Hello there,

I am currently a year 3 student on a computer game arts course hoping to one day be a concept artist. One thing which is really letting down my art, and not allowing my paintings to be as solid as they could be are my values when painting.

Simply, in your experience, what was the way you really came to understand light and shade? Was it simply through looking at how light affects a cube, cylinder, cone etc memorising the lighting patterns in your head and apply those patterns to other forms? Was it through still life drawings using objects from around the house?

Any input you have on this subject would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you