WIP WW1 german fighter pilot, Josef Mai, Stormtroopers BoxArt

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Arsies, May 30, 2012.

  1. Arsies Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Hi all.

    I'm starting to paint this excelent bust from StormTroopers. 1/9 scale I think, so a little bigger than young for example.

    Casting is great, cleaning was not difficult ad took not so much time.

    I'll paint it with acrilics, vallejo model color, citadel (old and new paints), and some andrea colours. My intention is to paint it 85% with airbrush. I usually use this tool in 2 very different ways. One of them I use ofr big pieces like this is using transparent layers to add colour to a pre-enlighted piece. Is something like working with oils, where you aply a transparent layer on an acrilics base, then you add lights and shadows and when oils is dry repeat the entire process.

    For this WIP I will take pictures with a light box and a compact camera (Lumix FX10). For final pictures I will take them with natural light and a reflex camera Olympus E420, so please be gente with WIP pics because they are only fast pics.

    I have not so much time to explain what i'm doing, and as I'm working with transparent layers I think colour receipts are not usefull for nobody. If I use too much green on one layer I will correct it in the next one adding more red, so in fact I could use only primary colours to paint in this way, but it's faster if I try to achieve the final colour directly.

    Hope pictures explain for themselves.

    Please remeber english is not my fisrt languaje so maybe i could write something wrong.

    Fisrt of all a grey primming

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    Then a black and white primming. I can do B/W directly but using grey at first i can add black and white with only fast spray touches so it seems to be smoother

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    First flesh transparent layer, as you can see i do not cover primming because i want to keep the lights and shadows it have.

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    Fisrt transparent Shadow layer

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    Second transparent shadow layer and first light layer

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    Marked light points with normal brush. Not worried about cleaning

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    Repeated the entire process.

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    As colour achieved was too red I repeat again with medium tones adding blue and green.

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    A little more definition with normal brush, light points, inlines, moustache and eyes. Some tones added.

    009.jpg
  2. Pops Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Your command of English is just fine! And your pictures speak for themselves. I am inspired to get on and use my new airbrush now. One question; what ratio of acrylic to thinners do you recommend? Thanks
    David
  3. bagelman1952 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    I have just invested in an airbrush but I think it will be a while before I can achieve what you have just done on the face
  4. stu A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Coming along very nicely javier

    Following

    Stuart
  5. napoleonpeart Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Javier ,

    Thanks for taking the time to post this SBS , no matter about the english..a picture speaks a thousand words in any language .............don't forget to get the colour mixes on the SBS ....

    Be really interesting to see how you treat the coat

    Keep it coming

    Nap
  6. Meehan34 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    An SBS from Arsies is a real treat. Thank you for taking the time to do this. It is not very often that forums get to see a real master at work.
  7. FigureLover A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi Javier
    Very nice so far and I can see where you are heading with it. Its great to see how the masters do it, with their techniques. Cant wait to see how you prgress
    Ben
  8. megroot PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    Netherlands
    very nice work. Never paint a bust with a airbrush. But it seems very afective.
    Perfect work so far.

    marc
  9. phc35 Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I have this bust coming in the mail.Your pictures make me even more wanting this kit in mu hands now!

    Jay
  10. housecarl Forum Moderator

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Superb face Javier.
    Carl.(y)
  11. Arsies Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Well, I have to paint the jacked in a very dark grey. I will add several transparent layers of grey a little darker than the previous one each time. I'll try to keep the colours in the lights, but it's too difficult because the material that I have to match does not reflect light so much and it's so flat. That means that If I add so much light or satin colours it would look as leather, but if I do not add enought light it would look as unpainted so I have to reach a balance. That's not an easy colour with that material. It would be so easy with leather.

    First grey layer (I uded field grey because I want some green on the base)

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    Second layer

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    First shadow work

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    I need some bases around the jacket to get a little contrast. Remember colours looks different according colours that they have around.

    013.jpg

    Some shadows and light points with normal brush. Again I don't care about cleaning.

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    Not I tried to integrate those points and add some red and dark to the shadows to gain constrast

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    Some medium tones to give richer effect. Remember those are fast pics, in fact colour is much darker that here

    016.jpg

    Some inlines and outlines to the jacket, a concept for the glases and a new base to trousers. I thought they need a more vivid colour to give the jacket a darker ratio. I have some freedom to choose colour because seems that those trousers were not part of the uniform and there was a lot of private purchasing.

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    Airbrush light work

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    shadows

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    Inlines and outlines. Added some light points. I think that I would need some more intense light points on the jacket. Maybe at the end I will have to back to this.

    020.jpg
  12. Arsies Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Thank you all for comment. Hope you are liking the SBS. I'm sorry again for fast pics, but i really don't have enought time to mount the photo-studio each time i paint a new element.

    Well this usually depends on the work you are going to do. I usually work with around 55-60% thinner. But for transparent layers like this I have to use 75% thinner. If i want to add texture I use around 40% thinner.
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  13. Pops Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Many thanks for replying. :)
  14. bagelman1952 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    WOW incredible use of the airbrush. I really need to experiment with mine. Thank you for all this information.
  15. housecarl Forum Moderator

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Excellent progress Javier, and thanks for taking the time to photograph each stage.
    Carl.(y)
  16. Arsies Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Ok, Only a little update today.

    First of all I'll paint the base of the fur lining, clear brown, close to white, maybe ivory or something else.

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    Then I enlighted it one by one. It'0s harder and slower than a dry brush, but at the end it should look better. Doing in this way we can gain a lot of volume.

    022.jpg

    Another light and a little dark brown wash

    023.jpg

    Here I painted the Tunic, Field grey, Enlighted with suny skin tone and spcewolf grey, Shadows with scorched brown and black, airbrushed too.
    by the way I was not so happy with the jacket so I worked on the cenital effect adding black to the downest part and some light with flesh in the upper one.

    024.jpg

    For the Hat I first of all add lights and shadows with a dirty texture, pointing with an old brush

    025.jpg

    Then i clean only a little adding a smoth airbrush texture. To do this I used not so much thinner and soft presure.

    026.jpg

    Inlines and outlines

    027.jpg

    And I had time to take some better pcitures with the reflex camera. Those are fast too, so the colour is a little red. Real colour is in the middle with the other ones (wich are a little green), but light and constrat are like those.

    You can see that I painted a base to the hat's fur lining. I'll do it in a dark brown to enclose the face

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  17. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Really nice work and I'm enjoying following your progress. (y)

    Roger
  18. bagelman1952 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    I cannot see how you paint using the airbrush without overspraying other colours. The tunic especially.
  19. Arsies Active Member

    Country:
    Spain
    well, I'm using airbrush everyday several hours since 2009. I started with 30mm miniatures, now i can paint around 70% of a 30mm with airbrush without masking, so, a 1/9 bust is in fact SO BIG for me, it's easy if you work a lot.

    Remember nothing is impossible if you don't know it.
  20. housecarl Forum Moderator

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Nothing wrong with that.;)
    Carl.(y)

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