What tips can you share for paint­ing a rust­ing sur­face?

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Adding a way to de­pict rusty sur­faces to your reper­toire can be help­ful, es­pe­cially for paint­ing back­grounds. Rust or iron ox­ide oc­curs when un­pro­tected iron comes into con­tact with water. This means it usu­ally in­di­cates old, weath­ered metal ob­jects, and can add re­al­ism to any scenes where wear and tear is ex­pected. Iron is usu­ally pro­tected with a layer of paint, and it can add in­ter­est to de­pict rust in­ter­act­ing with flak­ing or welted paint.

When paint­ing rust you should take note of the physics, such as where water would come into con­tact with iron and where the iron ob­ject would ex­pe­ri­ence stress. For in­stance, in the ex­am­ple I’m paint­ing of an aban­doned car in a for­est, the metal grilles in front might rust in a dif­fer­ent way to the car body. Rust forms in streaks (for ex­am­ple, on the car door) where water has pre­sum­ably flowed down. But be­cause the main car body has been pro­tected by paint, the rust is milder on it.

Other weath­er­ing ef­fects oc­cur as well. Moss forms on top of the car, as the spores would land and stay on top of it rather than col­lect on the sides.

Weath­er­ing can make an art­work more evoca­tive be­cause it im­plies a nar­ra­tive. Each scratch and dent on a ve­hi­cle tells of its his­tory, and can make the viewer cu­ri­ous about its story.

Adding head­lights and tweak­ing the light­ing cre­ates a dif­fer­ent, slightly eerie at­mos­phere. It’s no longer just an old, aban­doned car…

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