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    Painting faces with bad eyesight and shaky hands!

    Howdy, I have some difficulties with painting faces, I don't know the term for it in english, but my eyes can't focus on objects close to them, I see double then

    I don't have very shaky hands, it's most the eyes that are the problem.

    What I am looking for is a technique that doesn't require that intriquite (spelling?!) fiddling that I currently have to do...

    tips tips tips!


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    Well, the only advice I can give (and that's what I do, and I just started painting a few months ago) is to use inks. A thinned ink gives the face a lot more dept to start with. Eventually after that you could do a drybrush with a lighter shade.

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    East way:
    Cover the face with a coat of dark flesh over a black undercoat.
    Do some rough highlights with tanned flash (like on the nose, the chins and the cheek).
    Wash some more dark flesh on this.

    Done!

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    Paint with one eye closed?
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    Depth Perception?

    Can't really see where I am aiming then :p

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    paint from a distance.:book: :book:

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    Well, another thing to try is to buy a magnifying lens. The kind that have a built-in lamp and are free-standing like an adjustable lamp. That way, when you hold the mini farther away, you will still be able to see the tiny details.

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    well you could try doing the face first start with a simple basecoat it dousnt need to be too clean just enough for coverage that drybrush the next layer up, then again how ever many times you want then just dot in the eyes this will be cool cause then you can just go back and paint anything that goes off the face the base coat. May I also suggest working on a white base coat rather than black it may be easyier to see without leaning in. If white is still very hard give it a thin wash of brown or other suitable color this will sink into the crevases and make detail easier to pick out.
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    Now, if your goal is to have painted faces (rather than simply not having unpainted or badly painted faces) this is completely useless. However, consider trying to stick to models without exposed faces or where the exposed portions are fairly minimal so that you can get away with just a dab of flesh color. If you're painting models where you can't really avoid the faces (such as IG) you can attempt to fashion helmets, gas masks, rebreathers, or something else like that out of green stuff. A simple scarf or mask held over the face, leaving only a thin slit for the eyes, may be simple (I haven't tried) enough to do, Simply ink the slash black to make it look shadowed, and paint the rest of the mask how you would paint any other cloth.

    Really, the gist of all of this is just that you can try to avoid the faces altogether if you have problems with them.
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    Well, first off, you could get one of those big magnafying glass things that many model painting people use, then you could look at the model from farther away, but still quite clearly obviously... or get glasses? XD

    Otherwise, I would also recommend just going over the face with some shade of flesh colored paint, then a wash of a dark ink. Looks fine.
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