Opposing Lights

When lighting your figure, you need to have opposing lights. The opposing light is the light source for reflected light. Without it your pictures will not look natural. Figure 7.22 shows a figure with lighting from only one direction.

Figure 7.22 Use opposing lights to simulate reflected light.

As you can see, there are many areas of the figure that are obscured because of the single light source. Unless your figure is in outer space, there will always be at least some reflected light on it because light reflects off everything around us. To simulate the qualities of reflected light in Figure Artist, you need to set up your lighting so there is at least one light opposite of your main light. In Figure 7.23 I added an opposing light and colored it blue to better show where it strikes the figure.

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