How can I improve my lighting/shadow illustration skills

I was curious to know if there are any resources, books, blogs that focus on perfecting object shadowing and lighting with Photoshop and/or Illustrator? I have and know how to do basic shadowing and lighting but it is an area I know I need to improve and I would like to know some resources I can review or hopefully learn from. Studies are welcome, too.


I feel that lighting/shadow really do make up the most of an illustration – anyone can draw a square in Photoshop, so I found out two things that were very good towards improving my skills:

  1. Working on pen & paper drawing of real objects. Going black and white simplifies the task and lets you focus on how shadows and highlights are generated. Get this right and computer illustration will be a lot simpler.

  2. Checking out some video tutorials or “how-it’s-made” from talented illustrators, to see how they work and try to steal some secrets from them (this helps the technical side of it). Have a look at this guy here:

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