Front and Rim Lighting

Many artists like to light their scenes with the light coming from behind the artist and to the side so they can show most of the light, but also some of the shadow areas. This type of lighting best defines the form of the objects in their drawings. Lighting from the front or the back of the object tends to flatten the form of the object, as shown here. However, sometimes these types of lighting effects can add drama to a drawing, especially in the case of rim lighting, as shown in Figure 7.18.

Front lighting Rim lighting

Front lighting Rim lighting

Figure 7.18 Front and rim lighting tend to flatten objects.

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