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How to create metal effects in steampunk images

Tips & Tutorials
by
April Madden

Use this great tip for improving your steampunk pictures by ensuring your metals gleam

A steampunk image can live or die by the quality of the painted metal – if it is dull or unrealistic then the overall image will lose its impact.

Issue 39 of Fantasy Artist includes a useful tutorial for painting a robot on a rampage and covers many essential techniques you need for stunning steampunk. We’ve included one below, for more pick up issue 39 in the shops, online or digitally.

How to create metal effects in steampunk images

Painting metals

A good way of keeping metallic objects consistent throughout your scene is to first create a couple of references for yourself. Create a new layer, keeping it separate from the others, and then paint a small sphere, a cube and perhaps a cylinder too. Highlights, suggested reflections and colours can then be painted onto these simple building block shapes, depending on the lighting requirements of your scene. Now you have a reference layer to refer to and pick colour from.

 

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