mymywhatacleverblog said: (Sorry if you get asked this a lot.) How do you make leather? I'm not trying to steal your secrets to sell to Russia, by the way. Just want to make leather clothes for my villagers to wear.
I start with a darkish grey as a base colour (maybe second from last) and then highlight the creases of the garment with two or three colours, depending on how many free colours i have on my palette. Don’t be afraid to use a bright highlight since leather is a typically shiny material. The lighter the highlight, the shinier the surface (think PVC or vinyl).
The dark accents are for details like seams and crease shadows.
A lot of making leather look convincing is understanding how light reflects off the different planes of the structure wearing it. If you’re stuck on a part, just look at stock photos of people wearing leather (the lighting’s better). Higher parts like the peaks of creases and the upper back catch more light, so highlight these areas.
Good luck with your designing!