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Painting: Painting with Oils
Discuss Oil painting techniques.
best way to make shadows on face
godfather
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Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2002 - 08:39 PM UTC
Waht way do you guys find the esaiest and most realistic way of filling in dark areas of teh face (mouth, wrinkles etc?) I 've tried painting the whole face a dark colour then removing but the colour does not seem to stay in the wrinkles, should I let dry before removing?
Maki
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Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2002 - 09:56 PM UTC
What kind of colors are you using? I paint the shadows with enamels in the same way as I would paint shadows on the clothes... After 20 minutes when the color still hasn't set completely, I blend the shadows into the base color.

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Posted: Sunday, October 06, 2002 - 10:00 PM UTC
Ah, just seen this is the Oil Painting group, sorry... Not an expert in oils, perhaps some of the other figure guys can help you out. Mongo Mel or Vince perhaps, their work with oils is outstanding...

Mario M.
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2002 - 12:19 AM UTC
If, after my normal washes and highlighting with burnt umber/white combinations does not provide a good sense of depth, I'll come back with a tiny amount of thinned Van Dyke Brown and just touch the places that need a deeper shadow.
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Posted: Monday, October 07, 2002 - 01:17 AM UTC
Hi godfather,
I'm guessing that you paint 1/35-54mm scale. I can't paint that small stuff but I do have a suggestion for you. I've used the "paint-it-on-wipe-it-off" method for other things and gotten nice results. The problem is if the figure does not have the deep recesses you need for the paint to go into. If they are there, try not to wipe too hard when you take the paint off. This might be why this method isn't working for you.
I hope this helps,

PS: Thanks for the nice compliment Maki!