This video explains how lighting works in art, focusing on shadows and breaking down the specific visual qualities.

Knowing how shadows work, and understanding the difference between cast shadows and form shadows are important skills for all artists in order to create a broad range of visual effects in many art forms.

Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch and Alex Rowe.

Clara Lieu

Video Walkthrough

  • Why does lighting matter for artists?
  • Lighting sets the mood
  • Low light
  • Form shadows
  • Cast shadows
  • Shadow core
  • Hard vs Soft edges in shadows
  • Direction of the light
  • Single light source
  • Multiple light source
  • Overlapping shadows