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the point of this picture is to show the warm highlights/cool lowlights technique.

it can be vice versa, but you dont ever want warm highlights and warm lowlights or cool highlights and cool lowlights. it works best with a contrast between the two, although there are exceptions.

this is a more extreme saturated case than is needed, mind you.

say a beginning painter is trying to render something red. their first instinct is just use a saturated deep blood red and shade up to a bright saturated firetruck red. they dont take into account the cool highlights technique, or they wont even use a bouncelight at all, like the blue one here.

most of the time i use a much more desaturated (less pure) blue for such a task.
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ENDZYM3 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this purely for reference, or am I allowed to create a derivative?
Because I'd really like to.
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ToolKitten Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
you can use it for whatever you like :)
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ENDZYM3 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. :D
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satis-faction Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   Digital Artist
hi, used your stock here: [link]
thanks (:
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EvynC Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
It is very pretty
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AenTheArtist Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great tip, with a great reference along with it.

I'm with a lot of beginning colorists that mixing warms and cools can be intimidating. This will help a lot in the mastering of such technique.

Thank you :)
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DJSmith Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
for some reason i'm getting weirded out. like...tons of little...antlers, or fingers and stuff reaching out of the water trying to grab stuff just skimming along the top of it or something.
still pretty...but in a freaking me out because i'm slightly off kind of way. :P
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artstrider Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Wow! See this is why I read the artist comments. Tidbits like these... Thank you very much. I have been struggling with my 3D model Lighting and I think this will help me alot! Thank you!
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ToolKitten Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
hope it does, you're welcome!
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artstrider Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Well, if you were hoping that your pictures helped somebody, rest assured that it has. Thank you again for sharing your insights.
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Bowlofsoop Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
take me on ur trips!
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surthur Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I am totally for the teacheridea . yummy XD
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RayArtz Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Ever thought of being a teacher? ;)

If you look closely, this cloral looks like a twisted tentacle monster with its mouth open about to gobble up something.


(oh if I could just see your facial expression after reading that)

Glad you keep sharing these, they are neat to gaze upon.
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ToolKitten Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
i haven't actually ;)
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MelyssaThePunkRocker Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So pretty.
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WendyLynn Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bouncelight? Is that like a second light point vs your highlights? I admit I'm guilty of the warm/warm and cool/cool technique. I'm too afraid to mix the colors...
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ToolKitten Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
well, when you add in a bouncelight you shouldn't blend it with your highlights but instead keep a dark shadowy area between them.

like in this pic, the main light is where the reds are, and the bouncelight is all that blue on the coral, a light bouncing and refracting from the blue water. there is no blue lightbulb in that tank ;)
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WendyLynn Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AH SO. Gotcha. Thanks!
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annoyinglizardvoice Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
This whole ocean stock series has been really cool.
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Silent-nona-light Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
cool tips^^
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