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Painting a Face

Hi folks. Here you are a brief description of how I paint a face. This is not the only way and these are not the only colours you can use to paint a face.But this is my way and my colours. Here in Planet figure you can find some other aproaches to this subject(specially I can recomend Anders Heintz’s article.
I’ve chosen Elite’s 1st reg New York 70mm figure.

Paints: Vallejo Model Colors
• Brown sand 876
• Basic skintone 815
• Burnt Cadmium Red 814
• Cadmium Maroon 859



First of all I always prime my figures to get an smooth surface which admits acrylic paints. I do it with Tamiya spray primer.
I apply two light coats and let it dry one day.



When the primer has dried, I paint two thin coats of Brown sand 876 as base colour.



Once the base coat has dried(few minutes), I mix some Basic skintone 815 to the Brown sand to get a first light and apply it to the most prominent parts of the face.



Adding some more B.Skintone I get a second light. Lights have to be applied enough diluted because they tend to paste.



Again more Basic Skintone,almost pure,to paint the third and last light.



Now let’s go with shadows. Adding some Burnt Cadmium Red 814 to the Brown Sand I mix my first shadow.



Second shadows.



For third shadow I use Cadmium Maroon 859 (that is in fact very similar to adding some black to the B.Cadmium Red).



At this stage I’ve painted three rude lights and shadows with no blending at all. I’ve,basically,drawn the most important features of the face to give it character and life. Now the fun begins, it’s time to blend those brushstrockes using the same shadows,highlights and base,very diluted. If I have to blend a third light with a second,I’ll paint with second light over the third and then again with third over the second,until the frontier between the two tones has disapeared.This is achieved through the transparence properties of acrylics when are correctly diluted. It’s hard to explain the correct dilution degree but,usually,it takes from a milky consistence to dirty water



Once I’ve done the skin painting is time to paint some details,eyes and eyebrows,five o’clock shadow(or nine o’lock in this case),and the areas sorrounding the face like hat,hair and shirt collar,that will add the character to our face and may change the contrast once painted. I’m not ging to explain any way to paint eyes,because this subject is better explained in other treads here at pF. Anyway,in this figure I had to paint them some times until I was satisfied with the result. I outlined in black,then painted with skintone the inside and then painted the blue iris and a light reflection with skintone again. I’ve painted too the basic colour on the hat to see what happened with contrast on the face.



Five o’clock(or nine ), I paint the beard shadow mixing the tone that is painted this area,with pure black. If I paint beard under the chin,I mix the deepest shadow with black.If I paint it on the upper lip,I mix black with the second light (the colour on that area),and so on. I paint it with extremely diluted washes to blend it with the adjacent areas.



Finally, I’ve painted the hair with black and highlights mixing some English uniform,as well as the eyebrows(don’t forget to outline them) and the lower lip(with a deep shadow and adding a touch of light in the center). The hat was painted in the same way. Eyes were retouched as well as some highlights. And,yes,I forgot the ears.



Last one. Here the head and chest were finished. the eyes too(I hope so).

Categories:  Model Color
Date of publication: 03/13/2010
http://www.acrylicosvallejo.com/en_US/painting-a-face/blog/38 Painting a Face

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