Schoolism: Advanced Lighting with Sam Nielson

  • A course covering the way light reacts on several surfaces. I would highly recommend you check out both Sam Nielson's work and all of the classes schoolism has to offer. I can not describe how beneficial this course has been to my painting and thought process behind an image. If you are not familiar with Schoolism, it is an online school with classes being taught by working professionals. Each course consists of nine lessons that are made available to watch every week once you are enrolled in a class. There is a week given to finish the assignment. Once submitted, the teacher will screen record his/her critique, which is typically anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes of highly detailed information where you can watch your teacher paint right on top of your original image explaining what was successful and what needs improvement.
    Each assignment was given in a vector or line form, unless specifically described differently.
  • Lesson 1 - Properties of Light and Advanced Lambertian Reflection.
  • Lesson 2 - Light and Surface Color 
    We were given an image with a very basic color guideline to indicate what color the shapes would be.
  • Lesson 3 - Specular Reflectance and Painting the Unseen
    The background was given.
  • Lesson 4 - Translucent Properties
    We were given an image with a very basic color guideline to indicate what color the shapes would be. I also used the above background to save time for the objects.
  • Lesson 5 - Hair and Fur
  • Lesson 6 - Skin
  • Lesson 7 - Light in Atmosphere (I did my own design. This image will be in a different project in the near future)
    Lesson 8 - Water 
    We were asked to paint water into an existing scene. I added moss and a few bits of foliage.
  • Lesson 9 - Light and Human Experience
    This lesson I found to be the most interesting and helpful. Sam explains different ways to evoke emotion in a viewer by changing the "experience" the individual interprets from a specific scene. That is not exactly how he puts it, however its relatively similar and I really enjoy thinking of it in this way.
  • I hope you enjoy! Feel free to leave comments or ask any questions if you are interested in Schoolism or this class specifically.