12 Show ma­te­rial va­ri­ety

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Con­sider con­trast­ing ma­te­ri­als such as fab­ric with hard sur­faces. Use pho­tos to eas­ily sell the il­lu­sion of dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als. This adds va­ri­ety and be­liev­abil­ity to the piece. Think about shiny and matte sur­faces. What kind of pat­tern does the fab­ric have? Is the fab­ric stretchy or is it a hard, rigid ma­te­rial? Think­ing about the mech’s pur­pose can help de­ter­mine what type of ma­te­ri­als should be used. A mil­i­tary mech may need a more ar­moured sur­face to pro­tect it­self, while a mech that’s re­quired to be more ag­ile may need flex­i­ble fab­rics for eas­ier ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity.

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