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painting finger nails
montythefirst
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Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 03:58 AM UTC
does anyone have an effective method for painting fingernails?

any help or tips would be much obliged

cheers

Simon
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ARMORAMA
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Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 04:36 AM UTC
I have seen people mostly use just a bit lighter color than your usual skintone to paint fingernails. No borders or black outlines if your figure isn't a hard working peasant in the field.

Mario
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Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 06:37 AM UTC
I usually give fingernails a semi gloss clear coat.
mohammedcohen
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Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 06:39 AM UTC
I usually use a lighter value of the base flesh tone - lightened with either Jaune Brilliant or Naples Yellow and just a touch of white mixed into the Naples Yellow. Depending on the scale - if a bust or over 200mm - you MIGHT want to outline the base of the nail with a slightly darker value of the baser color - if the figure is a warrior or working man, his nails would most likely be dirty - as opposed to those of a female figure. Hope This helps.

CB in FL USA
montythefirst
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Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 08:20 AM UTC
thanks for the tips guys