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HILBERT
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Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 06:21 AM UTC
Hello all,

Hopefully this is the right forum as I am painting my first figure here. This is the result so far. Still busy with blending and other stuff.

Feedback is appreciated!

Hilbert





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Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 06:35 AM UTC
She looks great so far! For a girl with red hair I would use much lighter skin tones, but this is fantasy forum so she could be even blue and it would be not my place to argue about it . Pale or not - skin looks good!
I like the hair too (paint the hair red and I love it no matter what ).
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Posted: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 07:11 AM UTC
Very nice Hilbert! I really like the hair color and I think some more deeper shadows would do it good, what do you think? I also like the subtle color transitions on the flesh.

I would say you are definitely on the right track. Moreover, if this is your first figure... oh boy.

Keep us posted, I would love seeing this one come to life.
Mario
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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 03:16 AM UTC
Thanks!

I have to admit that I learn painting figures from someone else that has experience for approximately 3 years now and painted a lot of figures. So he's helping me out. Although, blending is the most difficult part to accomplish and I some tips or tricks would be helpful.

I have been bleeding the skirt yesterday, but still I'm not satisfied with it.

I have to say, the hair is not finished yet. But painting in layers and blending it would be a hell of a job. So a wash should do the trick?

Thanks,

Hilbert



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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 05:00 AM UTC
I'm not sure if you mentioned it, but what medium are you using? I would say oils (enamels perhaps?) so here are some tips on painting with oils written by Craig for HF some time ago... IIRC, there are some tips on blending too. Craigs articles are great and offer a wonderful resource for painting with oils. Check out his other articles as well, I think there are some which are even more in SBS style. Anyway, here's the first one: link

I thought you still have to touch-up the hair. I would keep to blending, here the transitions can be a big more pronounced. I must admit I don't like doing washes on figures.

Cheers,
Mario
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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 05:13 AM UTC
Mario, I use Vallejo paints. That is why blending is quite difficult. I will try to do the hair with the blending method.

Regards,

Hilbert
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Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 06:47 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Mario, I use Vallejo paints. That is why blending is quite difficult.



I thought acrylics are quick drying and could not be blended at all... I've seen people layering them though.

Mario
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Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 09:46 AM UTC
Mario,

What I have learned from the painter I learn to paint figures, is that you should make the vallejo like a wash. Then you have to build it up layer by layer, and you can blend it al together. It is a totally different technique than painting with oils. It is also more time consuming and much more difficult to achieve the right result. It is not that oils or acrylics are better than the other, just a different taste in paining I guess.

Anyway, I do have some new pictures. I have painting for approximately 6 hours now and I have just painted the base color for the cape and leather parts. It is still my first figure so I am not that fast yet.





Thanks for looking!

PS, next month I hope that I will have an SLR camera.... these pics are [auto-censored] with my mobile phone... I know, not that good..
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Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 07:02 PM UTC

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What I have learned from the painter I learn to paint figures, is that you should make the vallejo like a wash. Then you have to build it up layer by layer, and you can blend it al together.



Yes, that's what I was thinking. I've always used the term blending when the color medium was enamels or oils, which take longer to dry and you can actually use thinner to "lift" the colors one over the other. With acrylics it's layering... as very thin layers are applied one after another. So, I guess it is the language thing.

As for the figure, it is going well. You are using blueish tones for the cape which will be close to the boxart. I always thought Freya would look even better in a dark shade of crimson. Looking forward to seeing you do your magic on the cape.

Mario
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Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - 01:33 PM UTC
If you use Vallejos retardant mixed in your paints you can blend. what figure is this btw? Shes lookin great so far
HILBERT
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Posted: Friday, August 03, 2012 - 03:07 AM UTC
Thanks for the comment. This figure is from Nocturna Models. 54mm.
I use retardant to slow down the drying time of the paint. Works well but blending is practically impossible when you use the method of oil blending. You have to paint in layers. It is almost like a wash when you are blending.

Thanks for looking!
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Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2012 - 05:11 AM UTC
You're painting so far is very good. I woulf suggest checking figures before painting for casting surface roughness which a lot of lower quality figures suffer from. Nocturna figures, while looking good, are no exception. Her upper right arm near the shoulder has this and will really pop out if you dry-brush lighter skin tones. There's also some roughness on her thighs, either from casting or paint build-up. As you're using arylics you can thin them more and apply several layers which is how you do shading with acrylics. I used to paint with Tamiya paints but now prefer Citadel colors which have better coverage and maintain their opacity with considerable thinning. Their metalics are also finer grained and look better. As you're using acrylics don't be afraid to strip a favorite figure and start over - I have figures I've repainted several times until I like the finish!
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Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 - 03:30 AM UTC
Thanks for the feedback! I will remind this when I will paint the next figure. I will be much more aware of the castings and remove the imperfections.

Thanks a lot for the tips on painting.

Regards,

Hilbert
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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 - 07:09 AM UTC
Hey all,

Small update:
I have painted the boots and leather parts and, much more noticeable, her sword. I have to worn out the sword much more. But I have not any idea of how to do that.

Anyway, I started with the cape. The left side is not blended yet, the right side is. You can (hopefully) see the difference.

Anyway, here are the pics. Sorry for the bad quality, but a DLSR is underway








Groet,

Hilbert
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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 - 06:50 PM UTC
The blending on the cape can definitely be seen... looking good. As far as the leather and other stuff goes, I liked your painting before, but I can't the new details from that small photo.

Mario
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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 08:01 AM UTC
Hi Gents,

I think I am finished. I just want to add a small base and some grass to the ground. It was a long painting, but since it is my first figure I learned a lot!

Hope you like it! Commentary is apreciated!

Grtz,

Hilbert








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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 08:14 AM UTC
This figure is very very nice Hilbert!
I realy like your choice of colors. They go together smoothly creating a balanced but not boring look.
Congratulations.