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What is drybrushing? What does it accomplish?
drybrushing is a technique where you take a bit of paint on your brush and dab it until only a light transfer of color occurs and then you brush it onto your figure. It should leave behind just a faint amount of the pigment and tend to stay to the higher areas of the model.
This is usually seen as a beginner method of doing highlights.
Personally I only use drybrushing on certain things such as rocks, and other basing elements and try to keep it to a minimum on the actual figure as it tends to build up in a chalky unrealistic manner. A better method for adding highlights to a figure would be to layer up color or use wet blending.
Last edited by slorak; August 11th, 2005 at 01:05.
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Drybrushing is getting barely any paint loaded on your brush and then "dusting" your model with your brush so the paint on the brush only builds up on the raised bits of your model. IMO if done properly drybrushing is great effect and absolutely essential especially if your painting lots of models(i.e. Tyranids).
Try searching LO as I'm sure this subject has been talked about numerous times before or alternatively you can go surfing on Google or some other search engine.
Hope that helps.
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if you paint WHFB minis drybrushing is essential if you are painting any fur or mail- its a quick and easy technique that when used properly really lifts a rank and file paint job- use old brushes though because it can wreck them!
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Drybrushing is very convenient, I see lots of people use it for everything from highlighting to weathering to textured surfaces. It looks great in most cases too. I use it most for metallics. I paint black and drybrush the metallic over, and it looks weathered and realistic.
dry brushing is also good for weathering, water damage, and stains