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I decided to make this tutorial, as it's probably an issue that's overlooked by a lot of people. If you've picked all the colors you wanted to, and bothered with things like skin tone, and the picture still doesn't quite look the way you want it to, it's probably because of bad lighting.

EDIT:...Oh wow. That's what happens when you get a DD. Thanks though.

And for those who are wondering, yes, that's Hohenheim. Not that it even matters. I'm surprised he's that recognizable, even though I drew him without the glasses. I excluded the glasses because I just needed a simple example.
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Given 2010-09-12
Suggester's words: Oh my god. Light has always been a trouble for me, it seems so confusing and hard to put onto paper, however [Global Lighting Tutorial] by ~Angelus-Tenebrae puts it so simply and clear that even i can understand it! I have learned a lot from this short but helpful tutorial and highly recommend it to any artist, digital or not, who has trouble with painting light. ( Suggested by JackEavesArt and Featured by FantasyStock )
Turquoise-luck Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
Thank you for this tutorial, it really helped me ^^
abysskai Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Student General Artist
This is very helpful! Thanks alot for this! :) (Smile) 
Spoonerism Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers, this helped me a lot :D
arneewenn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student General Artist
It's Hohenheim. 
Makaylafashion Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just like in photography, bad lighting can ruin a picture. This really helped! 
xXLionRampantXx Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hohenheim…Light…Hohenheim of Light! Nyuknyuknyuk~ excited 
Krooked-Glasses Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
69AnimeDevil69 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Splendid tutorial thanks alot!
Yoshuya-Kiryuu Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hohenheim helping with light. Hohenheim of Light 
CharmyRaven Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips!
SirMamvri Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Umm, I have no words. Thanks man. 
PutridProphet Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
Brilliant! Thank you so very much!
Wolfess10 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I've been trying a lot of shading ones, and this helps a lot.
KevinRollins Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! I'll totally keep this mind. Hopefully.
iAmRacine Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist
how can i download this?
Ilionej Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student General Artist
You can download it just by hitting the button and saving it, but you would also need an swf player/reader. There are various of those on the internet, most for free.
Nanahuatli Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Hmmm, this really gets me thinking. I had never considered that shadowed areas need less detail. Thanks for taking the time to help us improve!
ImaginationSlave Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the step-by-step. Thanks!
scream1327 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Van Hohenhaim
syrusbLiz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You've cleared up some things I knew but just couldn't quite put to work right. Thank you!
druss908 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A real thanks for this great tutorial ^^
t3h-puppeteer Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very helpful tutorial. I tend to either use hard or soft shading so I now I know I need to work on improving my lighting/shading forms better.
dannie Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
swag. thank you.
Maaronn Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So very helpful, thanks a lot!
TwentyfootAngels Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You. Are. A. GENIUS!
LightOfTheStray Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
You, my friend, have helped unravel the mysteries behind why I'm struggling so much with realistic skin. Thanks to this I can now overcome that stumbling block! Thanks!

By the way, I approve of your example image. There's no way he'd be unrecognizable. Your way of drawing him is a more detailed version of the way Hiromu Arakawa draws him :3
thexnostalgicdreamer Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is wonderful, thank you so much!
m0n0chrome Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
This is what im looking for. ;D thank you verymuch for creating this!! :D
SEGAmastergirl Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Lightrail Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know why it's taken me this long to fav it. I look at this resource almost every time I start painting.
nudos Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great, thanks!
Tr01ka Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student General Artist
I want to save this on my PC.
JDB-Inks Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome ty!
keefsey Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
CAL4nLA Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Student Artist
Awesome! thanks for a great tutorial
79Au Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Helpful! Thank you.
KailinShadowen Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extremely helpful, thank you for making it :meow:
azzad-track Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
so, story goes: i come across this AAAAAAGES ago, back when i was fishing for tutorials, and i stumbled on yout tutorial, which was incredibly insightful, so i faved it into a collection so i could keep it for reference if i forget.
so aages later, i watch Fullmetal Alchemist: brotherhood, and think it's amazing, all the while i didn't remember that indeed, the model for the tutorial was Van Hohenheim. so a few months later, i look through my tutorials and see this again.
i think that i recognize the character in the thumbnail, so i view the page. i view the page and indeed it was hohenheim.
the realisation was awesome for me, that i want to be able to fave this again and again.
i know it seems small, but that was my highlight for the day :)
Wababex Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Thank you so much! This tutorial has been such a help to me and is almost the ONLY thing I have found on this subject in such good detail.
NeroEagles Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The Best Tutorial in the Universeeee!!!!
hadesdecharon Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Lately, I've been trying to promote my art from "adequate understanding of light sources in the loosest sense of the word" to "resembles reality." My illustration major sister tried to explain the concepts in your tutorial to me once and my brain sort of exploded. This is helping me understand better XD Thanks for helping the rest of us understand!
derangedfirebird Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, that was incredibly helpful. I hadn't really realised that the darker shadows would be on the lightest parts, but now I come to think about it, that makes alot of sense.
neofeliss Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This tutorial is incredible - and the fact that it's Hohenheim makes it even better. :D
Thanks a million!!
Ramavatarama Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I clicked on this thumb in my watch because, IT'S WAS FREAKING HOHENHEIM! ThenIi found that it was also an amazing and very useful tutorial :D

Gratz on the DD! Well deserved.
Finnguala Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
hey, how did you manage to make this thing clickable? :O
Angelus-Tenebrae Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a flash animation.
Finnguala Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
oh, I see! :nod:
DemonQueen17 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an excellent tutorial. And very useful. Will definitely put that to use.
Vekke Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Excellent! Shading is one of my weak points right now, I'm really excited to read this :D
ooosvn Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Pretty helpful!!! :iconluvluvplz: Thank you!
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