Artist Q&A

Rosie Ball, Eng­land

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Contents -

Tips from pro artists on how to ac­cu­rately paint curved glass, dra­matic light­ing and more.

An­swer Mélanie replies

Space­suit are fun to paint, but the hel­met part can be tricky to get right, es­pe­cially the glass el­e­ment be­cause you have to take into ac­count its re­flec­tive prop­er­ties, and the fact that it’s trans­par­ent.

So here are a few tips to paint this el­e­ment. The first thing to know is that you al­most don’t need to paint it! This may sound odd, but be­cause it’s trans­par­ent all you have to do is to sug­gest the glass el­e­ment with sub­tle hints of light.

The sec­ond thing to keep in mind is the shape. It’s like a ball, so the light and colours should be de­picted ex­actly the same as any other round ob­ject.

Es­sen­tially, I’ll be paint­ing a glass ball. Glass is a very re­flec­tive sur­face/ma­te­rial, so paint­ing the light is cru­cial. It’s the ba­sis of ev­ery­thing: the tex­ture, the vol­ume and shape of the hel­met, so have fun and go crazy with your space-far­ing char­ac­ter!

I like to add a lots of glow, lens flare ef­fect when I paint re­flec­tive sur­faces, and here I paint some sub­tle ones over her face.

I’ve made a cus­tom brush for this ar­ti­cle, which en­ables me to paint the light re­flect­ing off the hel­met. It’s in­cluded with this is­sue’s re­sources.

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