* each–1 value for the lit side, 1 value for the shadowed side.
Two Ways to Soften an Edge
Of course, there are many ways to soften an edge, but here are the 2 main methods…
- Drag one shape into another with a clean, dry brush.
I softened her hair by dragging its shape into the background and the background into the hair.
- Paint a transitional value along an edge you wish to soften.
Look at the narrow, grayish-violet shape along the cheek between the lit and shadowed regions. The value of this shape falls in-between the lit and shadowed regions, too.
Even though I chose not to use additional strokes to soften this shape, our eye automatically "blends" the shape into the adjacent shapes, especially when viewed at a distance.
Next week, I'll share How to Avoid Chalky Or Muddy Skin-Tones.
Happy painting, everyone!
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