Our eyes instinctively seek out areas of contrast, no matter what we’re looking at—so it makes sense to add patterns high-intensity contrast to our artwork as well.
In the video below, George James demonstrates one method for creating a pattern of light and dark in a painting. And as you’ll see in just a moment, it really doesn’t matter how the light is actually hitting the figure. . . this technique is all about creating a pattern of visual interest for the viewer. Take a look: