Chapter 4Light and Color

Light and color, along with gravity, are perhaps the most important physics subjects for your animation toolbox. As students of art, we spend a considerable amount of time pondering how light and color can be portrayed to communicate time of day, environment, and physical temperature, and subtler concepts like depth and mood. Our lighting and color decisions develop from these factors, not from the laws of physics.

There are plenty of real-life light and color variations to choose from to communicate a mood or location artistically. Light/color that follows the laws of physics enhances a story and keeps viewers engaged, while unrealistic setups can distract your audience and keep them from following the story. Understanding ...

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