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Painting Sunburn

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by Matt McGrath, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Matt McGrath Member

    I'm getting ready to paint a Castle Miniatures Dog's Life figure, the British officer with the pug, wearing the tropic round hat. I paint in oils,and as I want him to look suitably sunburned, I'm thinking red or dark pink for the undercoat.

    Any suggestions would be welcomed.

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  2. loosehead Active Member

    Hi Matt
    Try not to use your undercoat to darken your flesh tones .I use a humbrol sand colour for my flesh tones then topcoat with oils try using a little extra burnt siena to give the sunburnt look add it after you have painted normal flesh tone s as you only want to suggest a tanned skin not make him look like he went to a tanning booth don't forget where shirts end or hat etc might have a lighter skin tone as not as much sun then shadow with a burnt umber very softly on the sun tan
    Chris W
  3. fogie A Fixture

    Not sure whether you wish to make him tanned or actually sunburned - the two will be different. (He has the sort of grumpy and pudgy
    face that sunburn will suit well). The thing to remember is that sunburn imparts a shiny sort of glow - not an actual gloss finishbut a definite
    shine nonetheless - this can be emphasised not by too much intense red but more by a sort of pale creamy area of skin where the sun hasn't
  4. gazer Active Member

    If I may, I would like to add another point to the discussion:
    Yesterday me and my wife and kids went to a nice field trip in the western Negev at HaBesor Stream (AKA "Wadi Ghuzze" for WWI ANZAC Palestine campaign fans). It was quite sunny and warm, and I was slightly burnt in my face. On the way back in the car I was looking at my self in the mirror and noticed something that is actually quite typical: unlike normal face where creases are darker (i.e. shaded) and ridges are lighter (i.e. highlighted), an acute exposure to the sun causes the opposite: the ridges are reddish (blushed) whereas the creases remain lighter and remain closer to the original skin tone of the sun exposed individual.
    I have to emphasize 2 points here:
    1. This is my personal observation on myself - I have a fair skin and I lives in a region with relatively hot climate
    2. The above relates to ACUTE (i.e. short term) and not CHRONIC exposure to the sun.

    Wait to see your results!


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  5. Matt McGrath Member

    Thank-you all for your help!

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