Drawing Together Episode 62: Drawing Reflections in Metal

Drawing Together Episode 62: Drawing Reflections in Metal

this episode is Part of the Drawing Together live video series – learn more here

We’re going to try drawing reflections in metal today! Follow along using this reference image: Reference Image

We want to see your drawings! Share your finished pieces and any tips with us on this episode page.

Today, I’m working with:

  • Smooth White Drawing Paper
  • Charcoal Pencil (4B or 6B)
  • Kneaded and Rubber Erasers
  • Shading Stumps

In this session, we’ll cover:

  • Drawing and sketching a Reflections in Metal
  • Realistic shading techniques

Join artist Scott Maier, every Wednesday at 3PM EST.


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  1. Here’s my door knob. I kept thinking it looks like a light fixture. I had a real hard time drawing the back plate vs. the knob. Took me forever! Thanks Scott for another session!

  2. This looks great! Very nice value control. You ask a good question about reducing the visibility of those pencil marks. From what I can see here, you’ve got a great start and it might simply require far more layers of graphite. My drawings often look similar to yours in the earlier stages and may require 10-20 light layers of cross-hatching to make the individual lines less intense. Using a paper towel or the palm of your hand to gently wipe down the drawing and soften the marks is also helpful. It might also be that the tip of the pencil is being used a bit too much, so try to use the side of the pencil lead as much as possible. It’s a really strong drawing as it is though, so keep at it!

  3. That was fun! I had the most trouble trying to lay down an even tone for the background – mine shows lots of pencil marks that were impossible to blend out. How do I avoid that? Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. Fort time attempting metal surface and reflections in the doorknob drawing. HB, 4B, 6B graphite pencils on 9×12 Canson 50# white paper. Thanks to the Artist Network for hosting weekly online classes.

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