A few demos I did this week of metallic surfaces. Painting these types of objects are great for studying values as well as for observing subtle colors that are present but not always obvious at first glance. This is a great way to train your eye to become more attuned to your subjects, whatever they may be.
Palette = cobalt blue, alizarin, yellow ochre, burnt umber, burnt sienna, titanium white. Also added hints of King’s blue and Naples yellow, but these are colors that can easily be mixed from the above palette if you don’t have them. It’s important to capture both the warm and cool tones of the metal as you see them. Warm highlights will come from the spotlight you are using to light the subject, while cool ones may come in from ambient room light or window lighting. Push the dark values first and place colors next to one another when working alla prima, this will help you to avoid getting mud.