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Metal Armor Tutorial by GenjiLim Metal Armor Tutorial by GenjiLim
Let me know if you have any questions about my process.
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Drake-Ryu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for this! I've been looking for something similar for some time!
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jorun1981 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Wow that tutorial is absolute great it will help me really much because I will try out metal parts in a pic.
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you found my tutorial helpful!
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Teruko-san Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks great. I happen to be really struggling with an armor type picture right now, this looks promising. Thanks.
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, sorry for the late reply. I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you'd like help with anything specific. I'll do what I can to help!
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YelZamor Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful, thank you for this detailed tutorial.
Surfaces in my art always look too smooth and unrealistic, but this will help amend that. :)
Thanks!
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. I'm glad this was helpful! =)
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Chrishankhah Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is what I've needed -- thank you! =)
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. You're already such an excellent artist! But I'm glad my tutorial helped ^__^
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Chrishankhah Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Even still, I have so much growing to do, especially when it comes to metal (something I run into often with my fantasy art!) Swords especially seem to give me a hard time. I'll make it to a point that looks like your step 6, maybe 7, (and even then not so spot on on my tones and light source,) but this really shows me how to finish it off. You show this beautiful, almost 3-dimensional effect that I've been striving for. So I'll definitely have this up the next time I tackle it!

Looking over your gallery, your art is amazing. Definitely worth a watch!
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I highly recommend Feng Zhu's tutorials, if you haven't been watching them already. Throughout his tutorials, he'll talk about considering perspective and lighting when drawing objects, and he often draws reflective surfaces. One thing I failed to mention in this tutorial was that it is important to pay attention to colors bouncing off other surfaces when doing metal, and that darkening the metal object can give it more of a chrome like appearance. I should actually redo this one, now that I think about it -- I'm not giving people the whole story xD

Thanks for the watch! I'm happy you like my work : )
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Chrishankhah Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I will be bookmarking this, thank you so much!

I know what you mean about colors bouncing off -- I've only just begun *getting* this. I think it's one of the more difficult parts, because I never fully understand how and when something should be reflective, but I know that the more I grasp this, the much more integrated these elements will appear in my work.

Anyway, I'm glad it's also helped you to think more on this tutorial! =D Thank you again!!
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reithy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011

hoooly shit. this is really good.
thank you for putting this up! [c:]
i`ll definitely be using it for my knight... but not as realistic.
haha!
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! Glad it was helpful to you. I'm willing to help out with specific questions if you have any. Feel free to ask. You just have to be patient with any late replies, in the event I don't visit dA for a while =)

Good luck with your knight and other art projects in the meantime!
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reithy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011

D`awh! Thank you so much! :heart:

I do have one question, actually...
You see, my knight has silver, dark gray and mint armor ( well rather, mint accents to it )
Would you by any chance know what colors should i use for highlighting those colors?
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure. Usually the brightest part of the highlight is close to white, and gradually shifts color depending on the color of the light source and the color of the material it is landing upon.

I drew up a quick example here: [link]

There's a bit more to color theory than just putting the light source's color on top of your object's colors, but since it takes a bit of reading and practice to fully understand which colors to use I hope this works for you for now.

I recommend checking out this tutorial when you have the time [link]

Good luck, and let me know if you have any other questions =)
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reithy Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011

Thank you so much! [n un]
i kind of rushed my armor and stuff, because I was in a hurry.
But this helped a lot! Thank you again! :heart:
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! Glad to help!
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Chanrom Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
how longs does this process take lol, good stuff btw
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.

This took me about an hour to do. However, if this were part of a bigger piece, I wouldn't spend an hour to cover just one section of armor like this. Since the detailing process encompasses the entire image (line art -> color blocking -> shading/values -> textures -> effects), I'll be working on everything instead of just focusing on a piece of shoulder armor, as I do in this demo. It'll take longer but not like 1 hour per small section.
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dinmoney Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
adjustment layers eh? i will have to give that a try (=
cheers bro!
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GenjiLim Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. I usually use it as a final touch-up. It's good for noob artists like me who can't get colors right the firs time =)
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