Stephanie Bui, Sweden
Silver objects, shrubberies, pencil textures, waterfalls, tree bark, stronger value structures, environments and more.
Answer Sara replies
Start by gathering some references, so that you can observe real-life examples of silver objects. The metal reflects light, and the intensity of this reflection depends on whether its surface is polished or unpolished.
In ancient times, silver was used to make mirrors and this gives us more clues on how to paint it. Here I’ve chosen to represent the polished silver as an ornamental piece. It’s a soft metal and so unsuitable for the manufacture of weapons and shields
I’ll need to use brushes that feature no special texture or effects, because I want the silver to appear smooth, and I’ll use strong contrasts of light and shadows to suggest that it’s shiny.