12 Things Many Artists Never See

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The greatest gift of learning how to paint: I can see things now that I didn’t see before. 

Cultivating sensitivity is enriching for anybody. For artists, it is vital. The more you perceive, the more you can play with and the more you can bring to bear in your expression. This refinement happens naturally as we develop skill. Just like a musician will gradually begin to notice more subtle sounds, a painter becomes more attuned to the nuances in shapes and colors.

This heightened awareness might be the most meaningful reward in the pursuit of mastery. Not only does it travel with you wherever you go, but once you know what subtle perception feels like in one area of your life, you can translate this sensitivity to other areas. 

One way of expanding your visual sensitivity is getting to know the Modeling Factors.

Modeling Factors

Modeling Factors describe the interactions between light and form. You can also think of them as a checklist for realism in your artwork. Below are a series of lessons from my Shading Course. Let’s start with the four basic modeling factors that separate light and shadow.

Now let’s take a look at the advanced modeling factors:

All these videos are part of the Shading Course, an online drawing course about realistic light and shadow. You can learn more at www.theshadingcourse.com.

9 thoughts on “12 Things Many Artists Never See”

  1. Daniel Burke
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    Excellent! Thanks!!!

  2. Tim Dosé
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    This was a great video, but it seems to be missing! I hope it will be coming back.

    • Dorian
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      Fixed! Thanks 🙂

  3. Richard
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    Video no longer available it seems.

  4. Avi
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    Excellent explanation!
    I learned a few things I wasn’t aware of.
    I liked the logic and methodology.

  5. Elaine Henderson
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    Excellent. Despite going to art school, I never learnt these terms!
    Thank you.

  6. Nia
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    So so so super useful! Thanks a lot for this super informative and simple explanation 🙂

  7. peyvand
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    So useful, thank you so much

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