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Ok so no matter how hard i try to paint faces they allways come out blotch. if your guys have any tips about painting faces to get the the shading and whatnot down plz do share.
Last edited by erotic despair; August 10th, 2006 at 03:28.
Yeah at least see some of the links at the bottom under similar topics... Might find something enlightening.
If faces are coming out blotchy could it be that you are using too large of a brush - or possibly a brush that is too damaged for that small of an area? If you are drybrushing I would stop that bad habit at once!
Key - after the base coat - is to add lighter shades only to the raised surface of the face. For example the forehead, bridge of nose, cheek bones, chin, sometimes under the eyes... If you keep your paints thin enough you can make translucent blends and the overall appearance will be smoother.
Knowing how to do something however is only half the battle. Take whatever tips you find useful and practice practice practice until you start achieving results you are happy with. By all means share your work so you can gain constructive criticism as you go along. To me that is the best way to learn. Let your peers judge your work and offer ways of improvement. Otherwise we really have no basis to judge your skill.
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HEre y' go man-easy one for you if your looking to get faces done. Now this is a shortcut way of getting great results for Gaming Standard Miniatures, if your looking for Display or GD worth tips...got none lol-
For Human colored Skin White/Tan/Black- Get a 20oz Soda sized plastic bottetop, fill halfway ith water, then pour no more than 3-5 drops of Chesnut Ink in. Mix well, dip brush, spot off the brush on something, apaper towel or whatnot. Then, Drybrush the Inkmix over teh face after the details are done and your good.
BIggest thing is not to rush, and try picking up a Lighting&Magnifying Lamp, like Photographers or Jewlers use, helps greatly. The more you do it, the easier and faster it will come.
i was wondering if faces are easier to paint if you use a light coloured primer?
A light coloured primer wont work unless your are then going to completely paint another base colour over it.
If im going to paint a standard human-type face, this is how I go about it:
-Black spray undercoat (whole model obviously).
-A dark flesh or browny colour (bestial brown mixed with elf flesh), painted over the whole face thinly, but enough to do the job.
I leave the eye-ball and the tiny recesses around it as black.
-Then before doing the flesh colour, I very carefully paint the eyeball white, followed by a
black dot for the pupil. Also if there are any open-mouth details showing, i.e teeth, I do them now too.
-Now i paint (not drybrush) a nice smooth even layer of elf flesh onto the raised parts of the face. But you need to use the highlighting technique so that you dont cover the darker areas & lose the effect. Obviously try very hard not to get any on the eye.
-Then do a final highlight of the highest parts with a lighter flesh colour.
Basically this requires a steady hand and a lot of skill or practice. or both. If you are unable to do it, then I would reccommend the techniques the others have suggested. (base coat-- ink wash-- highlight)
I just dont like ink washes because they ruin finer details like the eyes.
If you want an example of what my technique ends up like, you can check out my corsairs in the Dark elves gallery.
Dark Elves - Game #28 vs High Elves: Draw
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