Uplighting In Art And Illustration

Uplighting In Art And Illustration

Uplighting is when the main light source in a work of art is coming from below the subject. This lighting almost always lends a creepy or outright scary vibe. If you’ve ever shone a torch under your chin while on camp you’ll be well-aware of how different you look. Few (if any?) people are rendered more beautiful with this lighting and this is entirely the point.

Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848-1936) ‘Angel with Flaming Sword’ – Century Illustrated 1893
Ksenia Kareva - Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Ksenia Kareva – Tales of the Brothers Grimm
The Old Dark House, poster illustration by Karoly Groze
Mystery Nurse Diana Douglas
GLOW OF LIGHT by Sawlaram Lakshman Haldankar (1882–1968). Image from Dharmyug Magazine 1956
Norman Rockwell for Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1935
Norman Rockwell for Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1935
Hocus Pocus illustrated by Gris Grimly
Hocus Pocus illustrated by Gris Grimly
Zofia Stryjenska (1891-1976, Poland), Candle Girl, cardboard, gouache
WILLIAM GROPPER (1897-1977) Torch Singer 1936
Adventure Magazine 'Man of the North (June 15, 1929) cover illustration by William M. Reusswig
Adventure Magazine ‘Man of the North (June 15, 1929) cover illustration by William M. Reusswig
Municipal Journal Magazine November 14 1912 (a Seattle magazine about Construction Machinery) cover art
Municipal Journal Magazine November 14 1912 (a Seattle magazine about Construction Machinery) cover art
American Boy Vintage Magazine July 1936 cover art by M. de V. Lee
American Boy Vintage Magazine July 1936 cover art by M. de V. Lee
Rolf Armstrong, Nita Naldi, Screenland magazine, Sept. 1924
Rolf Armstrong, Nita Naldi, Screenland magazine, Sept. 1924
John Butler Yeats (Irish,1839-1922) - A Haunted Chamber candle night
John Butler Yeats (Irish,1839-1922) – A Haunted Chamber candle night
An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) by Joseph Wright of Derby (England, 1734–1797)
An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) by Joseph Wright of Derby (England, 1734–1797)
Edmund F. Ward
Edmund F. Ward