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Basics of Figure Painting (Continued)

By Michael Johnson

 

The following is a very basic process for painting Leather. The instructions for brown leather are in Black and instructions for black leather are in light blue. Note, many of the processes and colors are the same for either brown or black leather.

 

 

Supplies:

 

Enamel Paint Colors Used

  • Flat Burnt Sierra, Model Master 2007 (Used for brown leather only)

  • Flat Black, Model Master 1749 

  • Flat Gelb (Yellow) RLM 04, Model Master 2072 (Used for brown leather only)

  • Flat Red, Testors 1150 (Used for brown leather only)

  • Flat Raw Umber, Model Master 2006 (Used for black leather only)

  • Flat Leather, Model Master 1736 (Used for black leather only)

  • Testors "Dullcote" spray paint

 

Brushes/Miscellaneous

  • Medium detail brush- Sable Hair or soft bristle

  • Turpentine

Part IV: Leather 

 
Leather Step 1 Step 1 (Base) - For either brown leather or black leather, the base color is the same, paint the entire leather area with flat black and allow paint to dry completely.
Leather Step 2 Step 2 (Mid Highlights) - For brown leather, use the burnt sienna to "Dry brush" the color to the raised areas of the leather. Dry brushing is a process of first wiping most of the paint from the brush then gently dragging the brush over the surface of paint area. The paint will adhere to the raised areas and will not seep into the deep areas. 

For black leather, use the raw umber to "Dry brush" the color to the raised areas of the leather. 

 
leather Step 3 Step 3 (Final Highlight) - For brown leather, mix (3) parts flat yellow to (1) part flat red and (1) part burnt sienna to create a light orange-brown. "Dry brush" the color to the raised areas of the leather using more paint towards the seams or edges of the leather. This step will age the leather and the more orange added, the older and worn the leather will appear. My reference photo has heavy highlights to create an antique look.  

For black leather, use the model master "leather" color as the final highlight. Use the highlight color sparingly on black leather, just try to add some wear to the seams and areas where the leather would be well worn. 

Leather Step 4 Step 4 (Dullcote) - Spray the whole sculpture with dullcote to blend and seal.  
Multiple Views of Completed Figure (Brown Leather)

Leather View aLeather View bLeather View cLeather View d

Leather View eLeather View fLeather View gLeather View h
Multiple Views of Completed Figure (Black Leather)
Leather View aLeather View bLeather View cLeather View dLeather View h

Continue to Part 5, Goggles:

 

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