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 For somebody 20 years out of practice, that's damn good work.

The highlights on the green dress are actually pretty good - never be afraid to go a bit higher with the highlights or deeper with the shadows than you think you should. You can always tone it back down a little.

And don't throw away drybrushing as merely a beginner technique - when done with precision and skill it's an excellent way to quickly add highlights to things like the feathers on the hippogriff or on terrain.

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Actually, drybrushing is how I put the edge highlights on those feathers and on the dress! It was after that when I started thinking drybrushing was for noobs and was working on layering, and I had some success on my first few Bones (which I will post tomorrow) but I am actually seeing some nice drybrushing in other people's threads. Thanks for the comments so far everyone! It's very flattering to see comments from people I have seen while lurking!

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 The standard method of doing chainmail even for experts is still just painting it black and then drybrushing it silver or grey.  ::D: 

I keep several sizes of flat brushes around just for that reason - you can do amazing things with drybrushing as long as you know where to put the highlights for maximum effect.

 

One trick that I do sometimes before I've primed the mini, when I'm having a hard time seeing how to paint the highlights and shadows on something, is to take a bit of primer and drybrush the part of the mini that's confusing me. Makes it much easier to see that way.

Some people actually do what's called zenithal highlighting - they prime their mini either black or grey and then take a spray can of white primer and shoot a quick shot straight down from directly above the mini. In addition to picking out all the highlights and shadows, it also helps to pre-shade the mini, which can be useful if you're working with a lot of layering or washes.

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It was after that when I started thinking drybrushing was for noobs and was working on layering, and I had some success on my first few Bones (which I will post tomorrow) but I am actually seeing some nice drybrushing in other people's threads.

Drybrushing is just another tool in the shed. I spent a couple years in the early 90s just washing and drybrushing, because we didn't know any other techniques; so I got a lot of experience in both out of necessity way back when. Ironically, I have all those grenadier dudes and the necro with the heads was one of my early 'successes' though I didn't finish him...

 

Anyway, drybrushing teaches a lot about controlling paint consistency - you're trying to get it 'dry', thus paying close attention to how it's coming off the brush. And the physical brush motions learned in drybrushing help when you want to use 'wet brushing', basically dry brushing with normal paint to lightly hit raised surfaces.

 

Thanks for sharing, it's always good to see someone getting back into things and you'll enjoy having this record of your progress down the road.

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