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Beginning again, my coming back to hobby.

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by jskaterp, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. jskaterp Member

    Hey guys,
    This is going to be an ongoing WIP blog, showcasing the use of JoSonja's paint. Now I haven't painted in a long time, so C&C is definitely appreciated.

    Blue, Green, and Purple are all done, now to just finish the Browns... but I'm waiting for the rest of my paint order.
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  2. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Great vibrancy of colour, what is it that your painting.
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  3. theBaron A Fixture

    Welcome back to the hobby!

    I think your highlights and shadows look good, and I agree with Bob, the colors are vibrant, good choice of paint!

    Small-scale fantasy or wargame figures, then? Very cool!

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  4. jskaterp Member

    It's a mini from Zombicide:Black Plague

    yeah, 54mm is probably the biggest I'll go.

    I apreciate the feedback guys, and can't wait to get rocking!
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  5. jskaterp Member

    knocked down the color saturation, as I feel it was a bit too much. Can't wait for my browns to come in the mail... I really hate mixing browns.

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    Note Pics cropped by Nap
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  6. theBaron A Fixture

    Not related to painting, but if I many offer a tip on photography, I'd crop the image to get rid of the dead space above the subject.

  7. peedee A Fixture

    The desaturation works well....nice work so far I look forward to seeing more of your skills displayed.

    This could be a great technique on your next figure to only partly desaturate selected areas, using the remaining vibrancy of colour to draw the eye to your favourite part of the sculpt.

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  8. jskaterp Member


    Took me all night to do, but I'm done with the skin-tone... C&C is greatly appreciated.
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  9. peedee A Fixture

    I would definately reduce the contrast.
    it's not working for me at all, pick a mid tone green and add a few controlled washes and it will soften nicely.

    Sorry to sound negative.

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  10. jskaterp Member

    Don't worry about sounding negative, I'm quite used to being critiqued. I'm here to learn and improve, and I can't do that if my cup is already full. Anyhow, like a midtone green wash over everything, or???
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  11. peedee A Fixture

    That's the feeling I get, If I were doing it I'd use it as a wash
    say 80:20 water and paint and just give it a few coats until the contrast softens.
    It wouldn't matter what green colour you use, maybe even the base mid green you have used with the highlight colour in it too
    I would work on the top surface of the arms, then the chest and sides watching how it develops.
    it's a mad fun figure !

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  12. jskaterp Member

    have you painted it before??
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  13. jskaterp Member


    I feel like my light causes even more contrast.
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  14. peedee A Fixture

    No I don't do that sort of figure.

    That has added to the highlights a bit on the upper surfaces,

    Now you can do darker washes of shadow and mid tone to the under surfaces and it will be better.
    To me it has softened, but the more thin washes the more subtle the transitions like these on this busts face.
    1/9th scalen and in different colours, but highlights and shadows were softened in the same way, about 10 very thin washes of Smoke, woodgrain, purple, and chestnut.
    Keep going :)
    downloadfile-4 (2).jpg
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  15. jskaterp Member


    and the big guy is done, pretty proud of him. lemme know what you guys think?
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  16. jskaterp Member

    yeah, I think my process is a little off, I start painting highlights before the shadows... I've been watching a lot of videos and everyone usually paints shadows first...this may be a contributing factor as to why I seem to lose my mid-tones.
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  17. Eludia A Fixture

    If its any help, starting with my mid-tone as my base colour on the palette I mix a strong highlight and a strong shadow - these will be the brightest lights and the darkest shadows on the model. I then mix a 50/50 ish mix of these colours and the mid-tone and end up with a nice graduation of 5 values of colour going from darkest to lightest on my palette.

    I then start putting colour on the model using the famous "stop sign rule" - if it faces up then stick the highlight on it, if it faces down stick the shadow on it, straight ahead gets the mid tone, diagonal up or down get the darker highlight or lighter shadow respectively. Once all your values are mapped out then step back and look at the model to makes sure it looks right, maybe some lights/shadows are in the wrong place or the graduation between two colours is too harsh so make any corrections until you're happy with it. I use a wet palette to stop the mixes drying out as I know I'll probably keep coming back to make corrections/adjustments as I notice them.

    It doesn't really matter whether the shadows or highlights go on first or last, the thing to nail is getting them in the right position on the model :)

    p.s. I also find it helpful to view a black and white image of my progress every now and again. If helps to check the tones/values are in the right place without being distracted by all that lovely colour. If my model still looks ok in black and white then I know I'm on the right track.
  18. jskaterp Member

    Thank you for the detailed and insightful feedback, I will most definitely try that method! so when you're blocking in values, do you only use three or all five?
  19. jskaterp Member


    First attempt at mixing my own flesh tones. The first try came out green, kept mixing and I think I got there?
  20. Landrotten Highlander Well-Known Member

    For your last two postsI am getting 'do not enter' signs (you know: red circle with white horizontal bar - but in light grey).
    Do I need to change some settings for this site so I can see your work?

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