Lighting can be a powerful visual tool in art! This video gets down to the nuts and bolts of how lighting works in an artwork, focusing on the specifics of different types of highlights and the various ranges of visual effects they create. Examples from art history and contemporary art show how artists can apply their knowledge of highlights, both as a visual element and as a tool for narrative storytelling. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Cat Huang and Alex Rowe.

Video Walkthrough

  • Why are highlights important?
  • Identifying highlights
  • Soft vs. Harsh highlights
  • Light on different surface types
  • Lighting can tell a story
  • Lighting creates a mood

Films & Books mentioned

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