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Using the long weekend to my advantage, I got a decent paint in on this guy. Meet Gronk.
Trying to do a more comic-style paint job, I did less wash and more highlights with bold color.
* The two-toned leathers look fun and eye catching where they need to be.
* Staying to as simple color-scheme as possible helped me draw this one to a close. (Brown, Orange, Green, ivory, red)
* The eyes came out really good and I finally managed one of those little reflective white dots in the corner of the right eye.
* Opting to not color-up every single ribbon or fold as a new color and simply stick to the simple palette helped me keep pushing forward.
* The shield came out great! If you look close on the edges and near the dents, there's small orange highlights that are really faint. Probably my favorite small thing on this model.
* Not digging his green skin highlights. Did a Green base, then ink wash, then went back over with same green, then brought up by adding white. Placement of the highlights is off as well as not understanding light. Crux for me.
* Metal sword over all has a good look to it. Can't seem to use the Vallejo Metals for edge highlighting. Too runny. Need to swap to regular metal paints and use edge of brush. Love the Metals, but they are so thin and spread so quickly.
* Struggled with doing boots. I want to darken them, but using black just seems too easy. When they are super dark, I can't figure out how to bring the color up. Lame.
* On the dino skull on his shoulder something bad happened. I went over it with bone color like 3 times to make sure it was thick enough. Then did a wash to bring out the dips and dirty it up a little, but I guess pulled up the bone color before it dried - even though it was sitting for 15 or more minutes before I hit it. That sucked. Fixable, but not sure why I hate that color so much.
* Learning how to be 'subtle' is something I need to develop. It's almost like I'm needing to see big swings in the color to make my eye train to it being different, but the reality is subtle would be better.
It's been a while since I've posted anything to WIP, but I'm trying to get my mojo back. This particular model has had a few new things applied to it that I was testing, but am not totally happy with. The main thing is I'm getting paint down and learning as I go, but there's a few questions I have:
1. Ink washes - so, I'm getting a lot of pooling when using them. I'm using DR inks with a drop of ink, drop of flowaid, and a touch of water. This leaves it glossy and pooled in places pretty badly. Tried going to ink and flow aid only so it'd drift more into the recesses, which helped, but still not solving it. then I tried less ink by dabbing my brush in just a touch into the ink, then utilizing the flowaid to dilute what's on the brush in a little pool. All in all I'm having difficulty finding what is the right balance. Any tips here?
2. Oil paints. I finally went for the James Wappel special here and attempted some oils. This didn't pan out super well and could be the paint-to-alcohol I used. My assessment was it was too thick and I didn't know how much to dab off with a sponge. The skin color worked okay, but needed a big highlight application with acrylics after the oils dried (waited more than a week). I tried testing washes with this stuff by doing the 'blot test' on a paper towel to see if it spread out, which kind of worked. However, the effect of the oils spread further into areas I didn't want. Probably my area of weakness here is not knowing how to clean it up as much. I think the dilution on the wash is correct, but the cleanup needs some learning.
3. Overall difficulty I'm experiencing right now is trying to do too many things. This particular model had oils first, then washes, then let it dry because I was mad at it for like 2 weeks and didn't want to touch it. Came back to it this morning wanting to finish it, but still not thrilled with the outcome. I think the color balance might be off or my choice of colors isn't strong enough.
4. Rope:what the hell color are you using on rope? The rope that runs across his chest, on the club, on the barrel - I'm lost in what color to use. I thought I'll use a Ochre Yellow and then wash over it in a brownish color to bring it down. It's...yellow. Not intended. Then I thought maybe use an ivory and dye it down. Need some input here.
I know this guy isn't "bad", but he's not awful. I just don't feel like the progress was as strong with him and I'm struggling right now with what to do and how to approach it. I thought maybe getting a post in here and having people drop some feedback to me might help me get things back together. Always love the help y'all provide.
I need to get into the swing of things again before Bones 5 delivery - so now more than ever gotta keep that flame burning.
3rd animal done this weekend, but feeling good making some good progress. Still trying my best to commit to getting a few done every weekend.
* I watched another Dr. Faust painting video (the dude is my hero) and gathered some thoughts on how I wanted to approach this wolf. Browns, tans, and a pink little tail.
* The two tones of Rust (Dark and Light) blended well across the two fur areas. Bringing up the highlights from there was much easier using family of colors.
* Being VERY gentle with drybrushing and not rushing it, like I have in the past. Thanks to much feedback I took a different approach on this and feel like it improved the outcome.
* I deepened some of the areas with Agrax Earthshade, but it didn't come out with as much definition as I wanted, so I swapped out for a glaze of German Black/Brown and it helped them a lot. Win.
* Tusks look great, but took me about 5 different layers to get there.
* So...I clearly rushed my cleaning on this one and I kept finding more and more little mold lines. It was making me crazy. Shame on me!
* The mouth isn't as clean as it should be. The coloration could be a brighter pink or something.
* The exposed bone on the head the more I look at it, the less I like it. Not sure how I can improve this, though. Thoughts?
* Eyes, much like the bunnies were just black. Needs something else to help it pop.
* Is the pink tail weird?
* On the tail portion, I did laugh to myself making the nutsack stand out, but whoever made this model made that detail. I laughed, but it needed to be done. Sorry not sorry.
It took about an hour and a half, so I'm pretty happy with speed on this one. Next up - basing. Love the feedback if you've got any.
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