Here’s a conga model I’m working on. It took me about four days to get the geometry as you see it (which tells you much about my unfamiliarity with Blender.) For the head I will probably map a photo of a real drum head. The body will have a blue wood stain material but I want to create several drums with different body colors. I’m not there yet as this is a work-in-progress.
What I would like to do is apply a dark reflective material to the hardware such as brushed nickel and I’d like some advice. Now it’s too dark to show any detail on the lug plates and generally looks bad. Is there a tutorial site or other resource for metallic materials in Blender?
By the way, I’ve learned a lot on this project, just in constructing the drum. I feel inspired to make a series of ethnic percussion and develop a larger materials library.