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Tiny tips: Water: Reflections by Ranarh Tiny tips: Water: Reflections by Ranarh
Second tutorial about painting water, after waves - see link below.
Reflections are not so hard to do as long as you don't want them extra-fancy, close up, and on difficult water. It seems to me that reflections have odd contrasts because parts lighter than the water reflect much, much better than the ones darker than the water, those seem more like shadows. As always, looking at lots of references will help in painting perfect reflections. It may seem like so much work, but painting the reflection separately instead of flipping really pays off, and makes the picture seem much less flat.

Mirrors works pretty much the same of course, except they perfectly reflect without colour change and in greater detail and depth.

First part about painting water: Tiny tips #14: Water: Waves
In the next part, I'll be talking about the colour of water. It's not just blue, you know ;)

"Ranarh's tiny tips" is a collection of iddy-biddy tutorials, each containing small bites of advice anyone can chew, aimed at beginner's level artists. They are not software-dependent. If there's a problem you have, something you feel someone should finally explain, or are just curious what I have to say on a particular artistic issue, feel free to tell me.

You'll find the whole Tiny Tips Collection, plus some full-grown walkthroughs in my tutorial section. Check out my blog and website for exclusive tutorials, walkthroughs, and tips.
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Itzcuauhtli Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok. You could do a tutorial about transparencies in the water?

In other words, in which case if we see an object under water, and in which cases is not possible.

Thanks for reading. And greetings from México
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I'll take it into my list. Thank you for suggesting.
azzacanth Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist
i just noticed a flaw in your last example... the refection of the water-creature's hand..... since the girl's hand is being held by the water creature, the reflections of both should be together, instead of having an empty hand reflection some distance from the reflection of her arm ;)
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Oops, you're right - just don't tell anyone else that ;)
The pictures at the bottom are less demonstration, more flavour
azzacanth Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist
right, right ;)
Digi-fish Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm loving these. They're so informative.
Ranarh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Thank you, I find it easier to make tutorials about very narrow topics. Although I have a walkthrough of some magnitude in the pipeline.
Lulie Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Tip from photography: Reflections in water are typically about a stop darker than the thing they're reflecting.
Ranarh Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Thank you. That corresponds with the fact that water is not a perfect mirror.
Sodayaka Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks alot!
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