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    • By R2ED
      I bought this little model at a local game store that had it in the clearance bin.  I thought it looked cool, I love Star Wars, so why not buy it?  However, a year ago, I wasn't at the level to paint it.  I primed it.  Based it.  And then let it sit for a loooooong time on the shelf without touching it.  
       
      Today was the day.
       
       

       
      BATTLE REPORT!
       
      This was a great model for me to test layers on.  Over the last 4 models I've painted, I've really picked up a new rhythm and life for painting, which feels so good to get some wind back in my sails.  I still have to finish the desert-ish base for Greedo, but I think his paint job looks solid.
       
      Wins:
      * Keeping my palette of colors out and planned helped so much!  I've picked my layering colors, laid them out in the wet palette and am saving time.  
      *  Mixing colors is also much easier by keeping similar tones.  In his vest, and arm/pant panels, I used leather as the base.  In his pants and jacket, I used a stormy gray to highlight up.  
      *  Alien Flesh!!!  I've been sitting on this color, I don't know how long.  I was thinking, "Gosh, if only I had a light green that would work with an alie...OH MY GOD!
      *  Learning my own recipe of water-to-paint ratios to allow for washes feels great!  Gives my painting more flexibility.
      *  Eyes.  When they are that big, it makes it pretty easy to do them.  I need to work on the reflections still, but I am happy with them.  Using Indigo Blue and up to Rich Indigo then mixing in white up to white.  Works.
       
      Misses:
      *  Got sloppy twice and ended up swiping leather color over my pants and jacket 2 times.  Thankfully I could catch and fix, but it was a few 'choice words' I may have said when I did it.  
      *  Used a blue tack for the handle I was using and unfortunately, it didn't stick as well to my homemade metal base.  It nearly fell into the paint palette.  He nearly ended up as messy as my shorts.  I nearly crapped myself.  Also followed by more choice words.
      *  I tried using brown liner around the jacket and separation in the pockets on the vest, but it just didn't work like I had hoped.  I need to learn how to darken in a similar color without going too dark and stark of a change.  
       
      Would love to hear your feedback.  Let me know what you think can be improved or worked on.  I appreciate any and all comments.
       
      Here's my process photos and my inspiration image.
       


       

       

       

       

       

       
       
    • By R2ED
      I realize it's not the weekend, when I usually post up my work, but I'm on a roll lately and decided to push my luck. 
       

       
      I'm trying to continue to push the values, contrast, and simplify my colors.  
       
      Tried to keep her to hero colors: Blue, Purple, Red, and some leather.
       
      The real win in this model was the hair.  I'm so, so, so, so happy with the hair.  Sure, it's on the bold yellow of blonde, but I got the volumes of it.  Finally!  I've taken a lot of feedback on the hair and just didn't get it.  This one finally lined up and blonde felt doable.  Keeping the highlights toward where the light hits the bend in the hair has been really tough for me, so this was a win.
       
      Other feedback I used from prior posts that I was given:
      1.  Used brown liner to, well, brown line things.  
      2.  Pushed the colors as high as I could.  Actually the boots are a good example I went too far and it looks less blended.
      3.  Layered the paint lighter and took more layers to get desired result.
      4.  Have your palette out first and don't just keep reaching for the next color.  (Big, big win)
       
      The areas that still needed help are her skin, the eyes, that weird leather satchel, the detail on the leather straps, edge highlighting, but all that - I still think the hair was my happy moment.
       
      Here's the pictures of the progress.
       

       

       

      By the time I got here, I was struggling and really, really rethinking my color choices.  I accidently used the purple in the area I meant to use tan.  Just keep going with it because that's a learning experience in itself.

       

      Here is where I darkened the leather and red areas with a succubus kiss wash.  I needed to deepen the leather color and help bring some shade forward.  Questionable doing that again...
       

       
      Tried to give her blue eyes and then realized that was not working.  Went right back to the black dot.  Wah wah.

    • By R2ED
      Got this one done and feeling pretty good about it.  I'm leaning into thinner paints and smoother transitions.  This was a fun one. 
       

       
      As always I'd love your feedback.  
       
      (I love his shield) 
    • By R2ED
      I was focused on speed, not detail.  This was trying to work them with as few colors as possible.  The more I look at them, the more they look lik ea value sketch more than a painted model, but I'm looking for where to go with them.
       
      Another thing I need to know, is what do you all do with eye sockets?  How do you paint them or what do you do with them?
       
      For the woman zombie, I used an ink pen and am kind of miffed that it turned out than other eyes I put way more time into.  I know I can use this in conjunction with painting, but just dotting it came out pretty believable.  I think some of that is the fact it's a dead stare, so of course, just a wash and a dot does fine.  I would be curious to know how any one else uses the pens and paint in combo.
    • By R2ED
      It's the weekend and that means it's time to paint!
       
      Got two zombies up for some WIP.  
       
      I'll just start by saying - leave me any feedback you've got.  I'm open to hearing and improving from it.
       

       

       
      BATTLE REPORT!
       
      #1 - Buster Jaws
      Wins:
      * Really taking to this whole wet blending thing.  I used two colors further apart from each other in value and tried to test myself to push them together.  There's two different sets of this in both the pants and the shirt.  
      *  I am trying to keep the 'mother color' as I've heard it called in mind.  Since it's Halloween month, I figured orange would be a good one.  It was  hard to add it in to nearly all the colors, but it did come out well.
      *  Trying to push the bloody look on his shirt with some Magenta ink looks nice and fun (and gross).  My daughter was not fond of these two, which tells me I'm on the right path.
      *  Setting a goal of about 30 minutes for this was a tough one, but I think given the time I tried to do it in, limiting my palette, and pushing the colors worked great.
       
      Misses:
      *  Skin color.  It's just not dead enough.  Need suggestions on your favorite zombie and ghoul skin recipe.
      *  Hair.  What the hell does dead hair look like?  How can I make it look more "fresh out of the grave" and less "fresh out of the salon"?
      *  I attempted value sketching with ink and then overlaying a really lite wash of paint.  Not sure I dig it, but it worked.  Barely.  No pun intended.  You can see the value sketch below.
       
      Mr. I Suck At Dabbing
      Wins: 
      *  This was actually the first of the wet blends so it didnt' get pushed as far, but the blending still worked great.  Speed, speed, speed!
      *  Knowing I have to give up a little of my detail to get a faster result is a good balance.
      *  I learned that this was where I could watch where the folds in the clothing were and step up the highlights in those area, which I applied to my following model.
       
      Misses:
      *  Eyes, hair, and skin again.  Not sure what I should have done different, but I know I should have done something.
       
       
      Here's the progress pictures (numbered)
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