The link is to a Korra fanart and the discussion that followed. I thought it might just be simpler if you reblogged it. I give this link instead of the original because I thought you might like the chance to respond to some of the comments.
OH LAWD, I CAME ACROSS THIS ONE.
……. THE BLEACH….
THE BLEACH IS ALL UP JUST IN THERE
AND I BET PEOPLE ARE LIKE, OMGAHH IT’S ZE LIGHTING
NO… NO… FIRE DOESN’T MELT MELANIN
- Ugh, shall take a peek at the convo…
But, what the whole CAPSLOCK CREW to take a gander at it first
THIS IS KORRA REACTION UPON FIRST SEEING THE ARTWORK AND THE PRETTY COLORS
BUT- ONE PIVOTAL COLOR IS MISSING
I FEEL YOUR PAIN KORRA
I FEEL IT
somebody i pissed off in the comments keeps sending me anons. this one made me laugh it’s so preciously obvious how much of a clue they haven’t got.
OMGAH THE ANONZ IS SO RIGHT LYKE OMGAHH IT’S THE LIGHTING LYKE OKAY- LYKE- I NOTICED.. NAOW BEAR WITH MEH… I NOTICED THAT WHEN IT’S REALLY BRIGHT OUT… OR LYKE I TURN THE LIGHT ON…
SOME PARANORMAL ACTIVITY GOES ON WITH MY MELANIN… LIKE IT FRICKEN DISAPPEARS
KSTEW AND I BECOME TWINSIES…
IT IS THE STRANGEST THING…
FIRE DOESN’T MELT MELANIN
Ok i wanna use this chance to talk about somethign really important when it comes to the depiction of light, color and shadows in a visual work. I hope this can help all the people (both artists and people who enjoy art) who are unsure how to go about this. First, some basics about light and color.
Color, unlike most people would think is not an inherent characteristic within objects, unlike concept like form or texture it depends completely on the reflection of light that hit objects around us and wich bouncing rays arrive to our eyes, and then the sensory stimuli is interpreted by the brain. . The inner workings of the eye can be summed by these stages
1. Trichromatic image capture: colour information is recorded by the responses of the L,M and S cone cells in the retina.
2. Opponent processing: responses from the L,M and S cones are converted into three signals, for brightness, yellowness vs blueness, and redness vs. greenness respectively, the latter two providing our perception of hue and saturation.
3. Processing for colour constancy: information on hue, brightness and saturation from throughout the visual field is analysed and resolved into an interpretation of the hue, brightness and saturation of the illumination, and the hue, value and chroma of the visible surfaces.
Basically our eyes only have the types of cells that can recognize only certain types of wavelenghts in a ray of light, those being Red, green and blue, the union of all of them creating white light. Of course eve nthen that doesnt mean that theyre inherently blue or red or green, or any color we can percieve, its jsut our brain adapting to interpret the stimuli of light that way. Anyway.
This type of colored light mixing is called additive, because it works by adding light.
Light rays, ill keep it short for the sake of simplicity, are made of different kind of wavelenghts as ive said, and the objects act as some sort of lets say, filters, absorbing certain wavelenghts and bouncing other ones!
Heres a silly chart
Mixin paints by this principle is mixing “filters”, its called subsractice color mixing because it takes away light.
Now taking this into account we can guess rather faithfully how light would bounce with other objects.
With this principle we can gather that red filter (red filter being an object that absorbs green and blue color and bounces red) plus red light = a really saturated boucned light, almost as strong as the source light.
But the opposite also applies- A red filter + (green light)= almost no light boumced, the object will look desaturated and dark because of it.
But as any filter ! any object can get clogged of light in that case their absorbing properties doesnt apply anymore and light just bounces off makign the oject look “light” or with a color near in hue and lightness to the source light. Depending on the kind of object’s reflective surface, this can be achieved with less or more brightness of the source of light. For example, try seeing people as they are under the light sun, their hair will turn really light and yellowlike because of the high reflective qualities of it, as we said thats because theres so much light and its so bright that it “clogs” the filters and the light just bounces pure. The same can happen with skin with the right quantity of light and the right hue, thats why in cloudy days all seems washed out and desaturated, and in sunny days everythign just JUMPS with color!.
To finish this, ill jsut put a real life example.
No, no friends, dont be scared, my cheek is not turning white! Its just the magic of color happening!
The light source is a yellow light, and with my brown redish skin as weve said, should make it look orange and saturated and for some parts of my face IT DOES! but look at the part directly facing the light, takign the brow of it! it looks almost white!. At this distance and with this much light, my skin is reflecting much more rays from the source, making my skin look clear, almost white/yellow.
Heres some other examples!
Here my hair is taking the brow of light, and therefore reflects most of the light shot at it, giving it a yellow almost white look, similar to the source. My face, takin the yellow light that bounces from the table im on upwards to my face takes an orange look because my skin doesnt oversaturates on light.
So basically, you have to take matters when depciting a scene
1.- What kind of light source im going for, is it a stron like or a dim one, what color is it and where is it placed?
2.-.The object who id under this light what kind of light it reflects? would it be accentuated by the light or not? What kind of surface it has? is it rugged? shiny? slick?
3.- Learn where to place your highlights, highlights are always the color of the source light! and only appear under certain conditions, itheyre the spice of the picture and if you go overboard or too subtle on them can make the piece lose a lot of strenght.
Anyway, i hope this has been of help to people still trying to figure out how color works, if you think this is too shallow, yo ucan always look at this!
It gives am uch more in dept explanation about the nuances of light, shadow and color than i could ever give.