I find that armorama forum is loaded, and this one kind of empty, so I decided to post something here.
This is my 1st head painting:
How is it?
I used an assortment of enamel and water acrylic, and I made it fall on the floor once while the paint was yet to dry…
Edit: I have some question that I want to ask here right the way.
I original planed to use Humbrol 61 flesh matte, but that store is closed and no one use it nowadays so I resorted to some gundam model store with equivalent color. The base flesh I used is the Mr Hobby aqueous, semi-gloss instead of matte. The semi-gloss finish is quite reflective on where ever the highlight should be, and clear shadow where the shadow needed to be. It gives me a hard time to follow online guides, where most used matte base. After a few adjustments, I used a very thin enamel shadow tint (like more than 50% mineral spirit) all over the skin, which reduced the reflection and give a more even shadow.
Can I have any suggestion to improve and adapt? Thanks.
Welcome to the new forum. Your painted head looks pretty good to me. I can’t comment or answer any of the paint questions you have because years ago I switched to oil paints for faces. IMHO, oils are much more forgiving, they blend easier and you have more working time. Sorry I couldn’t help you there but please post some photos when you finish the figure, hear and all
One thing to improve is the orientation of the images You could also deepen (darken) shadows under cheekbones and either side of nose. Use lighter skin tones above cheekbones, tip of nose, upper lip, and chin. 1/35 heads are pretty small, and are usually viewed from more than 1 ft., so shading has to be exaggerated slightly and contrasty so that it is visible.
Thanks for the feedback.
My 2nd attempt:
This one I don’t put any shadow nor highlight yet. I just want to show the effect of the base gloss. I would like a step by step commentary if possible.
Looks good so far. Looks like the second head has a mold line along the neck to the ear. Might want to address before moving on.
Not too sure if a gloss base is a good idea. Shading and highlighting are usually best done on a matte base…but if you like the results you are getting, then go for it!
Over an hours of adjusting, not the best, but Im quite satisfied with the current results.
I should have update this more often, but I was kind of busy and really enjoying the new cyberpunk game. I fished this last week, it is so cold here that the paints don’t cure correctly. The paint is more pink than it appears here.
use a dark wash to fill the outlines , creses…then dry brush highpoints with a lighter shade of the same color…for everything. Face painting is so hard I find…you need to learn how to mix different shades…like using oil paint. It is possible to make a face that small…look almost real.
Thanks! I now have more paints than I had a year ago. Though Im getting less figure to paint.