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on: November 11, 2010, 12:12:01 AM
Art Lessons - How to paint shiny, metal or reflective objects


The secret to painting metal, shiny or reflective objects is in the highlights.

The shinier the object, the brighter and more "in focus" the highlight becomes.
So a dull object will have no discernible highlight, rather a broad area of mid tone that fades away to the shadow colour.
A slightly shiny or reflective surface, eg. a dull metal like lead, will show a slightly noticeable highlight spot and the entire highlight area will seem to have shrunk.
The more polished or reflective the area becomes, the smaller and the more in focus and brighter the highlight becomes until we reach a mirror like surface where the highlight will be at it's brightest and be so focused that you can see the actual light source.

So to summarize : if you want to paint a dull surface broaden and darken your highlight area.
If you want a polished and reflective surface increase the amount of detail and contrast on the highlight area.
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Reply #1 on: November 11, 2010, 03:03:22 AM
Hi Nolan...Read the article but couldn't get the video to play.  :confused:  Will definately have to reread that one a couple of times to get it to sink in.  ???
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Reply #2 on: November 11, 2010, 03:47:34 AM
the video is also on our youtube channel and on our facebook page


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Reply #3 on: November 11, 2010, 07:19:40 AM
 :clap: This is a very valuable and helpful video.  I like how you showed the gradient differences from nonmetalic, nonreflective to completely reflective and explained the highlights.  Thank you much Nolan!
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Reply #4 on: November 11, 2010, 01:09:13 PM
I was actually busy filming our pencil drawing course and showing something else when it struck me that I could show the concept perfectly using my Xmas decorations  ;D


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Reply #5 on: November 17, 2010, 05:06:31 AM
Pencil drawing course? Will that be part of this course or separate? I'm for anything that will give me a leg up!  ::) (N. Americans always take that the wrong way!)  :offtopic:  Right, I've watched the video a few more times and I'm going to try doing the 4 balls in a row to show the differences. This should be a bit of a challenge for me....are you up for it Kelley? :)
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Reply #6 on: November 17, 2010, 08:55:51 AM
I don't have the right type of pencils, but let's do this :deal:.  And I know what you meant.. to be ahead of the game or have the step up advantage, or leg up a rung of the ladder, no?  ;)
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Reply #7 on: November 17, 2010, 11:29:37 AM
:clap: new artworks coming up :clap:

The pencil drawing course is our two day seminar which we have been conducting for donkeys years already and have now decided to convert it to an online course / DVD. Folks that have never drawn before walk out amazed at their drawings. I am expanding it a bit to include some new bonus material a well. I have spent the last week solid doing animations and voice overs for the course. O0


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Reply #8 on: November 17, 2010, 04:52:05 PM
Hey Kelley... I did the last sphere with a 2H and a 4B....other than regular pencils they are all I have at the moment. Amazing the gradient shading you can get even with a normal pencil. Great, we'll give it a go!  :deal:  :clap:
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Reply #9 on: November 17, 2010, 04:54:23 PM
The course sounds terrific Nolan...let me know when it is available. I'll have to get to a duty free island! Not out of the question.  :)
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Reply #10 on: November 17, 2010, 09:32:29 PM
The course sounds terrific Nolan...let me know when it is available.

will do O0

I'll have to get to a duty free island!

clever  :smart:

Amazing the gradient shading you can get even with a normal pencil.

I have also sometimes managed to do most of the drawing with an HB


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Reply #11 on: November 17, 2010, 10:40:56 PM
This isn't as easy as it looks :sweat: , but is a great experience. Picture 1 and 2 are reversed in order of sequence of how Nolan presented them in the video (hope you can tell.)   I am not very fond of the very shiny, reflective metal looking one because the shadowing or highlight was off or something.  Perhaps because I moved the reflected ball and the figure's arm and the door isn't dark.  I am not sure exactly.  I think the third globe is my favourite.  By the way Nolan, thanks for supplying the modeling.  Okay Val, your turn.
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Reply #12 on: November 17, 2010, 10:44:46 PM
Here is one last shot of the four Christmas ornaments together. 
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Reply #13 on: November 17, 2010, 11:11:33 PM
Nolan, we will have to watch it. These guys are going to outdo us if we don't move it  :whistle:
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Reply #14 on: November 17, 2010, 11:18:44 PM
I was thinking the same thing :heeha: , superb job Kelley  :yippee: :clap:

I agree that #3 is my favourite too O0

Only place I can find where you could improve is to darken the shadow on the last reflective one, on the top left hand side


 

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