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A new rock band: Painted
Head and the Flesh Tones!
There are going to
be a hundred different ways to paint a head. In this example
were going to use my tried and true method. I like raw sienna,
burnt sienna and some white. Usually a 1/4, 1/4, 1/2 ratio
Mix it up to your own
liking and see where it takes you. I also like using acrylic
paints since they are easy to clean up and non-toxic.The technique
is to use a 1, 2, 3 step approach. This is used in traditional
painting of all kinds. Finding a light, middle and dark pigment
You start with the
'middle' color and build from there. We’ll use this
later to lighten (add more white for highlights) and darken
(add more raw sienna for darker) our subject. You will have
3 colors mixed and ready to appy. You can use a brush or airbrush
to appy the paint. When using a brush, smooth application.
I like an airbrush.
After the middle color
coat is dry, we do shadow areas using the 'dark' color. Under
the jawline, under the cheekbones, in the eye sockets and
into the temple indentations. Other areas can be done, but
these are the most obvious and give the most contour. When
dry, we go to out lighter mixture, this is to 'dust' or lightly
stpray all over our piece which helps to blend all colors
together. The head is now sealed with a matte sealer. Give
it 3 coats since you will be handling head for detail painting.
We move to hair and
eyes. I like to use two colors for the hair. The base and
a lighter version of the same color for highlights. Paint
the darker base color on the head, then 'drybrush' or lightly
graze the higher points in the sculpted hair which give a
The eyes can be painted
white. But never use straight white out of the tube, use a
light grey since it is not as stark. The iris is developed
by drawing to half moons into the eyes, this will vary from
sculpt to sculpt. Draw in the darker outside of the iris with
a very fine pointed brush, or a toothpick. Once dry, mix a
lighter color for the iris and fill in the half circle. Now,
all that is needed is a black dot (toothpick applied) in the
center as a pupil. If you like you can add a 'white dot' highlight,
but I like to coat the eye with a glossy coat sealer of some
kind to give a wet sheen.