2 New heads - in progress

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Mongo Mel, Jun 7, 2005.

  1. Mongo Mel Active Member

    Hi everyone,
    Haven't posted anything for like a month. Just haven't been able to make any decent progress until this past weekend. I've got 2 busts on the workbench right now. The first is the old Ft. Duquesne El Cid bust. This thing is huge! Here's a shot of the face...

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  2. Mongo Mel Active Member

    The second is another copy of the Bonapartes Confederate officer bust.
    I'm going for a redhead this time and I'd like to hear what you think of it so far. It's a little shiny but a coat of clear flat will knock that down.
    Also appreciate any feedback you have on the El Cid.

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  3. Guy A Fixture

    El Cid looks good Craig. Once you paint the areas adjoining the flesh, you will see a totally different flesh tone. I think you have it this time (y)
    I'll ;ook forward to seeing this area painted in and how it effects the flesh.
  4. Brad S Member


    Looking great so far. That El cid bust looks real interesting. Cant wait to see it all.

    Brad Spelts
  5. megroot A Fixture


    I like both the faces, but the El Cid looks a very angry shouting man.
    Looking forward to see him finished.

  6. Mongo Mel Active Member

    Hi guys,
    Thanks for the comments.
    The El Cid bust is listed as 1/5th. It must be some 7 or 8 inches tall and weighs a ton.
    The picture of the El Cid is lit a bit brightly and the greenish shade isn't as strong in normal light. I'm trying something here that I read in a magazine for the hair. I painted it Naples Yellow and let that dry. then I srarted applying heavy washes of Raw Umber and Sepia and blended them out a bit and this was the result. I like it because it doesn't look as monochromatic hair usually does for me. You're right Guy, I'm curious to see how it looks after the areas around the face and beard are painted.
    Also, the figure came with a big nose guard (I assume it's a part of the helmet) that really covered up the face. I've opted to leave it off and I patched the mounting hole. Maybe not accurate but it looks better to me.
    Thanks again,
  7. Rob Brown Member

    Great job on both, Craig.
  8. KeithP Active Member

    I like the red head effect. Would you pls share your mix? Is there an acrylic base?

    Thanks :)

  9. Mongo Mel Active Member

    Hi Keith,
    Here's how I painted the Confederate bust.
    First, yes there is an acrylic undercoat. Everything else is oil paint. I airbrush Liquitex Deep Portrait Pink to undercoat for flesh. For the size of this one I just sprayed the entire head.
    For the hair and beard I lightly coated them with Burnt Sienna and gently wiped it off of the tops so that it left a nice stain. Then I added washes of Brown Madder Alizerin and while all this was still wet I gently brushed the highlights with Naples Yellow. I feel I need to go back and add more shadows and highlights so it's not so monochromatic looking.
    Thanks for asking :)
  10. KeithP Active Member

    Thanks Craig. That is definately one of the better red hair treatments I have seen and matches up well with the burnt sienna in your flesh mixes. -Keith

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