CHARACTER LIGHTING FOR ARTIST
Using Color Lights Fundamentals
In this easy to follow tutorial, we look at how changing the color of lights affects the mood of a scene so that we can tell better stories.
With Fantasy or cinematic lighting we change the color of the lights to orange and blue. Doing this we create a dramatic look with contrasting colors. These colors are also common in nature combining the orange of the sun and the blue reflected from the sky. Many times this type of lighting is used for heroic or adventurous scenes.
Here we have shifted the color of the lights a little bit to red and deep blue. It creates the feel of a sunset. The color setup also nice to use for romantic scenes because of the pink that is created.
Stylized/Police Car Lighting
With this lighting setup, we keep the same colors but have cranked up the value of the lights all the way up from the romantic lighting setup. This creates a very stylized lighting and also makes it feel as though he is surrounded by police cars.
In this example, we have changed all of the lights to blue. This can be used for night scenes, it will brighten up your scene but still feel like you are not in the middle of the day. It can also be used for moody or even horror scenes too.
With this final example, we create a very unnatural eerie looking lighting. We have changed all of the lights to a green hue. Not many things in nature emit green light so this makes the viewer feel uneasy. The most common type of light that emits green light is a fluorescent light.