How to Paint Shadows & Highlights | Acrylic Painting

How to Paint Shadows & Highlights | Acrylic Painting

Hi, I’m Linda. I created a company called Paint Along. Check us out at We have really fun painting workshops in Nashville
and New York. Now we are going to show you how to form shadows
and highlights and we have prepared a basic apple shape to work with, We’ve got our acrylic
paint in the red and it’s very flat. This paint is still very wet and workable
I want it to appear as if the light is coming from the upper left hands corner. In order to form our shadows we are going
to choose a complimentary color to red which is green and that will give us a really natural
shadow color without being dull. So what I’m going to do is load up my brush
with the green. This is a very dark green paint and I’m just
going to start on this lower section of the apple and bring it up in to the red. I’m going to let it gradually get lighter
and lighter as I come around the apple. This also gives it dimension it makes the
apple like it’s got the round cylindrical shape Making it darkest at the bottom and
as you slide it becomes lighter and lighter moving around. So I’m going to pick up my one quarter inch
flat brush. I’m going use some more of the red paint a
little higher. So I am going to make it brighter and little
bit of white makes it lighter. This will be my highlighter color. We are going to put the highlight color on
the upper left. You don’t need much it’s just going to put
a little bit on here at the end. This is sort of in a circular motion following
the shape of the apple and that’s how we do basic highlights with acrylic paint.

27 thoughts on “How to Paint Shadows & Highlights | Acrylic Painting

  1. i cant get over how bad this apple is… an art major and im pretty disgusted by the shit she just produced…i know its a tutorial..but come onn… you can do better im sure

  2. As an art major, you should know that there are different layers for a painting. This is the first basic layer, I thought that was self-explanatory.

  3. There is no need to be so mean in your comments. Constructive criticism is fine, but so many of you are just hateful, yet inarticulate. If you don't like the video, don't watch any more in the series. Those of you knowledgeable enough to know about the layers of a painting should also know enough to realize one can only impart a limited amount of information in a less than 3 minute video. This video was successful in conveying the intended information. It was not meant to be comprehensive in teaching every aspect of how to paint a 3 dimensional object.

  4. Someone forgot how to use marketing… this is supposed to make use want to go buy your tutorials, right? So… why give a crappy lesson as a taste? Someone needs to fire their marketing manager because this was not effective.

  5. This was a “basic” example. If you all don’t understand what a “basic” example is; fundamental, then you all are the ones who need to be taking fundamental English lessons, NOT art tutorials. Shame on you all.

  6. Shadows aren't actually darkest at the bottom edge furthest away from the light. Just a heads up. You can check this fact in photographs, the darkest patch is actually a bit away from that edge, and the rim is lighter. There are physics reasons for this, but for the purposes of learning what shaded objects look like you don't always need to know the specific science behind why light and shadow behave as they do; you only need to know how they behave so that you can portray it to your satisfaction.

  7. This is going to change my paintings forever. I've always struggled with highlighting and shadows. I would use grey, black and white and wonder why it would look so bad. Thank you so much! I have a huge project I'm making for my husband for V-day and I was afraid to ruin in when it got to the shades and highlights.

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