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Using Light and Shadow

Plain Background

1. Sometimes light and shadow can be used to really enhance your pictures and bring them to life.

Take the scene on the left, for example.

One way to begin might be to paint in the foreground and background as I've done here.

Notice that I've made the foreground slightly lighter than the background to make the central characters stand out.

Light Shining Through Mousehole

2. We might be able to create a much more dramatic picture, though, by making a feature of the light coming into the mouse's hole from the hallway.

As you can see here, the scene is brought to life simply by emphasizing the light coming into the mouse's hole and, I think you'll agree, it makes for a much more dramatic picture.

I used two shades of yellow to give some contrast between the light in the foreground and the background. I also colored in the suitcase on the left with magenta to help set the scene for the rest of the picture.

Picture Completed

3. It's now time fill out the main characters in your picture...

Border Added

4. Finally, choose a border and your picture is finished!.