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I can paint fairly well but not great. Is there a guide somewhere online telling you how to highlight and ink and such? I think if I knew how I could do alot better.
1.) Repitition. Painting skills increases, atleast I believe through practice... and it would just randomly come to you haha.. atleast for me
2.) GW "How to paint" book, though thats only if you want to cash in money.
3.) Various websites:
only site i have on the top of my head.
Basically ask around, such as this forum, and go to others too. I find it very helpful to get all kinds of advice and as much advice I can.
my 2 cents.
I found that I couldnt paint easily either and I still not an expert having only painted a small amount of models, but what I found out is that mistakes are to be expected and nt to panic, as you can always paint over them. I got a load of tips from my local GW, they were really helpful. I still aint very good, but I learned all about washes and inking.
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Try different techniques, I often use wet colors when I do my layering that way the colors melt together.
Listen to other painters everyone have there own tricks or way to paint. This is how I do it.
I donâ€™t know if this works for you, but maybe it can give you some help.
I'd say the best way to learn to paint is through pracrice ... making mistakes and improving them! Helps you make your own painting technique ... sites can always help but honestly I believe it's just best to learn through practice and maybe ask around here and your local hobby store
I agree... Practice makes perfect. You can't expect to be an expert straight away. Just get cracking any see how you go.
yep Practice is needed, and the will to try new things or you never improve as a painter.
If you just speed paint your models then you can paint 500 and still paint the same way. Take your time and you can be a good painter after 20-50. I sad good not excellent.
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I agree with everything my LO brethren have said with the addition of the following:
- Try something new. When you're comfortable with dry-brushing then try layering. When you're comfortable with layering then try wet-blending. Don't get stuck in a rut...always try to add a new trick/technique to your painting arsenal.
- Try something weird. I've used my leftover cold coffee (tea works as well) to darken up browns and fleshtones and even used it as a wash to good effect. Sponges, a used toothbrush, soot from a burnt plastic sprue can all be used for some great effects.
Don't get so wrapped up in your pursuit for zen-like painting perfection that you lose sight of the fact that mini painting is supposed to be fun. Hell, my favorite minis are the ones I've painted and know have flawed paint jobs (some more flawed than others) but that's what makes them unique and special.
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One thing that used to help me a lot was to find a picture of something I really liked and tried to paint it as closely as I could get it.
Now it is easy to get a hold of information. These forums are a great spot, individual painter sites yield useful information, there are now several books, etc. I still feel the internet is the best thing to happen to this hobby as it has opened up the potential for passing along information.
Usually all you have to do is ask for what you want to know and you will find a plethora of answers.
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Quite a few tutorials here, ranging from one-line tips and tricks, beginner articles, and ranging to some fairly advanced techniques. This also has articles on basing and such, which can contribute tremendously to the look of a completed mini.