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  1. I haven't posted in a while. Still been painting and all, but just haven't had time to do updates. It's a shame because I learn so much from the group when I get input on areas I struggle with. I decided to put some time away to do a summary and get back into the swing of things. Gotta get ready for that Bones 5 delivery! Battle Report! I have been looking at all 4 of the giant apes from Bones 4 and just had no idea what to do with them. I have issues with just painting things that are supposed to be black. It doesn't leave me a lot of room to go anywhere, but I know it's possible. I watched an artist I hadn't come across before on YouTube named House of Paint 203, who happened to do another style of ape and I loved it! It gave me the ammo I needed to put the paint on one of them and test it out. Results were good. Wins: * Black with Volcano Brown combo for a black/grey-brown was solid. * The mix I saw him do with using a purple ink to saturate the areas of the mouth like a wash, but kept some of the lively hues was awesome. Love it! * The color scheme was pretty simple and straight forward making this a fairly fast paint. * I used a HUGE brush to cover the model in black first, and it was a major time saver. * I also used the same huge makeup brush to the the drybrushing, which admittedly still is weak area for me, but this brush worked like a charm. Some fine tuning needed, but felt improved. * The teeth came out super well and I'm very happy with having done the gradient for them. Opportunity: * The eyes. I tried doing a black with white glimmer, but it ended up looking like a pupil so I had to just make it bigger and went with it. Meh. * Drybrush, as stated above, was not super good. I went too high, too fast with the grey color, when I think going with the volcano brown first or some very, very light dusting of a deep blue would have been good - then lighten it up. As always - open to feedback and any basing ideas or inspiration any of you may have.
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