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Luca's article on painting faces

Discussion in 'Figure News' started by Roc, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
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    Painting the face of a figurine, in my opinion is by far the most satisfying part of figure painting. In the facial expression you can see and feel the soldier’s emotions. I think it is important not to alter the expression created by the sculptor unless it is not up to par..

    My flesh tones:
    After much experimenting, I finally came with this mixture about seven years ago, my flesh tones have already been explained in many Italian figure magazines.

    Base= Titanium white+ Mars yellow +Mars brown and a touch of Raw umber to cool down the mixture.
    To this mixture I add a bit of Windsor Newton odorless mineral spirits , I apply this mixture to the face and let dry under a 60w light bulb.

    After my first application is completely dry, I start painting the eyes.
    I start by painting the whites of the eyes, I paint the eye lashes with ivory black using the same black to paint the pupils, using a sewing needle and some black I carefully and gently round the pupils off, this helps me achieve an almost perfect circle.
    Using a very fine brush, I apply in the middle of the black pupil a little blue circle, being careful not to completely cover the black of the pupil, at this point the eye looks perfect. Almost all my Nordic subjects that I paint have blue eyes, for the only reason that they stand out.

    We shall now move to the painting of the face. I start with the same base as described above to which along with the mineral spirits I add a little linseed oil to make the paints flow smoothly.
    For the highlights I use Mussini clear flesh and for the shadows I mix Mars brown and Raw umber into my base mixture.
    For the cheeks, under the nose and lips , I use Cadmium red to which I add a very small amount of Ivory black, the color should look like red wine.
    Once satisfied with the highlights and shadows the face is finished.

    I f you would like to give your figure a 5 o’clock shadow mix a little bit of Ivory black into the base mixture and apply wet on wet.
    When the face is completely dry you can apply a coat of transparent satin acrylic varnish to the face to replicate sort of a sweaty look.
    All the oil colors are Windsor Newton except for the Mussini flesh color. I can’t guarantee the same results with other brands.

    I hope to have been of some help and would like to thank Rocco for taking the time to do the translation.
    I love the Planet and it is a very great pleasure to cooperate with all my friends in the Planet.

    Your friend
    Luca Olivieri.
  2. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    More pictures.
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    Cheers
    Roc. :)
  3. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Great article Luca. We will put into a PDF format to set it as a seperate article to go into our articles section.

    Thanks Roc for translating Luca's steps for all of us.
  4. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Luca my friend, thank you sharing your technique with all of us through your article,I can assure you that it is appreciated and enjoyed by every member of our world wide comunity.(y)

    Guy,you are very welcome, translating my friend Luca's article was my pleasure. ;)

    Cheers
    Roc. :)
  5. yeo_64 Active Member

    Country:
    Singapore
    GOOD JOB,Roc,for the translation !! THANK YOU,too,Luca,for providing the article for us "planeteers" to appreciate ! Cheers !
    Kenneth.
  6. Blind Pew A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Always good to see how others work, especially when they are such accomplished painters as Luca.
    Thanks for taking the time mate!
  7. Kisifer Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Nice SBS there. Good job both Luca and Roc. I have a question though for Luca. You said that you use Mussini clear flesh for the lights. What exactly is this one? I mean Mussini is the brand. I would like to give it a try so i will need info on how to obtain this color.
    Thanks in advance.
  8. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Rocco and Luca,
    thank you so very much. I just buy the paints. The only that i needed was the Mussini. It is a nice colour.
    Is it possible to change the mars yellow for cadmium yellow. Otherwise i have to go again to the shop.

    Marc.
  9. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Xenofon,

    Mussini is a German brand off paints. On the tube stand here in Holland Mussine / Schminke.
    It is oilpaint.
    I hope this gonna usefull for you. (y)

    marc
  10. Kisifer Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Thanks a lot Marc.. the point is that it will be difficult to get this one here in Greece... Anyone interested in sending me a tube? :) (whoever does, gets a bag of seaweed in return ehehhehehe).
  11. elvis A Fixture

    :TO ALL. VERY SORRY AT ALL FRIENDS OF PLANET. I CONFUSED THE NAME OF THE FLESH TONE. IS'NT MUSSINI, BUT "LUCAS" AND IS FLESH COLOUR N° 4


    (Too much colors in my mind.) but aniway, thanks for your comments, and if you need some advice, write me in planet. take care to all your friend Luca

    Attached Files:

  12. Kisifer Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Thanks a lot for the clarification Luca.
  13. elvis A Fixture

    :lol: dear Rocco thanks for the translation of my article. great work.Ciao your friend Luca
  14. nagashino New Member

    Hi Luca/Roc

    This is fascinating stuff. Being an oil painter I have found some really useful information here. Luca's work always inspires me - thanks for that (as sometimes I really need inspiration). And thanks Roc for your efforts in translating - much appreciated!

    Best regards

    Phil
  15. JCOX Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Excellent article! (y)

    -jim cox
  16. KeithP Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Luca - Thanks very much for the explanation. The ivory black with the cad red is an interesting version of the "blush". I'll have to give that a try.

    Roc - Thank you for the translation!

    Also, I have the Lukas Flesh 4. It is "whiter" and softer than the WN Flesh.
    I used that for the highs on the Blackwatch figure I am working on now.

    Keith
  17. rej Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Malta
    Thanks Luca amico mio, for the great article, and I take this opportunity to CONGRATULATE you on your welldeserved and overdue GOLD MEDAL in Boston ;)

    Roc, amico mio anche lei, thanks for the translation buddy :)

    Ray :lol:
  18. elvis A Fixture

    :lol: Thanks Rey and congratulation to you for your great work. I hope to see you in S:T: VINCENT. Ciao your friend Luca

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