How Exercises work and how can I participate?
- On Mondays we will create a new exercise with a new topic and goal with either a 1 week or 2 week goal.
- The community will submit their own work along with myself and provide feedback or tips on the submissions.
- On Friday, March 21st THIS post will be updated with the new images and any learning tips and techniques learned along the way.
- How can I participate? – Read the exercise challenge below and submit your image via the “Submit Image” button below.
Exercise 21 (E21) – Golden
EXERCISE: To create the appearance of Gold on 6 different subject matters.
Two (2) Week Drawing Exercise!
You can use gold on many different materials and surfaces from a golden helm to the stitching of a golden fleece. The trick is knowing how to accurately create the appearance of gold. Gold itself is a metal material. A metal surface will most often reflect light rather than absorbing it. We created a reference last year that give you a quick look at one way of creating the “golden” look.
Citizens: To download the “Metal” Brush pack that is used in the reference below, download them HERE.
In the .PSD you can hide the “instructional layer” so that you can work without the type getting in the way. You can either work right on top, underneath, or create your own version of each of the subject matters.
- Material Sphere – Start off with the simplest way to observe a material by creating a sphere of it. This allows you to get an idea of how light hits the texture and how much is reflected/absorbed.
- Gold Ring – Now we are starting to take a look at curving the edge. Keep in mind where that light source is coming from. Reference will help for this one!
- Golden Crown – This is a good example of introducing a straight edge and how to work with a curved edge on the bottom side while working with straight edges on the crown points.
- Gold Fabric Trim – This is a great way to see the gradient that gold forms. it is a mixture of reflection areas and areas in shadow.
- Golden Artifact – The last two are examples of difficult subject matters with lots of curved edges and intricate areas where two angles meet up right against each other.
- Golden Armor – This armor piece has a lot of curved areas that will be a challenge in placing your lighting.
GOAL: To understand how to create the visual appearance of gold on multiple materials and surfaces.
Gold is a great and useful shading technique that can be applied to various different areas of characters, environments, vehicles, weapons, etc. You can then use the gold technique whenever you need it, accurately and really make your pieces “shine”.
- Getting Started – Lighting and Building Values - Not sure where to begin? This is a fundamental tutorial to understand lighting. This is important because gold is a metal and it reflects light based on the angle and direction of that light source.
- Getting Started – Materials – This gives you the next best place to go to understand how every materials work in relation to lighting and how the surface texture is suppose to respond to that light whether or not it reflects or absorbs.
- Exercise 08 – Material Studies - This is a material study exercise that explores 9 different materials that are different from one another to show how to render different objects effectively.
The Results Update – Friday, March 21 2014.
Remember: You can always submit even after the week is over! These are meant to act as exercises to strengthen your work!