There’s a lot of thought involved in filling images of metal things. Sure, you could stroke on a layer of gray when you mean silver, or a layer of yellow when you mean gold. Then how will you convey that it’s metal without accenting the shadows and reflective qualities of the shiny surface with some highlighted gleam and shimmer? Making your images look more realistic demands that your metal things look shiny.
Copic makes an E18 Copper marker. Naturally I reached for it first. It’s very, very dark and I’ll likely pick it up to use on copper things only if I want to add a very narrow area to my deepest, darkest shadows.
So, which colors will give me the copper I need? I started early in the day and began scribbling color combinations on scratch paper. Only the highest quality scratch paper will work for this – LOL!!! I used left over scraps of the good stuff to get the right color action. After more than two dozen tries, with breaks in between to allow drying time, I finally found a combination that works for me.
|E33, E37, E39 Highlight with E02|
Now that I've got the colors right, I think I need to find a way to make it shine a little more . . .
If you try my Copic copper metal combination, please share your image with me so I can see how it looks. If you use your own combination, please share that too!