Thursday, April 25, 2013

Always good to explore others styles and approaches...

"Learn from others - time is too precious to try and continuously reinvent the wheel"

After a figure modeler tries to bring life to a figures face, the next challenge is clothing.

True, a sculptor may have done a great job of a heavy canvas jacket with thick folds, and a silk scarf with very fine folds and wrinkles.....

A limited paint job won't add to the figure....

Here's where I'm coming from...

Marta Slusarka of Twisted Brushes blog did a really nice write up of adding texture (here) which got me thinking (or a bit more aware) of fabric and it's behaviour...

An example of Matras work....

Her bust figure "Grinder" with the red fabric textured by paint

Marta's efforts of just adding some thin lines of highlighted colour over the highlighted parts adds hints of weave..... subtle, and effective....

Other examples (exaggerated to illustrate)

A painting of J. C. Leyendecker, ca 1917.

Working from bottom to top, the folds in the pants are sharper, more rolled. The Jacket has folds, however less rolls with a heavier looking fold. The scarf is somewhere between the two.

Texture - the highlights and shades on the pants are matt, and have a quite a range from black to near white. Jacket goes into dark browns (almost no black shadows) and has white highlights, showing this material does not fold too well, and has a natural sheen.
The scarf has some lines on it, where the knit casts a shadow.....

The artist really knows their textures with light effects here....

Now compare to a resin head & shoulders bust to populate the cockpit of a remote control plane (World War 1)

Mass produced!! Doesn't need fancy finishing..... well, the next fellow did something to his pilot....

Still a remote control pilot, this pilot will add more life than the above image....

So that's a learning for me....









Monday, April 22, 2013

Sculpting projects and research for fun and learning...

So I'm self teaching sculpting (does this mean I've got a fool for a teacher and a dimwit for a student? probably...)

Here's some YouTube links I've found handy....

Bill Merklein does some really nice work, and includes key anatomy markers....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NLBd3RtvZ0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyWGC4xZbJI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaYDvLqJyWA

This is helping me with my sculpt of Kanae...

She recently expressed a bit of disappointment with some of my efforts (which is saying a bit for a very polite Japanese, and a lady too, so very, very polite...) so I responded that I am bearded, bad tempered, have sense of mischief, but am mostly good hearted....

(self praise is no recommendation though...)

A Tengu mountain spirit

A wikipedia link of a Tengu is here - as always through history, there are good ones and bad ones....

So I'm doing this one as a warm up before I tackle Kanaes likeness

Photos as soon as I've made notable progress....



Friday, April 19, 2013

Update to Chinese Lady

Well, I've done some more work on the Chinese Lady....

Added in the lipstick, the eyes, eyelashes & eyebrows. Tidied up the hairline...





So sneaking up by degrees various stages of completion.....

As her hair has a ponytail, plus flowers for decorations, I also worked on these....


First effort was flat and looked lifeless, so I decided to boost the colours, make them a bit more lively in colour...
Much more pleased with that effort.....
All I did was add Vallejo retarder to my paints, and apply. Left a bit of a sheen on the flowers, so the light reflects of them better - subtle, thought I'd try it.

Plus!! I've organised some bases from Michael of Base44, so soon I can mount these projects properly...





Saturday, April 13, 2013

Painting projects - Pegaso ladies

While working on the Springtime sculpt, I've decided to cross work on some painting projects....

The Lady Pirate is one of the first figures that ever caught my eye....
So after many years, I finally got one...then it sat in the grey army for at least a year and a half....

Figure is still a bit blotchy on the face, needs smoothing out and refining....





Now for the Chinese lady..... First effort resulted in way too yellow skin tones..... after a few days, soaked it in Dettol, and stripped it of paint. And filled a gap on the necklace line....


See what I mean?.... way too yellow (too much yellow ochre in the mix...)






Much, much better.... still a hint of Asian yellow (more of an Ochre), still not happy as I feel the the highlights and shadows lack dimension...a bit flat looking, I feel....

I've undercoated the coat, Citadel red (some blood demon colour reference) for the main part, and Citadel Purple (some kind of giant worm colour reference) mixed with Vallejo Magenta... much better than the dark straight out of the bottle....