Tuesday, December 22, 2009
A Dark Sword Diorama and some NMM techniques
Here is a picture of a diorama I did in early 2008. It is based off of a Larry Elmore painting. I think the axe blade is a good example of how to paint NMM (non metallic metal).
The most important thing to remember when trying the NMM technique is the transition from light to dark colors. This can be a very sharp transition based on the shape of the object. For instance, on this axe blade there is a sharp light to dark contrast between the flat of the blade, and the edged portion. While the flat portion of the blade itself has a gradual transition from light to dark. The play between the light and dark is really what gives it the metallic look. It doesn't matter what the actual colors are you choose to work with. If you can get the transition from light to dark right, it will look like metal.