Bolshevik Volunteer, 1919

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Fernando Ruiz, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. Fernando Ruiz Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Hi, all!
    I'm really glad to start an step by step painting process of this espectacular bust:

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    This incredible piece is a present from my friend Yury Serebriakov and, as I'm really pleased to be able to put my brushes on it, I will try to share some of this happiness with all of you :p:p:p

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    The bust comes in one piece and doesn't need almost any preparation prior to painting, excepting the removal of the mold line that runs on its back. After the cleaning job, I repaired the fine wool texture of the coat and hat with a bit of duro and a hard brush:

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    I also have glued in place a steel rod in the lower part of it so it can be attached to the base. I'll try to post more detailed advances, with explanations and paint mixes tomorrow.
    Regards
    FeR

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  2. Johan Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    that's a very nice sculpt, look forward to seeing you paint this one.
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  3. gordy Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    +1 Totally!
  4. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Following!!!
  5. e-junkie Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Wow! Quite original theme and very nice piece. Did your friend Yuri sculped this one on his own?
  6. Fernando Ruiz Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Thanks, guys!
    Yes, Yuri is a talented professional sculptor and made this one on his own :)
    Regards
    FeR
  7. Michael Tse Active Member

    Country:
    HongKong
    Yet another masterpiece from Yuri. His outputs are best painted with love.

    Look fwd to progress updates.
  8. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    As a great fan of Yury's sculpting i will following this with great interest.

    Marc
  9. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Looking forwards to this.
    Carl.
  10. TWOMOONS Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Just a fabulous sculpt...wonderful...great feeling and young, idealistic face.
  11. Fernando Ruiz Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Hi again!

    Thanks guys for your support. I'm sure it will be a nice and fun process!
    First of all, I have to say that I made a mistake with the year in wich I located the subject. Yury has sent me some reference information and it seems that the hat of the bust first appeared in 1919, so the moment should be the civil war that followed the October Revolution.

    Well. Let's start with the eyes.
    The choice of colours for the eyeball is very simple:
    Base: Deck tan + Basic skintone
    Shadows: Base + Blood Red (Citadel)
    Highlights: Base + Ivory
    Final highlights: Ivory (Pure)

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    I started the eyes with two thin layers of the base colour:

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    Then, I mixed a bit of Blood Red with the base tone and applied it as a wash in the borders of the eyeball:

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    A bit of pure Blood Red (very thinned) in the corners of the eyes and the shadows of the eyeballs are done:

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    Now, let's go for the highlights.

    First, I started with the base tone and then added Ivory, taking the lights to the center and the upper part of the eyes:

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    Normally, in smaller scales, you don't take that much trouble in that part but, due to the importance an size of the eyes in this bust, any time spent in them worths it.
    gordy likes this.
  12. Fernando Ruiz Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Let's go with the pupils.

    These are the tones:
    Base: Oxford blue + Chaos Black (Citadel)
    Shadows: Chaos Black (very thinned)
    Highlights: Oxford Blue, Oxford blue + Sky blue and Sky Blue (pure)
    A dot of Chaos Black for the iris and a dot of Offwhite for the reflection.

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    Maybe the most important step in the painting of any face is the centering of the pupils. My trick is to start with a small well aimed dot in the center of each eye and then I expand them until I position them exactly where I want:

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    Now I start to apply the highlights towards the lower right border of the pupil and the shadows in the upper left border (each zone in the opposite side of the other):

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    I paint a black dot in the center of the pupil:

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    And a white one in the side of the shadows to simulate the light reflection:

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    Let's add a shadow below the limit of the upper eyelid and voila!

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    A closer look:

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    The most important thing to have in mind when painting eyes is to try to complete properly each step before entering the next one. Once they are completed, is very hard to go back to mend any previous mistake :(. So it's just a matter of patience (y)

    I also want to show you the palette of mixed colours (in case you have any doubt with the mixes):

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    Next step, the flesh!
    Regards
    FeR
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  13. winston Active Member

    Country:
    France
    Very interesting Sbs on this great bust.

    Thank you, I follow your work in preview to add him in my grey army.
  14. Fernando Ruiz Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Hope it turns out useful.
    regards
    FeR
  15. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Do you varnish the eyes afterwards?
    Excellent SBS, thanks,
    Carl..
  16. Fernando Ruiz Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Spain
    Glad you like it, Carl!
    Yes, I forgot to say that will add a gloss varnish coat to the eyes, but when all the work is done.
    Regards
    FeR
  17. Meehan34 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    excellent sbs.
  18. Paul Kernan A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Fernando
    Thank you so much for the time and energy you have taken to give us this great SBS. Greatly appreciated.
    Paul
  19. rheath Active Member

    Country:
    South-Africa
    Very good mate - great SBS, look forward to further.:p
  20. Robert Laclavik Active Member

    Country:
    Czech-Republic
    Great SBS on painting eyes Fernando! And those eyes are damn good painted!!!(y)
    R.L.

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