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what would you use to highlight blood red? i was thinking a blood red/white mixture but i'm not sure. any ideas?
I use blazing orange. Though it depends what other colours you're using.
I use various oranges like blazing orange, macharius solar orange or fire orange. Don't mix white into the red or your just going to end up with a pastel pink color.
red + white makes pink so, maybe not what you were going for.
(even if you make a crisp white highlight on the red, it'll look pinkish on the table)
an orange will make for a warm highlight.
and is by far the most common used.
There are other ways of going about it, but not really easy to do without messing with blending and such.
If orange is too... orangey, then you could use a red ink/wash to tone it down afterward.
If you don't like that idea, and don't want to use orange, try mixing it with blood red. Whatever you do, do NOT use white to lighten. As has been said, you'll get a pastely pink, and who wants that? Besides the Emperor's Children, I mean.
Blood Red + White can look alright if you don't use too much white. Give both a go and see which one you like better.
Blazing Orange followed by Fiery Orange. Or you could go Blood Red/Bronzed Flesh 75% 25% and follow up with a red ink wash.
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thanks guys i didn't even realize it would make pink lol. i'm gonna try oranges that sounds like the proper way to go
Y'know, I would actually highlight it with a reddish-purple, giving it a more subdued look...
If you want an overall blood red look I would suggest actually starting with a much darker red and then using blood red as your highlight. The overall appearance with be blood red depending on how much area you end up painting blood red - but you will also have a nice dark base for the shadows giving a richer overall appearance.
Here is my formula for red:
Vallejo model color burnt cadmium red (a red brown)
Brown ink wash over it
1st highlight vallejo burnt cadmium red
2nd highlight scab red (vallejo game color)
3rd highlight gore red (vallejo game color)
(between the gore and the scab I am not sure which one is the darker but basically darker red 2nd highlight, the lighter red the 3rd highlight)
I finish this up with the blood red. You can substitute the brown ink wash for a purple one to get a more maroon effect as well...
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