ok i couldnt find ANYTHING. so i jsut played around and this is a before and after picture.
now...how do i go about doing th eyes? i want them simple but realistic.
"Start with the eyes. Then do the face in whatever shade you choose. Now add a touch of white to the flesh tone to get a slightly lighter shade and go back over the nose and cheekbones. A light orange makes defined but natural-looking lips. Remember, red lips are a product of makeup, not nature. Some painters prefer to put the eyes on last, but others say it's too hard to keep from making the effect pop-eyed when done last. Try whatever method you prefer. Mustaches are best if dry-brushed, paint beards a slightly redder or darker shade than the hair and dry brush with the same colour you use on the hair. There's nothing wrong with a 5-o'clock shadow on an appropriate figure, either. Dry-brush it on in a shade slightly darker than the hair. Once you get comfortable with faces, experiment with scars or tattoos. You might amaze yourself. "
i would have painted the eyes first, i work in oils.
if you add shadow to the areas i've highlighted then this will give it more depth. the reason why i asked what size it was because if its small then you have to exagerate the shadows. i'll see if i can dig up some of my work.
sorry for the grainy pics and ignore the tank. do you see what i mean about the lines in the grooves,creases?
i thought i lost this topic, those are GREAT models Zorg.. what model is the german one? so the darker areas you so kindly highlighted should be what kind of thickness in the paint? should it be a wash or just regular thickness for acrylics? i promise ill get better with more practice, this is the first actual face i have ever painted.
and can you help me out with mixing up skin tones?
and how do you paint your eyes?
all my other acrylic and oil work is on canvas and cardstock.
i suppose you could use oils over the top of your acrylics (i only work in oils)i dont know if it will work??
where i have highlighted the areas, you need to put a tiny (i mean tiny) amout of say burnt sienna or raw umber with a very fine brush(following the line), then with a different dry brush (also small) try blending away the paint you put down with the first brush, remember its easier to add more paint than take it away
i cant stress enough how small amout of paint you need to do it, if you put too much it will ruin it.
try it out and let us know how you get on.
*edit - the german is an andrea models figure from spain , its metal.
Yes you can put artist oils over the acrylic paints. The acrylic is actually a nice way to get the base colors down, and then use the oils to do the shading. The oils are much easier to blend by hand than trying to do it with acrylics. The thing to remember though is that the oils do take quite awhile to dry completely even if you add a dryer to it in the begining.
However the same effects can be achieved with an airbrush with acrylics.
The biggest question as to which way to go though deals with the scale of the piece. The acrylics/oils combo is better for smaller scale pieces, and the airbrush works better for larger ones. Your talent with an airbrush will determine how small you can go while using it.