Post by kaytermarram on Mar 7, 2015 9:40:30 GMT -5
I think, too, that white is the way to go!
But one technical question: I paint only in acrylics and use oils only for weathering effects. How do you layer oil colour?? I mean, isn´t there the danger to wash away all painted colours with a layering, dilluted with terpentine??? Your technique is absolute brilliant and maybe you can do a little tutorial some time...!
Frank, oils can be layered if you let dry layer after layer, it's only a matter of patience. Once dry you can easily apply another layer, pure for more cover, or diluted with white spirit/mineral spirits for more semi- transparent/transparent layering (you won't remove a hardened, dry layer). It depends on what you want to achieve. The only problem is that I paint on automatic pilot, so writing things down can be difficult from time to time. Generally I start by collecting reference pictures to watch and study them thoroughly, for example the worn, old leather. Then I think of a painting strategy, how can I reach the effects I saw on the reference pics ? Once I start painting it's like "getting in the zone". For the belt I decided to go for Raw sienna, Flesh ocre, Burnt umber, Flaked white. I try to work from a medium tone to lighter and darker tones, and at the end I paint the details like cracked leather, spots, shiny areas... Frank, I'll do the best I can to write down a howto on the Viking soon, but I have to be honest and say that I'm not a figure painter at all, many figurists are out of this world artists and more capable for writing a tutorial.
T, a tutorial for oils can be an idea, I'll try to make a complete one on the Viking project in my best English (which is damn crappy).
Thanks Leon my friend !
Today I brushed on delicate dry and light tones to add caracter to the leather, I also made cracked effects with a fine brush, the belt needs more attention, the jerkin too. I brushed on a second layer of red on the cross, later on I will try to make it look worn too.
I hope you like it so far.
O, and I dropped a heavily diluted red in the lower eye lid, now the eyes look more real to me. I don't feel alone in the room when I'm holding this knight in my hand. I'm having company now !
Best regards ! AG.
Last Edit: Mar 7, 2015 15:36:21 GMT -5 by armorguy
The red worked superb!! This keeps getting better and better!! As for the SBS...go for it, that would be awesome! Don't worry on the English my friend...nothing wrong with it at all actually!! Get something down and we can run through it with no trouble!!
Post by kaytermarram on Mar 7, 2015 15:31:24 GMT -5
Guy, thanks for that explanation!! Sounds like it works the same way like layering in acrylics... And for your opinion of better painters. Sure, and the world turns every day. And the Churchill Bust is one of the best painted figures I have ever seen. And that incluedes the work of Danilo Cartacci and Diego Ruina. Nuff said. And for your english, read mine. I am glad, every one who read my texts gets a glimpe of what I mean. As Todd said, that would be really fine when you could go a little bit more into depth with your next bust! In a future article I can write down a detailed how to sculpt my way with a figure from the ground up.
Post by kaytermarram on Mar 7, 2015 15:53:44 GMT -5
Wow, the Dragon is ultra detailed! A great piece of art! But the frog is more than awesome, it is a real challenge. That would be a great figure when finished, and a real top inspiration for doing a sculpt from. i guess you will go into the fantastic area. I HOPE SO!!
Really outstanding. Like the little bloody hole in the mail om the left shoulder. Sorry if already asked but will be the final color of the tunic? I think it look fantastic as is and wondering if you gonna just darken the belt.