View Full Version : Question about shading and wash, on WIP
03-24-2009, 09:55 AM
Hey guys, Im still new to using a wash. I did it for my Joe Canuck figure, but it was easy because he was pretty much the same color throughout. Im not too sure where and what color to add the wash(es). For this custom, he has 2 main colors with 1 highlight colors. Im wondering how you would apply a wash, is it 1 color throughout? or is it 2 seperate colors for each section, so a whitish wash on the black and then a grey on the white and then a light blue/purple on the pockets? Or does it make more sense to dry brush white onto the boots and arms and then only add a wash to the white parts? Any advise or tips would be appreciated, thanks. Oh and if you want to throw in any comments on the actual custom thats cool too.
Shiver, WIP (wont name a thread after him yet untill hes complete :) )
03-24-2009, 10:01 AM
I love Joe Canuck customs those look dope. Do him just like the guy in all but dry brush white around the black parts.
03-24-2009, 03:15 PM
Hey there! Basically was wash is used for shadows and drybrushing is used for highlights, the lighter parts. Working with white you can go a couple of different directions.
One is to paint the basecoat a light or medium gray and do a dryrbushing of white, a couple of times. I did that with my Jin joe figure.
Another way is to basecoat white, then do a wash of Tamiya clear blue, and then drybrush white over that for the highlights. My Marvel Legends Jin features that paint job. You can use a light blue regular flat color too.
And you don't need to use the same technique on all the parts. That is to say a wash and dryrbrush on each colored section. You could leave the pockets blue and just use black to line in around them and accent the main features like the flaps, etc. Or do just a wash on the arms and the whole wash/drybrush on the body. Many different ways and you'll eventually find your own style.
Head over to my site and check out all my painting guides for inspiration if you'd like.
03-24-2009, 07:15 PM
Washes are tricky on these figures because you can get them pooling and getting a 'ring' of pigment, plus they tend to show cracks. I'd have a darker base colour and drybrush the main lighter colour.
03-24-2009, 07:58 PM
Looks good so far.
Take Jin's advice dude, he's a master, check out his site.
take jin's advice dude, he's a master, check out his site.
03-25-2009, 12:44 AM
Even better than Jin's site, check this out:
Literally hundreds of painting tutorials from some true masters (although there are an equal amount of beginner articles).
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