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Painting: Painting with Oils
Discuss Oil painting techniques.
Hair color!
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002 - 06:47 AM UTC

I am painting the verlinden figure, ww2 US airborne general. I have finished the fleshparts and so on... but how do I paint hair? Which color is it for brown?

I tried Raw Umber, but it looks awful!

/ Jamal
Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002 - 06:58 AM UTC
I have used middlestone as a start point for blond hair, a Venetian red for red hair, and any number of shades of brown for brown hair, including railroad tie and earth brown from Polyscale and Roof brown from Floquil. Burnt sienna might be a good start with oils. Black is a challenge to paint effectively and highlight without making the figure look old.
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002 - 08:28 AM UTC
Another sulotion for blonde hair is yellow or gold ochre, shadw with either burnt sienna or an olive drab, although, you have to be sparse with the greens for shading, and high light with either naples yellow or titanium white.
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002 - 02:43 PM UTC
another formula for painting brown hair is : base color Burnt Umber, highlight with Mars yellow + Cadmium red pale by Shiva, shadow with base color + lamp black.
I hope this helps.
Happy painting,
British Columbia, Canada
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Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002 - 04:34 PM UTC
I undercoat brown hair with desert yellow or an orange colour or even red....flat acrylics.....I then paint it with oil paint....usually burnt umber or burnt sienna.....then with a clean dry brush I wipe the excess away and you have your shadows and highlights all in 1 move.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 - 05:40 AM UTC
tanks for the ideas. I'll just asking the question also how to paint hairs.