Photoshop tutorial #01: Missile
You can paint objects like this missile without any 3D software, just with Pencil and Brush tools in a few simple steps.
- Get some reference photos of the object and its technical specifications.
- Design and paint background.
- Create bitmap font and fill in data.
- Paint rectangle using the missile's proportions (scale 1m:90px) and basic olive drab color.
- Shape the nose-cone.
- Add wings and tail controls.
- Convert missile fuselage from box to tube by overlaying cylindrical shading (just a few translucent brush passes and e.g 'Hard Light' blending mode for the layer).
- Add transparent dome covering IR seeker.
- Add stripes.
- Add inscriptions.
- Add minor details.
- Add cast shadows, specularity areas and finish the drawing.
This artwork made for the air simulation project Air Power: Fat Hawks. Some other ordnance below:
AIM-120 AMRAAM missile.
INS & active radar guided air-to-air missile with range up to 180 km.
AIM-9 SIDEWINDER missile.
Heat-seeking (IR homing) air-to-air missile with range up to 18 km.
MK-82 SLICK bomb.
General-purpose gravity bomb.
BLU-107 DURANDAL bomb.
Parachute deployed, rocket-boosted bomb. Designed to destroy runways. Drop above 500 ft.
GBU-12 PAVEWAY bomb.
Laser guided bomb for precision strinkes. Drop above 1000 ft.