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  1. #1
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    Aug 2008

    how can i do polished metal??

    hey, im new to this and i started painting a irondwarf for the world og warcraft lichking expansion, i found it as a pensil sketch but i wantet to make it a cool oil paint or something like that. my problem is that i dont know how to get a polished metal or iron look yet. i hope some one can help me.

    here is what he looks like for now
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  2. #2
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    Jul 2008
    California, USA
    mabey try oil painting the base and then airbrushing some light silver leaf on and mixing it in just a bit?


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  3. #3
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    Oct 2007
    NC, USA
    Well there are a lot of ways to go about this and they all depend on the type of look you're going for. My first step is to always find a reference for the material I'm trying to mimic. A quick image search for "Polished Iron" on google and came up with some good examples. Your best bet would be setting you paper grain to one that is somewhat rough, set at a small scale). Use the airbrush to block in your main color (I used a silver tone with a slight tint of yellow), then begin to add highlights and shadows (I do this on a new layer for both). When you have the form down nicely, create a new layer and begin adding texture over the metal by using either the chalk tool or the crayon tool (I preferred the crayon for this). Press lightly (or use low pressure) so that the color only attaches to the top of the paper grain. Don't over do this though, just add the color where the metal might pick up a reflection. Using the palette knife set to soft, lightly smear some of the textured areas so that the edges of the color detail aren't so rough. If needed, go over areas that need bright highlights or dark shadows with the airbrush again.

    If you aren't used to the tools and using certain paper grains, it might take some time, but give it a try if it looks like the effect you're after. I've attached the example I did for this, to this post. One has extra hints added in it.

    Hope it helps.
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  4. #4
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    Feb 2008
    Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
    Wow Someonesane! That´s one heck of a tutorial! Not to mention how nicely your painted example turned out.
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  5. #5
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    Aug 2007
    Cape Town, South Africa.
    Wow Someonesane; this is a fantastic tutorial and really should be along with all the other tuts for all to see

  6. #6
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    Oct 2006
    Pennsylvania USA
    Dear Someonesane, thanks soooo much for helping Whitee with his question, was watching to see what answers would pop up, fooled around with the metalics but couldn't come up with any sulutions, but you have taught that the metal effect is done by experience, sure wish i could file this away before it gets lost, thanks again,,,,,

  7. #7
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    Oct 2008

    SomeoneSane's Tutorial

    Hi SomeoneSane,
    That is a very good tutorial we will all find it helpful, I also find metal and glass hard to do, thank you for your time and for sharing your Knowledge.
    Grateful new member.

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