BRUSH TIP

ImagineFX - - In Depth Painting Armour -

clean­ing reg­i­men

To main­tain my brushes, I clean them with liq­uid oil-based soap, then leave the soap on and shape them to a clean point or edge.

11 Shape and edge re­fine­ment

Next I ad­just the shapes and blend where nec­es­sary. With the ar­mour I push what I see to­wards harder, geo­met­ric brush strokes along the edges of the over­lap­ping plates. I also want to cre­ate more fluid, liq­uid re­flec­tions and high­lights in­side the forms.

12 Punch­ing up the high­lights

In real life, metal­lic sur­faces have a very bright, blind­ing high­light. To achieve the il­lu­sion of this ef­fect, a lit­tle artis­tic li­cense is re­quired. Adding notes of pure colour next to a white high­light will make it ap­pear even brighter.

13 Re­flected light within the shad­ows

To even fur­ther this ef­fect, I in­ject pure notes of colour into the shad­ows near a high­light. In cer­tain ar­eas I use cad­mium orange and yel­low then blend out into raw si­enna, burnt um­ber and then fi­nally full black.

14 Rinse and re­peat

If paint­ing is a vis­ual lan­guage, and my style a di­alect, then I see ev­ery image as a sub-di­alect, with its own rules in gram­mar and form that I’ve learned along the way and can use to tell the rest of the story with ease.

15 Glaz­ing

Once the above layer has dried, the fi­nal step is to go back with one fi­nal layer or two of ex­tremely thin, trans­par­ent paint to sub­tly ad­just colours and val­ues. In this case I need to warm up the ar­mour slightly.

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