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Completed Young Aztec bust done!

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Sambaman, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    OK, so after a quite a long time, I've finally fnished this piece. Young's Aztec Warrior bust. Basically box stock. I didn't use the weapon I scratch built earlier. Thought it was a bit wonky, and besides, this helmet needs to be the focal point!

    The photos are a work in progess so sorry. They are a bit flat for my tastes. The flesh tones are a much deeper native redish tone in person.

    I added only one face paint stripe after getting some valuable info from fellow Planeteers on tattoos and face/body paint. I made the stripe go across his eyes, mainly as an artistic decision to bring out the eyes more under the helmet (they're lost a tad under there!).

    I made the beads on the necklace in jade, as well as the piercing on his chin. I also made the embelishments on the feather tube-holder thingys jade as well. I used a coat of Future floor wax on those items when done to give them a natural bit of shine. I tried to make the tubes holding the feathers (top of the helmet) look like bone. Not sure whether that is what they were, but since they are likely hollow and bone would be a natural material for that application, viola, bone-like tuby things!

    Fit and finish are typical Young quality. All painted in oils as per usual. I did not dull-coat the feathers so they maintain a slight sheen to look a tad more real. Although it is not evident, I actually blended some pearlescent powders in with the blue-green paints used on the big feathers (Pearl Ex Pigments I found at the local art supply store, I used "Micropearl"). I'll have to experiment with that stuff more later. I need to tweek my mixtures a bit more.

    This was a fun piece to paint to be certain! Loved all the color opportunities it offered. Thanks for looking, please feel free to comment, good or bad. I was going to keep my statement brief this time, so much for tryin' LOL! ;):D

    Jay H.

    Oh, and I forgot to mention, I re-sculpted the upper lip on this guy as well. I didn't like the somewhat open mouth that Young did, so I sculpted it closed.

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  2. Joe Hudson Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Looks very nice Jay.

    Joe
  3. housecarl Forum Moderator

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    You didn't do the tattoos then?
    Very nice!
    Carl.
  4. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Jay, that's so cool mate. The red paint band across the eyes is inspired thinking. Looks authentic and servesyour artistic needs as well. Great job and lets hear more about those pearlescent pigments.
  5. gilbertmoreno Member

    Jay,
    Your bust looks great.
    Actually the skin color in your photos is just about spot on, these indians skin color was not really red in color but leaned more to the color brown or beige-brown.
    As far as the jade goes that was an excellent choice for his accouterments.
    Jade was connected to their worship of their god of rain and fertility Tlaloc.
    It was even more valuable than gold to them so naturally used it in many decorations.
    And as far as the feathers go a lot of the feathers they used had a natural iridescent look to them of course depending on the type of bird it was.
    Its just nice to see a bust like this painted to such high standards along with historical accuracy.
    Gilbert
  6. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Joe, Carl, Tony, Gilbert, many thanks for the kind words Gents!

    Carl, no tattoos. After some very valuable info forwarded to me from Augie R. in the form of an article specifically about Aztec body art, I decided to go without tattoos!

    Tony, as I experiment more with those pigments I'll see if I can't put a little info together for ya. They also have several other colors, old coppers and brass, golds and old golds, silvers etc. I also bought a copper pigment to see if it would work. The best way to describe them is like printers inks, in a very fine powder form (not clumped together like printres inks). They can be mixed with any viscous medium. I think with some experimentation they could be quite handy!

    Gilbert, glad you like him and glad I got my details right. I spent some time looking and reading for this one and specific info for this helmet and some of the details were a bit scetchy, but it was a very fun project to paint and learn about!

    Jay H.
  7. sarouman A Fixture

    Country:
    Greece
    Hi Jay
    Really good job with some good work both in skin color and the colors of the head and wings.
    I agree that there should be a tattoo, but maybe what brightly colored in green or yellow on the wings of others gave picture, however, so it is very good!

    Amicably

    Alexandros
  8. debrito A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Superbe job Jay, loved the skin color and the scars...

    Regards

    Rod.
  9. Jim Patrick Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    WOW! :eek: Pardon me while I drool....

    Jim Patrick
  10. jimias A Fixture

    Country:
    Greece
    Amazing result Jay. My favorite part whould be those subtle fleshtones! Congrats.
  11. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Awesome work Jay. The flesh tones and the helmet are beautiful.
  12. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Alexandros, Rodrigo, Jim, Dimitrios, Guy, thank you all for the kind words.

    Alexandros, I agree completely, this bust is a canvas for tattoos, I have to admit, I was VERY close to adding some! But after I found out that Aztecs didn't practice tattooing, I ered on the side of "less is more".

    Jay H.
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  13. Michael Tse Active Member

    Country:
    HongKong
    Cracking! Love the subtle skintone.
  14. daniel Well-Known Member

    Country:
    France
    Hello Jay,

    Very good paint


    Daniel
  15. Ferris A Fixture

    Jay,

    Excellent result!
    I like the stripe over the eyes very much; you're right that this brings out the eyes!
    Too bad about that scratch-built weapon, but if it doesn't look right, it just isn't right!

    Cheers,
    Adrian
  16. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Jay,
    There is nothing more to say then just echoing the guys before me.
    Absolute stunning work.

    marc
  17. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Michael, Daniel, Adrian, Marc, many thanks for the kind words gents, glad you like him!

    Jay H.
  18. Meehan34 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    nice work Jay. I am glad to see you haven't totally quit painting the figs. The helmet is my favorite part of this guy but the rest is awesome too.
  19. mario Active Member

    Country:
    Brazil
    Awesome work Jay
    I loved the fleshtones
    Mario
  20. Gellso A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Very nice

    Great work on the flesh tones, feathers and the wood effects.All tied in with an extremely high standard of painting. Great work.

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