Recently in the Figure Forum, Tin Can requested a list
of color mixes that people use for painting with oil paints. When I
responded with some of the mixes I have used, he suggested that I submit it
to Armorama as an article. What I have done here is add photographs of the
figures that have the listed color mix. This is only what worked for me.
There are a lot of better painters out there with a lot of better ideas.
The term “paint for average” means that I paint the entire area with this
color mix. Then, while the paint is wet, I paint in the shadows and blend to
suit. Then I paint the highlights and blend to suit. After the paint is dry,
I sometimes go back and redo the shadows and highlights, using a very small
amount of the same paints and get more of a “glazing” effect.
I haven’t listed quantities or proportions for mixing because I don’t keep
track of them. I just keep mixing until it looks right to me. Sometimes a
mix will look fine on the palette paper, but look terrible on the figure.
When this happens, I try to fix it on the figure by adding small dots of the
needed color and blending it throughout. If that doesn’t work, I just wipe
it off and start over.
I hope you all enjoy it.
- Craig Whitaker
Note: Unless noted, all
paints are Winsor & Newton.
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Photos by Craig Whitaker. All Rights Reserved.
Dark Blue Grey (helmet)
A: Undercoat with black (can be acrylic).
B: Mix Payne's Grey with T. White to a dark blue/gray. Paint for
C: Paint shadows with straight Payne's Grey.
D: Add more T. White to mix “B” to a medium blue/grey. Highlight with
German Field Grey
A: Undercoat with your favorite Field Grey model paint (I used Andrea
B: Mix the following colors and paint for average:
Mix Blue/Black, Winsor Blue & Cadmium Yellow to a medium dark blue green
shade. Lighten with T. White to match undercoat.
C: Shadow with Blue/Black.
D: Highlight with T. White
Note: Blue/Black is a paint from W&N, not a mix of 2 paints.
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