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I just started painting again after almost a 10 year break. This time im determined to learn and master techniques which I didnt used to care about. The first one is highlighting.
After reading several guides I get this picture:
Basecoat with black. Paint the model with a very darkgrey and pretty watered out. Keep mixing colors like this until u reach the preffered color. The thing is, when I water out the second and third layer they pretty much cover eachother (pants on a imperial cadian) since watered out paint fills the gaps instead of the heights. It feels like the process becomes inverted.
Please help me figure out what Im doing wrong
sounds like you have too much paint on the brush. Don't be afraid to wipe some of it off so that it doesn't over saturate and spill to areas you don't want it. Also if it is too runny it will tend to gravitate to the lowest spots. If this is happening even after wiping some of the paint from the brush then maybe you paints are too thin.Originally Posted by Keno
ah that might be the deal. If we take a 5 step highlight, what should the different water ratios be? I really dont know how to mix the color correctly and have been unable to find information about this
For smoother transitions of color you want to make sure that your paint is slightly translucent. This will help blend the edges of the color transition together better. There really is no magic formula. Try to strive for a paint that is thin enough to paint on without streaking and thick enough to where it doesn't run all over the place.
Trial and error will be your friend. Find a happy medium that works for you. The more you do the better you will become.
Happy "medium" might be the trick you're looking for. Some acrylic emulsion polymer such as Golden GAC100. Use a little of that and you'll need less water. With an acrylic polymer you can control your transparancy and your thickness seperately.
I'm still working to perfect it myself but i really think the acrylic polymer helps.
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5 step highlight?
Roughly 25-30 layers
about 15 layers
More layers the better the blend
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