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acrylic painting question

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by godfather, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. godfather Member

    I am trying my hand at figure painting with acrylics 1/35th scale. I would like to know how you highlight large areas of clothes like the upper back without leaving a clear demarcation line.
  2. Flyingkiwi New Member

  3. Kyle Member

    With acrylics, it's all about layering: applying progressively darker (or lighter), very washed out shades of your original base color (i.e. red, red with a touch of brown, red mixed with brown evenly, brown-red, brown, dark brown, black-brown, etc). That's how you can blend contrasts, create highlights, accentuate shades, etc. The trick is to err on the side of caution and start with what looks like tinted water - just enough color to leave a subtle result, and then reapplying the shade, mixing with the next gradation of shading, and so on. You have to experiment with what can be a lot of fun.

    Some resources that might help, and which have helped me:



    Also, there are lots of articles within pF from very capable painters, such as these links:

    On painting and shading reds: http://www.planetfigure.com/forums/index.p...topic=10055&hl=

    On painting faces: http://www.planetfigure.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1208

    I am only a year into painting, and there are many more qualified painters on pF to help you, but perhaps this will give you a start.


    Kyle ;)

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