Paint an intricate silver object
I start with a darker colour as the metal’s base, and finish by painting the highlights. The ambient light in my picture is a cool colour, so I choose a dark, warm grey as a base. On any silver object a cold-to-warm contrast between light and shadow will be particularly noticeable, because of the metal’s reflective nature.
I select my silver colour and start to paint the lighter areas, bearing in mind the shape of the metal as it curves around the character’s body. I pick a dark bluish grey because the silver colour is influenced by the scene’s dominant colour: a dark blue. In certain areas I paint the reflected colour of the character’s skin.
I define the silver’s surface using a very light colour, which is almost the same colour as the light. I use a hardedged brush to emphasise the reflected light. I push the skin’s reflections and from the light behind the figure, and with a very soft brush add flashes of light where the metal is closer to the light source.