By Aaron Blaise

In this tutorial, artist Aaron Blaise takes a simple color image and adds shadows and highlights. This stage is essential for giving your painting a realistic quality.

Aaron shows you how to:

  • define form through shadow and highlights
  • add shadows using a Multiply layer which will interact with the layers underneath to make everything darker, rather than painting over pre-existing colors
  • define details like muscles using highlights and shadow
  • use an Overlay layer to add highlights

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