How to draw a reflective bowl in markers head

How to Draw with Markers - Reflective Bowl


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.

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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.


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