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Basics of Figure Painting (Continued)

By Michael Johnson

 

The following is a very basic process for painting the uniform.

 

 

Supplies:

 

Enamel Paint Colors Used

  • Flat Field Drab, Model Master 1702

  • Flat Black, Model Master 1749 

  • Flat Armor Sand, Model Master 1704

  • Steel, Model Master 1780

  • Testors "Dullcote" spray paint

Oil Paints

  • Small tube of artist oil "Raw Umber" 

  • Small tube of artist oil "Flake White"

  • Small tube of artist oil "Yellow Ochre"

Brushes/Miscellaneous

  • Medium detail brush- Sable Hair or soft bristle

  • Turpentine

 

Part VI: Uniform 

 
Uniform Step 1 Step 1 (Base) - Paint the entire uniform with a base of 2 parts Armor Sand mixed with 1 part Field Drab and allow paint to dry completely.
Uniform Step 2 Step 2 (Dark Shadows) - Blend equal parts yellow ochre with raw umber and paint the mixture into the deep recesses of the uniform. 
Uniform Step 3 Step 3 (Shadows, Blending) - Use the clean soft dry detail brush to gently blend the shadows. Blending is a process of removing the thick areas of the paint with the soft dry brush and blending the edges into the undercoat with a soft zig-zag motion. 
Uniform Step 4 Step 4 (Highlights) - Use the medium detail brush to apply a thin layer of a mixture of 2 parts flake white with 1 part yellow ochre to the raised areas. Allow the paint to set for about an hour before proceeding.
Uniform Step 5 Step 5 (Highlights, Blending) - Use the clean soft dry detail brush to gently blend the highlights using the same blending process described in step 3. 
Uniform Step 6 Step 6 (Final Highlights) - Use the medium detail brush to apply a thin layer of "Flat or Flake White" as shown. Allow the paint to set for about an hour before proceeding.
Uniform Step 7 Step 7 (Highlights, Blending) - Use the clean soft dry detail brush to gently blend the highlights using the same blending process described in step 3. 
Uniform Step 8 Step 8 (Dullcote) - Spray the piece with dullcote to seal it and also to help to blend the layers. The dullcote is dry to the touch after about an hour and is completely dry after 24-hours. 
Uniform Step 9 Step 9 (Detail) - Paint the details as preferred, I used flat back "drybrushed" with steel for the metal components. The leather strap was painted as described in the leather section and I added some color to the piece with the awards on his chest.
Multiple Views of Completed Figure 

Uniform View aUniform View bUniform View cUniform View d

Uniform View eUniform View fUniform View gUniform View h

Continue to Part 7, Canvas:

 

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