Burnish The Background And Deepen The Highlights

Deepen all the tones with multiple layers of color, and burnish the background until smooth, using a ruler to create a definitive border.

Create the table's wood grain look, keeping in mind the perspective of the pencil lines. Build the wood color with Burnt Ochre, and the wood grain with Dark Brown. Render the cast shadow on the right with Black Raspberry.

Slowly build the color of the sugar bowl with the layered approach. It is important to not allow the colors of the bowl to burnish—creating a smooth and reflective surface would take away from the realistic appearance of crockery.

Shadow the top of the lid and in between the stripes on the neck with Dark Brown. Layer the rest of the bowl with more Henna and Black Raspberry, allowing the paper color to show through.

To finish the drawing, deepen the White highlights, then add the small freckles of the crockery with Dark Brown.

Metallic

Drawing a metallic surface is very much like drawing glass. They both have highly reflective surfaces, which create extreme patterns of light and dark. When drawing an object in color, you must remember to look for colors reflecting from the object's surroundings.

At right is a drawing of an old-fashioned metal vase. While the real color of the vase is a light pink, the bright colors of the surroundings and background change the vase's appearance dramatically.

Practice drawing the different types of metal surfaces in this chapter. Each one is very different from the other, depending on its surface, color and surroundings.

African Violets in Metal Vase

Stonehenge paper 11" x 14" (28cm x 36cm)

Metallic

Metallic Colored Pencil Drawings

Accent Your Subject With Strong Background Tones

The colors of the background fading from dark to light help accent the colors of the African violets and the vase. You can use complementary colors to make your drawing subjects pop. To make the green colors of the leaves stand out, I used an abundance of red throughout the drawing. The violets stand out because of the yellow in the background.

Accent Your Subject With Strong Background Tones

The colors of the background fading from dark to light help accent the colors of the African violets and the vase. You can use complementary colors to make your drawing subjects pop. To make the green colors of the leaves stand out, I used an abundance of red throughout the drawing. The violets stand out because of the yellow in the background.

Colors Used

Dark Purple, Mulberry, Magenta, Crimson Red, Poppy Red, Process Red, Tuscan Red, Salmon Pink, Orange, Canary Yellow, Violet, Lavender, Lilac, Limepeel, Marine Green, Dark Green, Dark Brown, Black, White polished silver & stainless steel

Polished silver and stainless steel are extremely shiny, with of tones and colors. Remember, smooth surfaces are bur-many extreme reflections and tones. They are best created nished and porous surfaces are layered. using the burnishing technique with a heavy application

Drawing Shiny Surfaces

Practice Drawing Shiny, Polished Metals

This shiny and polished silver creates powerful extremes of tone and reflected shapes. The lighting is coming from the top, creating intense contrasts. The top looks extremely light, while the bottom is extremely dark.

The dark, layered background of this drawing contrasts sharply against the shiny surface of the teapot. This drawing was rendered entirely in gray tones. Because the background is all shades of gray, there are no reflecting colors in this piece like the drawing of the goblet on page 92. A dark background is very important with polished silver, because it helps the light edges of the object stand out, and it gives stark contrast to the white areas.

I used the layering technique in the background to contrast against the heavily burnished approach used in the surface of the teapot.

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