How to draw metallic reflections

Sketch of shiny objects reflecting light

When light strikes a metallic object, it can reflect back onto any nearby object in an unusual way. Normally, light hitting a primary and secondary object gives varying degrees of light, shadow and cast shadows, but reflective light also happens under these circumstances – and I'll show you how to draw this in your artwork.

To demonstrate the drawing techniques to make this work, I have produced the images above, working with a dark charcoal pencil and an eraser (for more on charcoals, see our guide to charcoal drawing).

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An artist and tutor, Tony Hogan also organises art holidays. After art college, he embarked on a career in commercial art. He returned to painting and tutoring in the 1970s.