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    Question Paintings lit from the viewpoint

    'Evening everyone.

    Sorry to make a whole thread dedicated to this, but I've been googling around and can't find anything that matches what I'm looking for.

    I'm working on a painting where the subject is lit from the viewpoint, for example by a flashlight or a camera flash (Preferrably a flashlight). This is going to be the only light source, as I'm going for a bit of a spooky feeling. So I'm looking for references. Yes, I know I can look at photographs for reference as well, but I would really like to see how other artists have tackled this. It just feels really hard to convey form with only one hard light source from the front.

    I reckon the reason they're so hard to come across is that frontally lit paintings are often frowned upon in favor of more dynamic lighting.

    So any creepy camera flash/flashlight paintings? Lets have em!

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    Absolutely stunning. Thanks alot!

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    Also check the caricature work of Jason Seiler and Sebastian Kruger. You’ll find a few pieces that should fit the bill.

    http://thedesigninspiration.com/wp-c...Seiler-003.jpg

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8bJcAtMqY3.../p_morgan5.jpg

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    Manet comes to mind, somewhat... It's not exactly a "flash" effect, but he does tend to use a very flat, snapshot-like, undramatic light...

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    I always loved the way Rusty handles this. Frontal lighting is one of his favourites, although he often adds a secondary source or rimlight to help things pop a little more. I suggest looking through his whole sketchbook (it's in the Exclusive Sketchbooks section though, so make sure you're signed in):
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...ust-2012/page8

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