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Joe3571

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hey I need constructive critics on my 3rd attempt at painting a face now my camera will only focus so much on something this small and it will take me some years to master painting figures  but how am I doing so far.
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Not bad at all Joe.

Some tricks to practice are adding shadows under the eye brows, nose, and chin. Adding highlights under the eyes (cheek bones), bridge of the nose, chin, and forehead.

You seem to have already begun to figure out how to do the eyes and that is seriously the trickiest part. Most people give up and just paint them over in a dark shade to give the impression of eyes being there. But I can clearly see that your guy there does indeed have eyes that are the same size and located properly. I can even see eye brows.

Here's where it makes me nervous; painting in the lower eyelids. Understand that I will sometimes repaint the eyes up to 7 or 8 times to get it right. Make sure your paint is thin and that you have an awesome cheating device known as a fine tip artist's pen!

I will start with pencil dots and work my way around the eyes until I have the shape correct, then pop in some irises with my pen. After that there is usually a few last minute touch-ups concerning the whites, but thin paint and an insanely tiny brush will help to make that less stressful.

You're completely on the right track Joe. Just remember that figure painting is a lot like anything else we paint. The weathering and tricks are all the same. Dirt and mud get on boots like they do on wheels. Weathering a jacket is no different from weathering a seat in a vehicle. Same tricks. Same techniques.

Its those dang eyes that make all the difference though Joe. That's the one thing about figure painting that is nothing like painting a vehicle. Unless you're into hand painting all of your gauges.

So yeah. Not bad Joe. Not bad at all.  [biggrin]
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Thanks yea I watched a vid on youtube on doing eyes so tried it now ill go back and watch some more on shading an highlights it is actually getting kind of enjoyable but it wont happen over night it will get easier as I go along.
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Damn fine effort I reckon Joe, just get the lower eyelids sorted and he's looking quite normal. (not the "startled" look). He's not cross-eyed or all wonky.
Mike said "Understand that I will sometimes repaint the eyes up to 7 or 8 times to get it right." I think my Panzer Rider bloke was stripped and redone, like 15 to 20 times! [rofl] But we got somewhere there in the end. Good start Joe.

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Mike has it on the button.
So many painters have different ways of dealing with eyes. They certainly can make, or break a model, as it is the first part of the face anyone will look at ( second place is the mouth area, ie. Are the teeth showing?). It usually takes me a few attempts, but once it looks right the golden rule is Don't Touch it! (Feel a Beatle song coming on here...) let it be [wink]

I tell a lot of modellers that if they have a torch and a mirror then they have a perfect reference of light and shade, just don't let you partner catch you, you may may have a little bit of explaining to do [smile].
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yea I actually have 7 more of these guys 3 more from the Tamiya set that this guy came with and 4 more that came with my Dragon M1 A1 tank that I will probally never finish cause of the crap track's it came with but I figured I would at lest paint up all my figures and use them with a later tank build down the road I plan on getting the Tamiya Abrams tank later on down the road which is a much better kit than the dragon is so I plan to use my figures in a diorama with it.

but at least all theses figures will give me plenty of practice and no this guy's mouth is closed but there are one or 2 of the other figures that do have mouths open or showing teeth

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ok guys what do you think now not to bad I think I tried to put some lighter and darker shades in the skin areas but it is hard to tell on I used Vallejo Flat flesh dark flesh and sunny tone

uniform modelmaster colors Black, White, desert tan, radome tan, Italian dark brown  semi clear then finished up with Vallejo Desert Dust wash.


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could be a lot better but still learning the ropes.
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Looks good from here!
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thaks Simon
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Well done Joseph. Nice looking figure.


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Well done Joseph. Nice looking figure.

Thanks Simon ive got to get back to finishing up these guys I have 7 more of them in different poses they are supposed to go with my dragon M1A1 in diorama one of these days.

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Joseph,
I would give you some advice if I had any "real" experience. So far I have done 1/48 pilots and i have them inside cockpits with the canopy closed. IN addition, they have on HELMETS W/visors!! I am working on a partial figure of "Satan" right now. The face is MUCH larger than 1/48. I have had some great advice but still swinging in the dark on the "real" art of painting a figure up. At some point in the future I have a diorama planned that will include about 14 1/48 figures. I'll be in the learning mode for a long time. best wishes. I think you did a great job. I keep seeing fantastic 1/48 painted figures online and trying to watch videos on the subject. tiny brushes and a steady hand are vital of course. I've been watching an asian modeler that just uses the heads/hands, and feet from 1/48 figures, then he sculpts the rest of the body to make EXACTLY what he wants to portray. He forms he clothes and paints everything perfectly.

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