Do you have any tips for portraying rust effects?
Aidan Lefroy, New Zealand
Painting grotty surfaces is fun. Grime, scratches, dents, mould and, of course, rust. I’m using ArtRage for its stencils and paper textures, and I want to tackle a long-forgotten gardener drone, on a neglected rooftop garden. I’m after a dated robot design, so I Google images of old lawnmowers and paste reference images on the work space.
For the scene to work the background needs to have a similar level of finish, at least in places. Another ArtRage advantage for me is the fact that I’ve taken time to build a few custom sticker brushes (like an image hose). They enable me to quickly block in foliage and such.
Once a general level of finish is built up, and a light pattern established, it informs how detailed you need to paint your rust. First I paint the robot loosely, as though it’s grimy but only hinting at dark rust colours. Then I duplicate his paint layer and lock its transparency. I go to the drop down menu on the layer marker and open Edit Layer Texture. By picking a coarse paper and adjusting the grain, you can paint with that texture freely with a suitable chalk setting.
For any painting to work there needs to be a consistent level of finish. Painting textures on various surfaces can help in this respect. Keep their scale in mind.