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Leather (Tricorn) Tutorial

Discussion in 'Acrylics' started by SimonMoon, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. SimonMoon Active Member

    Sup Folks?

    Here is a little Step by Step about how I did the Leather Tricorn of Jack Morgan, the Left-Handed from Black Crow Miniatures

    I hope you enjoy and I can make myself clear.

    If you have any questions feel free to ask as usual in the comments ;)


    Okay before we start please think about if you want to place all
    necessary colors and mixes on your palette before you start. Because this technique is quite fast and you can separate some of your mix, thin it down and using it to "erase" minor mistakes with the previous color. However, I will explain it again in a later step.


    Step I
    Prime your surface.
    I decided here for a 2k priming.

    Step II
    Basecote the surface.
    perfect coverage is not needed.
    Here it's good to start with the darkest tone of the color you would like to archive.
    I used a dark brown(Shadow Rust from AMMO by Mig Jimenez ) with a tip of black for my worn out leather base.

    Step III
    Bringing in more color.
    For now you can lay down your brush and grab some blister sponge instead.
    Rip off a piece of sponge and slightly dip it into the next color and BEFORE touching your surface always unload it with s few dabs on a piece of kitchen towel until It only leaves more cloudy marks than blobs.
    Than gently apply it in a dabbing motion.
    You don't need to be precise just try to make it random.
    This layer should "cover" most of the surface but leave shadows in deep spots. I used for this step a reddish mid brown mix out of Old Rust & Dark Rust (also both from AMMO by Mig Jimenez)
    If you hit any spots you don't want to pick up your brush and some of the previous color, thinn it down a bit and "erase" this way all spots you don't like. But still have in mind that you want to archive a random and uneven appearance!

    Step IV
    Repeat step III with the next color but this time cover less of the surface and try to keep some kind of "border" between the darker color and this one.
    Here I choose a lighter more yellowish tone. Therefore I separated some of the mix I did before and added a little bit flat yellow (Light Rust again from AMMO by Mig Jimenez) to it.
    As after each of this steps you can again use the previous colors to "clean up"

    Step V
    Again repeat the process but this this time with a pure Rust Yellow color (I used pure Light Rust).
    This time you can color a bigger area with this but only go strong along the edges and the most raised spots. Don't worry if it looks a bit too bright now we will fix this later with a wash.

    Step VI
    Okay one last time we dabbing. But only and very gently the most raised areas. Here I used Freshly Cut Timber from AK-Interactive)
    From now on you can switch back again to your brush.
    Use some of your dark brown color from step II and add some fine scratches here and there.
    Highlight the scratches with a 85-15 mix of your highlight color and the one from step II)

    Step VII
    Next to increase our scratches. There for try to paint a fine full black line within your dark brown line you did before.
    Same with the highlights but of course with pure highlight color (if it's not strong enough for you add a Tipp of white)
    You don't need to overpaint the entire line simple high & lowlight them.

    Step VIII
    Once all that is done give it all a good wash of a Brown/Sepia tone and you're done this far.

    I hope you enjoyed and I could make myself clear.
    If you have any questions feel free to ask as usual in the comments ;)

    Simon Moon
  2. Nap Moderator

    Hi Simon ,

    That is great really useful ..do share more of your SBS

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  3. Paul Kernan A Fixture

    Thanks Simon. Very much appreciated(y)
    SimonMoon likes this.
  4. SimonMoon Active Member

    Thank you :) more you will find on my FB Page ;) You don't need a account or log in ;) It's free fore all :)
    napoleonpeart likes this.
  5. pmfs A Fixture

    Thank you for this helpful sbs.

  6. DaddyO A Fixture

    Cheers Simon

    (Nice paint job on the thumb too) :p

    OldTaff likes this.
  7. John Bowery A Fixture

    Thank you,
  8. Jim Active Member

    Thanks for the S-B-S.
    Nice to see I'm not the only one who tests colors on his thumb or fingernail...:LOL:

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