Paint an in­tri­cate sil­ver ob­ject

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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.

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