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A kneaded eraser can be used on small ar­eas of thin paint. This is es­pe­cially use­ful in pulling out high­lights in an un­der­paint­ing.

1 Pen­cil draw­ing

With any paint­ing, hav­ing a solid, ac­cu­rate draw­ing in place is ben­e­fi­cial. With both ar­mour and por­traits, it’s ab­so­lutely cru­cial. A mis­take in per­spec­tive with the ar­mour, or plac­ing an eye too high can eas­ily de­stroy the il­lu­sion.

2 Block­ing in darks

I se­lect fast-dry­ing alkyd burnt um­ber and paint in the shadow ar­eas right on top of a copy of my draw­ing that’s been mounted and sealed. This layer will dry within a few hours.

3 Colour un­der­paint­ing

I thin my paints sig­nif­i­cantly us­ing a mix­ture of gam­sol and galkyd, and then start lay­ing in large sec­tions of colour. Us­ing the thick­ness of the paint to con­trol value en­ables me to make changes quickly and eas­ily.

4 Fur­ther un­der­paint­ing

Usu­ally one pass is enough. In this case, af­ter some sleep, I feel that it’s just a bit too far away from what I want. So I add more lay­ers of thin trans­par­ent paint to darken some ar­eas and change some colours.

5 Paint by num­bers

It’s now time to start ren­der­ing and pol­ish­ing. The next sev­eral steps are all done in one sit­ting, while the paint is still wet. The only way to al­low for the time-in­ten­sive na­ture of this stage is to work sec­tion by sec­tion.

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