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The Highlight is not the Spotlight

The Highlight is not the Spotlight

Article by Anna Kotze

Okay, you cool arty dudes! I came across some common mistake, a presumption a lot of you artists tend to make: Take our showgirl- the egg- how many of you confuse or differentiate between, the centre light and the high light ‘of her per-form-ance’?.

Oh my, do I have to enlighten you on this? The high light is that brief moment when she connects with the light source. It is the connection, let’s call it the third eye. Being in the spot light on centre stage does encourage her to shine, fair enough, and she does show her colours in many half tones, but… the high light of her performance- is that special moment, when she connects with the light source- a very brief moment indeed!

Light and shadow does define an object: look in space and you will find only two variants- darkness and lightness. On Earth we have a more delicate situation because of the subtleties created ADDED the reflexion of light. Core shadow occurs only when reflected light comes to stage. High Light is the brightest reflection of the main light on the form and the centre light enfolds the high light in half tones or colour.

The Highlight is not the Spotlight The Highlight is not the Spotlight

I have included these two illustrations of the FAMOUS egg with the high light prominent, to illustrate my point. Whenever the high light is positioned very distinct within the centre light, the image seems to pop and comes alive. Without the distinction of a prominent high light, the egg loses its capacity to shine. And always keep in mind that she does not aim for success but for value. Value is everything!

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