Tip File: Metals Made Easy

High-shine metallic objects have these characteristics:

• hard-edged reflective shapes within the shape of the object

• a full range of values, determined by reflected objects

• reflections tinted by the color of the metal

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Matte or low-luster metallic objects have these characteristics:

• blended shadows and highlights

• a full range of values, determined by the light source

• diffused or obscured reflections

• colors determined by the type of the metal being depicted

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This tip is an excerpt from an article titled “Metals Made Easy,” by Ora Sorensen. To read the full article on the secrets to depicting low-luster to high-shine metallic surfaces, click here and order The Artist’s Magazine’s 2009 Annual CD.

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