How to create metalic reflection effect in pixel art?

Currently I just randomly drawing right leaning segments with lighter colour, and sometimes It looks better sometimes it doesn’t. But I don’t understand what kind of pattern should I follow.

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I find using gradients with a bunch of semi-random grey stops can replicate a chrome mirrored effect pretty well. It helps if there’s some lighter points towards the top, but also a nice reflection from the ground.

For a bit of fun, you can also overlay another gradient with some colour in it. I’m using a gradient from solid purple at 0% opacity to 100% opacity for the Purple Gradient layer below.

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The example below was created really quickly, using Dan Fessler’s HD index painting for some automated lo-fi dithering.

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And, from there you can hand tweak to get things exactly as you’d like.

The same technique can work for other shapes and gradient types.

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Source : Link , Question Author : P.Haka , Answer Author : Marc Edwards

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