Rosie Ball, England
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.