Wondering if anyone can help. I've been painting digitally for a while now, but still learning. And was trying to show a friend some stuff, but got stuck on this question.
Often i paint desaturated shadows and more saturated highlights and i've found a lot of digital paintings use this. But why? Or even am i wrong?
In terms of realistic painting theory, are highlights always more saturated that the shadows or can you have desaturated highlights and saturated shadows?
I assume the saturation comes because the saturation of the lights colour adds on to the saturation of the local colour of the object. And also what happens if the colour of the light is the compliment of the local colour of the object its illuminating, does that cancel out the saturation?
Sorry saturation confuses me, what do you guys do for it? Any rules of thumb or anyone know of any good articles that explain this?
Thanks very much