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Bounce light or Under lighting tutorial

Bounce light or Under lighting tutorial from experiment and painting around.

I thought I finished the "Agent Pink" (Anime girl) since the last post, but I could not help looking back at the piece I did prior to this "Rogue Sword" aka Samurai girl here Digital painting process character. Then I thought how would I make it at least up to the par or could it possibly be better in term of artistic execution.
So I had to repaint the "Agent Pink" and it take me a while to figure out how to turn this one in to something that is NOT realistic looking but a good looking piece.
So I start playing around and give it under lighting or bounce light, changing the background color, then everything sort of comes together in the end. Then I really like how the bounce light I painted turn out, especially on her green form fitting suit. Then I struggle with the face so I thought I changed her expression and it works! It takes a lot of experimenting, thinking and time. You can go watch video and step by step process draw and color Anime girl step by step on the previous post.

Hope you guys also like the latest version of "Agent Pink" (Well, I thought I would just give it a new name)

Bounce light by definition
Light bounced into a reflective surface (a wall, a ceiling, a studio umbrella, a card) to illuminate a subject with softer light, reducing harsh shadows. The color of the reflective surface will determine the color of the light bounced into the subject.
Bounce lighting can also be created by reflecting light off a ceiling or an reflective floor. Given that bounce lighting can only work through reflection, it also, by definition, tends to be used in more confined, smaller areas where such reflection is possible. Larger areas can’t trap light as well and, therefore, are not the best spaces for it to be utilized.

Bounce lighting is a form of ambient light because, like ambient light, bounce light indirectly illuminates the central object. Not only does it create a more natural feel to a scene, but it also lends a degree of warmth and serenity to the picture.

Here is the one with the bounce light: "Agent Pink"
anime girl, hitman, bounce light
Here is a bigger version of "Agent Pink"

Here is the previous (without the bounce light)
anime girl

Thank you all you guys for the comment and support. :)
And Chris, Luca, Knuckles, Pokepetter, and you know who you are for being helpful to everyone around the blog. Thanks a whole lot!!!


dahaca6022 said…
You took a long way with this piece and you came through!Congratulations!
"But she looks a bit old in the face." -this is my friend's comment.He is a superb critic but I cant make him join this community.He will help us all.Any ideas?
Chris said…
Personally I don't think she looks old in the face, but perhaps your friend thinks that because more definition has been added under the eyes and she's got a bit more rosey on the face.

She blends into the scene much better, but that is what you'd expect to happen when making her more realistic! I think the guns fit this style better too. With the rogue samurai and now this I'm loving this style.
Luca said…
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Luca said…
Xia that underlighting on her breast armour is really cool. Congratz brother :)
Knuckles930 said…
Well, I finally found a place where
the internet is fair and not to
expensive. Still keeping tack isn't
to easy. I might be able to post a
few drawings I made op paper. Not to
much though since there keeping me
busy here.
idrawgirls said…
Generic Viagra> I don't know if you really read what I post, but this is not really a graphic design blog. It's more concept art stuff, and you post on this blog a lot, I saw every single one of them, and supposedly you should now know that on the right side columns of the blog I wrote "Photoshop and Gimp". Good luck