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Reflective Objects

How to draw or paint reflective objects

We all know of the challenge of reflective objects or surfaces. It can be daunting to reflection exercise3master this skill but with a few simple pointers anybody can achieve this ability.

  1. Basic shape
    Using simple geometric shapes will help you to construct the drawing. Draw lightly so that any initial, unwanted lines can be erased easily.
  2. Contrast and lines
    Look at the boundary line around the subject and use high contrast and hard lines. Reflective surfaces rarely have smooth gradations in value. Dark and lights are often positioned directly next to each other with no transition between them.
  3. Draw what you see not what you know
    Focus on the negative spaces, focus on the jigsaw puzzle presented by light and dark shapes. Don’t draw what you see reflected.
  4. The surroundings
    Don’t ignore whatever happens to be around the reflective object. Take a look at what is to be seen in the reflection. The bigger the object to more likely other objects appear.
  5. Mid-Tones
    As a rule the majority of the painting or drawing will be mid-tone. Only about 10% of if will be the darkest darks and brightest lights.
  6. Contour the surface
    Consider directions of your marks and how these will define final tones. The eraser can be used to pick out or strengthen any highlights.

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