Thursday, 1 November 2012

Drawing Shiney Objects

Many objects have a certain sheen or glossy, chrome finish. In order to complete the illusion in a drawing, you need to understand the concepts of rendering metal, reflection and lighting in your work. 
As with any drawing, you will need to start with a basic outline of your object. A spoon is a simple object everyone is familiar with.
After you have your outline finished, you will need to outline the highlights, shadows, and reflection and refractions in the spoon. This is the most tricky part of the entire process. To create the illusion of metal, you will need to focus all your attention on drawing the reflections on the object EXACTLY as you see them. It also helps to have an understanding of how light behaves on shiny objects. For instance with the spoon, the reflections are going to contour to the shape of the spoon. With most drawings, you use shading to create volume in an object, but with something as shiny as this, there is no shading, because all the light bounces off of the surface. Therefore you will need to perfectly re-create the reflections in the spoon to give it shape and volume.

After you have the shape, and outlines of the reflections in your spoon drawn, you can  fill them in with tones. What makes metal look so shiny, is the contrast that it shows,(i.e. very light colours next to very dark colours, and crisp clean lines). When shading in the reflections, use the cleanest lines that you can to complete the illusion. 

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