Saturday, April 14, 2018

Back to the WSS. Two more Spanish Battalions arrive

So after a little hiatus from working on my WSS project I finished 2 more Spanish battalions this week.  Please give a nice early 18th Century round of applause for the Madrid and Sevilla battalions.  As with all of the Spanish troops the flags are speculative and are painted by me.

Here they are!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Miniart 1/16 Musketeer Part IV: The first layer of pigments.

After a bit of a hiatus from painting due to spring break here in Oregon and we took off to Sunriver, OR to relax with our friends I am back to painting.  I did manage to prime up more WSS figures, some renaissance figures and more 1/16 scale heads before we left for vacation.  

This week I choose to work on my Musketeer.  In my last post about him, I had done the water color underpainting. This week I decided to start putting the first layers of colors on.  I follow and have befriended a gentleman in England named Vermillion Hugh.  He has a wonderful Youtube channel, Vermillion Hugh, where he paints 1/35 scale and larger figures using a neoclassical painting style.  I chose to try out his palette to paint this figure.  Also I should mention he is the one who gave me the idea of doing the water color underpainting. Stop by his channel and watch his stuff. His concepts on color theory and the old masters is amazing. 

So below is my first layers of color on the figure. I hope you like it.

The palette of colors I'll be using: Ivory Black, Alizarin Crimson, Scarlet Lake, Red Ochre, Brown Ochre, Yellow Ochre and Flake White.  I started by mixing Black and Brown Ochre to tone the black. The white was mixed with Brown Ochre. Both of these colors were then mixed together to create my Grey tone. The flesh color started out with Scarlet Lake mixed with the Grey tone.

A few views of the figure with the water color underpainting.

The palette after I painted the figure.

The first layers of flesh have been added along with browns, reds, yellows and white for the clothing.

His hat.

A few more pictures of first layers.

I am still trying to decide on the tunic color, which is why I haven't painted it yet.  I will give this layer a few days to dry and then I will start adding more layers.

I was asked to take some zoomed in shots so here they are.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Monochromatic painting- A test and half way decent results

Surfing the interwebs the other night I came across a video of a person painting a portrait with one color.  That person used Raw Umber and as I watched them draw out the shape and add detail to the canvas like shadows, high lights, eyes, light and dark strands of hair, I thought to myself "I've got to try that!"  I am by no means anyone with any sort of artistic talent and I can't draw a straight line with a ruler. What the hell, I'll give it a go!

So I grabbed one of my recently primed 1/16 scale Verlinden heads I had purchased and had primed using black and white.
I put a little bit of Raw Umber on my palette and thinned down a little bit of it so it was translucent (high light) and thinned out a smaller area for the mid tone and then left some a little thicker for the shadow areas.

Here's how it turned out.  It was a nice attempt at picking out high lights and shadows and deciding where those would go and seeing how the under color of the primer adjusted what I was doing.  Next time I try this I will prime the figure in all white.  I think it will work better for this technique.  I certainly won't do this for a unit of figures but it was fun and only took me a 1/2 hour to do.

I'd be interested in what you think of this. Please leave me a comment below.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Painting figures with the Zorn Limited Palette

In my attempts to increase my knowledge of color and color theory (remember I'm color blind) to get past the hurdle that I have and to decrease the number of paints I need to paint a figure/s, I've been looking at different artists and how they approached painting portraits.  I rather happily came across Ander Zorn.

For those of you not familiar with him, Ander Zorn was a Swedish artist born in 1860 and died in 1920.  He was Sweden's premier artist and painted portraits of the King of Sweden, Presidents William Taft and Grover Cleveland, among other notable people.  He also painted landscapes.  What is most interesting about Zorn is his palette.  He only used 4 colors.  They were Ivory Black, Vermillion, Yellow Ochre and Flake White.  It is said that on occasions he would add or replace a color with Cerulean Blue at times.
Anyway with just the four above mentioned colors he turned out paintings like these:

For me this is amazing. Now mind you he is not the only one or the first to do this but his work stands out.  I thought this would be a good place to start because there are only 4 colors to use and everything can be mixed with those four. Also this would give my eyes a chance to see the different shades and tints one can create.

So I mixed up a small Zorn palette using the before mentioned colors.  Here they are:
Across the top are Ivory Black, Vermillion, Yellow Ochre and Flake White

From Left to right: Black mixed with Vermillion, Vermillion mixed with Yellow Ochre, Yellow Ochre mixed with Black, White mixed with Black and then Black mixed with White in a different ratio.

Next to each color is its tint which is the base color mixed with white.

The rest of the tint colors.

The three colors in the upper right are Red mixed with White, Yellow ochre mixed with White and Black mixed with white.

The combinations are almost endless.  I only did a few to practice.
To continue practicing I decided to paint two 28mm figures.  Both are from Foundry.
I forgot to take a before photo of the 1700s gentleman.

All of the colors on this figure's uniform was came from the Zorn palette. I will over the next few days go and add highlights and more shadows.  I used a glazing technique so the oil paint will dry faster. So each layer of paint I put on will allow the previous layers to show through creating a deep rich color.

This is the other figure I did:

These photos are the before painting. I primed the figure with Black and allowed that to dry a little. I then went and sprayed White over the Black. Doing that allowed shadows and highlights to appear.  There is a term for this type of priming but I forget what it is called.

Now the figure after I applied its first glaze of colors.  I still have to go back and paint the hair.

I hope you liked this post. Once I get some more glazes done on both figures I will put up another post about their progress.

Until then stay well.