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I have seen this done on other models, and I was wondering what I need to do to replicate it:
If you've ever thumbed through the Inquisitor rulebook, or more recently the 40K rulebook, you may have seen the "oil painting" type artwork that's included. Additionally, many people have seen real oil paintings in art galleries. My question is simple-
How do I paint a 3D model to look like it just stepped out of an oil painting? I'd like to use this method on some of my high elf models, and maybe even my new marines army.
Given how versatile oil paint is I'm not really sure what you're aiming for- could you find any examples?
Also it occurs to me that it may be an effect on the photograph rather than on the model it'self.
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I think you need to post a picture of the effect you are looking for. Many oil paintings are bumpy and uneven.
I have used oil paints for washes and have received great effects from them. You need to add a tiny amount of oil to the model (little spots of it) then add white spirit to the model, washing it with a soft brush. The oil wash will take a while to dry but can be moved again with further white spirit or removed. You will need to seal the model after oil washes as you can touch the oill and it will come off on your fingers. I use a matt enamel spray to seal mine.
That's the problem- I know what I want it to look like, and I know that I've seen this done online, but I've no idea where to find the picture. The guy who did it, is known for his ability as a sculptor first and foremost, and as a commissioned builder/painter. He makes the Greenstuff 'moulds' that he presses armor plates into to create really detailed scroll work and stuff. I thought that I found the link to his site in one of the GS tutorials on this site, but I've used Search and couldn't find it.
What I'm trying to get is something close to that wash but not quite. I want the colors to all sort of bleed together and blend on the model. When I paint with oils, I usually mix my color directly onto the canvas and then spread it into the areas that I want painted. The GW artwork looks more like it might be watercolors, but the effect is the same. The colors are blotchy and best described as ecclectic, and the work "swath" comes to mind
There were no details painted on the model, rather, it was the suggestion of color in the general area that it should go. The head/face was a "smear" of color amidst all the others on the model.
I guess that's what I'm looking for? Some kind of blurry/smeared effect for painting a model.
Scibor?The guy who did it, is known for his ability as a sculptor first and foremost, and as a commissioned builder/painter. He makes the Greenstuff 'moulds' that he presses armor plates into to create really detailed scroll work and stuff.
I suppose to analyse the surfaces as a painting and to look at it as though it were a painting to decide where to paint- the application of paint would be much the same.
(It does sound like Scibor)
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EXCELLENT! Thanks to those who pointed out Scibor's AMAZING talent, I was able to locate the exact picture which I had in mind. Now... does anyone know how this paint-GOD makes his models look so "painterly"?
I guess I'm just looking for a starting block. I see that he uses NMM to a grand effect, but the other colors are muted and blended. How does he achieve that part?
I think that the best displays of what I'm trying to achieve are (obviously) the first 2 pictures, and also the shield and laurels of the Dark Angel model. The Custodes look very good, but they don't have quite the same feel as the other pieces. The Space Wolf model is mostly an example of his 'lighting' work, but even the lighting effect doesn't look realistic, but more artistic.
Sorry for being so difficult
Practice practice practice? Yes it does look like those were done with oils, but that's not really the information you need. Oil painting is about the medium as much, or more so, than the particular paints (unless you're using really low end student pigments or something.)
The choice of mediums and medium recipes is information I wish you well in persuading him to divulge. Lots of famous painters happily took those secrets to their grave!
The other thing to realize is that depending on the medium, they can take days to fully dry. The long working life is probably a big part of what makes it look what you describe as 'painterly.' You can work and massage the pigments into just the way you want them for a while after applying them, and work the edges in and out. Unlike acrylics which are mostly just 'there' after they hit the mini.
paint god? pheh, he's not that much hot stuff, hes just uber prolific, and that's what impresses me. Go to coolminiornot and look at the new auctions section of the frontpage. See? 7-8 are scibor sculpts or painted marines. every. day.
Oh, and this is what a real paint god does... (the paint zeus, so to speak)
I DID NOT PAINT THIS!!!
I DID NOT PAINT THIS!!!
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