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Painting: Painting with Oils
Discuss Oil painting techniques.
cold and physiology
Joined: June 26, 2002
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Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 11:37 AM UTC
What would a face look like if it's very cold. I am going to be painting a german soldier in Russia 1?16th scale he has is head and part of his face covered with a wool scarf but what about exposed parts blue lips, extra red cheeks? I will be using oils
Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 06:28 PM UTC
Hmmmm a German in Russia..... most of them Germans looked very, very pale during that battle since they where dead, but I assume you want to paint a living German.

I think your blue lips are ok. I don't know about the cheeks though. I think cheeks turn red when the blood starts to circulate again, so when the face gets warmer....

In my opinion (which are no more than thoughts, no experience) the face should look very pale or blueish....

just two cents
Alabama, United States
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002 - 02:24 AM UTC
Early frostbite will leave the skin white and waxy in appearance. Later, it turns an awful black color. I think a very pale face with a slight sheen to it would be very effective. The blue lips would also be a nice touch. Don't forget to bite the ears too.

Massachusetts, United States
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002 - 02:32 AM UTC
I'd avoid too much blue in the lips. You don't want your guy to look too goth or dead. In very cold situations, it seems you'd pull you lips in "pucker factor". If your guy has been exposed to wind, there'll be wind burn, reddened areas, not unlike sunburn.
I think what I'd do, is add more white to the flesh mixture and add a bit of red to the mix for the spots where I'd normally highlight with very light colors and try to paint out any of the normally pinker lip areas. If the eyebrows are still visible, and any moustache/beard around the mouth, pure white to replicate frost. You might even build these areas up with a bit of putty or sprue to increase the effect. If the uniform has been at all dampened, some white to show frost here, too.
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Posted: Monday, December 23, 2002 - 05:26 AM UTC
This makes me cold just reading it... hehehe