hey guys, I need a little help with a peice of work im doing...
i need to do a a2/a1 picture of a giant bottle of coke (dont ask, i just do)
and i was gonna ask for some advice on how to go about it, i can do pretty much the whole thing bar one bit.
you see the little drops of condensation, i cant do those quite right, how do i get that, super refreshing look?
(btw it has to be done in a two day period)
i havnt decided on what material to use, but it should be in colour
water spray. not too much or a little. just spray and wipe until you're satisfied with the look
If you're doing it traditionally there's no helping it - it will take a while. You'll have to draw every drop, have that slight refraction, the shadow, and the highlight. Else it's pretty much the same as what it's on. I'd suggest choosing a medium where you can add the drop details later, like acrylic or something. You can try work it with watercolour if you use pencil over that (dont know how good that would look though).
Digitally... well, same thing, but it goes quicker with layers.
Break it down. Look at the drops. Where the bottle is lit, the drops are roughly the same color as the liquid inside the bottle but they have a curved, dark shadow and in some cases a small highlight. In the shadow regions of the bottle the light amber color of the drops really stand out against the dark and they lack highlights.
It may help for you to paint the bottle and then add shadows and lights accordingly. You don't have to painstakingly paint every little drop, just made wise decisions on where to place your brushstrokes. Oh and it may help to not paint every drop on condensation you see. Just paint enough for it to look refreshing.
Coke used one standard bottle illustration for almost all of their ads in the 50s (example here), it's THE iconic Coke bottle image. Whatever you do, this is what people will be thinking of, so pay close attention to how things are handled in it.
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i was hoping for some secret artist's magic way around it but hey, i figured i would have to just do it hehe.
i should try it out a few times before i do it for real though, i wont have tome to correct mistakes.
EDIT: to anyone reading this thread, the exam is over! i ended up doing ok i think, ta for the help
Last edited by Barefoot; May 13th, 2011 at 03:28 PM.