Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Painting the figure - painting the stockings

Ok, having studied the tests, worked out how I should paint the stockings, my next step was to commit to actual paint......

I started by masking up the areas I wanted to remain in the original colour, then pre-tinted where I felt it seemed logical.

i.e backs of the knees, around the ankles, so forth.

(no work in progress pictures here though - I was in the groove, and not stopping for pictures...)

Once I had done my pre-tinting, then I laid down a coat over the top of this, trying to keep it as even as possible. For the whole, I think my efforts were successful, and I must remind myself this is my first effort at doing something like this.

Once I was happy with those results, I reached for the hairdryer, and force dried the first layer.

Then I quickly masked of the top of the thigh high stockings from the rest of them to lay down multiple thin coats, to build up density.

Over all, by varying the tones, this helps add to the textures and contours of the figure overall...well, the legs so far.

Going by the feedback of fellow figure painters, I seem to have achieved my primary purpose. Now to move onto the rest of the figure.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Painting the figure - preshading the legs

Before I went ahead and laid down my smoke paints for the stockings effect I deiced to preshade the legs, to help 'boost' the colours underneath, before being muted by the overlay of the 'stockings'.

For the entire figure, the flesh toes, I decided on doing something a bit different - I worked from the lightest tone (IE, the highlight tones) then added more pink to get to my mid tone, then added even more pink to get my 'shadow' tone. As this is a large (-ish) figure for me, and I am using an airbrush exclusively for the flesh, smooth toes are essential.

Plus, it was something different for me to try. (traditionally, most figure painters start with a mid tone, then lighten or darken accordingly, which works fine)
It can be seen where i have darkened the skin tone, in places the make sense to me; around the ankles and lower calves, the backs of the knees, where the legs cross, around the knee caps and on the underside of the thighs, where natural shadows would fall.

Glad I did, although I wasn't sure how it would turn out at the time, tilla fter the stockings were done.

Painting the figure - Stockings, planning and testing first

Stockings - are a sheer/ thin item of knit wear. Which means that loght will behave differently, depending on both how the stocking is compressed or stretched, and the underlying skin/ muscle tissue underneath.

This is one of the few times that research is really Fun! I had to research and examine images of ladies legs in stockings........

Then the work - what paints will give me the results I want.

I tired adding various shades of black or grey to the base flesh tone, to see what happened. All I got was a muddy colour, so that ruled that out.

Thinning paints down got fiddly quickly, because it would mean too runny paint - lacked control.

A reference book advised to use a 'smoke' colour. This can be seen every day on a car windscreen, that tinted band at the top. It cuts down glare, without blocking vision. Simply, it is a translucent paint, depending on how many layers of it is applied.

So a comparison test on my colour swatch seemed to confirm it.

Now I was set. Just a bit of pre work to do on the legs, first.

Painting the figure - the legs

Here are the legs, after the revised paint scheme. This was just a base coat. I did have problems with the legs, not so much in handling them, but in what to do with them until the paint dries..... a fellow modeler, Bob Chawgo reminded me of pinning and handles. So in the second part, it can be seen how I filled up a jar with some sand (nice, wide, short, fat, heavy jar) and just poke the dowel handles in the sand, to let the paint dry, with out fear of smudges, finger prints, all those kind of things that can be avoided by a bit of thinking ahead of time.....

Painting the figure- base tones

Ok, overdue for an update here. (mostly because I have been doing this as a build log on an other website with a lot of questions and answers)

Top pic is where I settled for the flesh tones - nice and pink. Probably a bit too pink, however, I wanted a nice, rosy hue to the girl, as by the time the jacket, the skirt and stockings were added, it would tone the entire figure down. So by making the flesh tones strong, I will balance out the other colours, and conform to the anime roots of the figure (rather then a portrait of a true figure, which would require more shading and highlights)

2nd Picture is the first coat. Which had a to yellow finish (too much ochre in my custom mix) so a repaint was in order. Never hurts to go back and rework if the first effort wasn't quite there.

Third pic is the colour swatch - because of my busy life, I find that a week or more will pass before I can get bench time, so this is a simple way of keeping track of my ratios of paint mixes. Plus, if anyone ever asks "hey, what colour did you use for X?" then I can find the answer.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Micro sculpting

saw this link, and have seen some of his work on the net.

Just had to share. After all, it's not everyday that we hear of someone who sculpts stuff on the tips of pencil nubs!