View Full Version : Metal Study--this is for baquatania

05-13-2001, 10:37 PM
Baquatania's post concerning ways to represent metal got me to futzzing around with Painter and some reference material I have. The Illustrated Disney Songbook has this really cool treble clef rendered in fake metal. So I thought I'd give this a try. Any comments appreciated. A few more tries and I will write this up as a tutorial.

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"Art is anything you can get away with." -- Marshall McLuhan

05-14-2001, 02:30 AM
Thanks dhenton, I am analyzing this image to death. "Lower darker distortion, outer fading hue to middle flecks of highlight..." The background really helps make it stand out, unfortunately I don't have the software to reproduce similiar effects. But I believe I can get pretty close with conventional media. Thanks for all your help...B.

Keith Russell
05-24-2001, 10:53 PM

True chrome has no colour of its own; silver actually reflects all the other colours around it.

One of the best references for chrome comes from car and motorcycle magazines. Pay close attention to how the sky and the earth reflect in handlebars, mirrors, hubcaps, spokes, exhaust pipes (around curves and rounded forms); as well as how light reflects in shiny surfaces such as gas tanks, fenders, and other non-chrome objects.

Another thing to watch for is the difference in how chrome looks outdoors, as opposed to chrome shot in the studio.

For realism's sake, you want the chrome subjects in your pieces to look like they really are inhabiting the same space as the background.

It would be bad to use an 'indoor' chrome reference for that robot that's supposed to be wandering in the desert. Or, to have a warriour's armour reflecting blue and brown, when it's standing in a green starship hallway.

These kinds of things aren't obvious to the average person, but they'll still know something is wrong--even if they can't quite put their finger on exactly what it is.

Artists who paint chrome well are Sorayama, Tim White, Julie Bell, and Philip Castle.


Keith Russell
Synthetic Sky Studios
Science Fiction Fine Art
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