By Matt Fussell
Reflective surfaces can sometimes give people fits. But reflective surfaces are just reflections. The shape of the object simply distorts the reflection. I think that this distortion is what gives people grief. The key to creating the illusion of reflection, or simply a shiny surface is quite simple. The key is in the value. Ironically, value is the key to creating any texture, shiny surfaces being no exception.
What happens with a highly reflective surface is the values are highly contrasted. Dark values are right next to light values with a hard line separating the two. We are so accustomed to creating gradations of value that hard contrast between value can seem a little foreign.
For this tutorial, I found some gray scale markers laying around. Typically, I don't recommend using markers for finished art since markers aren't really permanent - no matter what they say on the side. But these markers have india ink inside and I decided to give them a shot. Since they are gray scale, drawing a reflective surface seemed like a good choice.
The featured video demonstrates how to use gray scale markers to draw a reflective bowl.