De­sign and paint a rust­ing ro­bot

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I block in base colours un­der the sketch and lay rough shadow ar­eas out on a Mul­ti­ply layer over those. I find it use­ful to sep­a­rate colour blocks, such as the planters on their own lay­ers over the base colour layer. It makes it eas­ier to ap­ply tex­tures to them later on, by just lock­ing their trans­parency when needed. I work up the back­ground and ro­bot to­gether to help en­sure the scene works as a whole once it’s fin­ished. Be­cause I’m bas­ing the ro­bot de­sign on old lawn­mow­ers, I use the Chalk tool to lay down a green-brown base on his cas­ing, and build form and early high­lights us­ing a shadow layer for the ro­bot. I lay down a ba­sic rust pat­tern on him us­ing the Lock Trans­parency process de­scribed on page 33. When the scene and light­ing are es­tab­lished, I add an­other layer to pick out high­lights and boost rust tex­tures where the light catches it. I re­mem­ber to keep colours suited to the scene as a whole. July 2016

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