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Tutorial - Painting Stubble


Joel from PaintMyBits has another Tutorial for you all. This time he will be going over the use of glazes to give your baldies a good 5 o'clock shadow.

Read more to find out how he does this.




These are your ingredients for this assignment today. Kislev Flesh can be substituted for whatever mid tone you have used for your particular face.


First up, mix the brown with your flesh colour. Now I could give you ratios here but I think you should mix to taste, gain some experience and practice. Just decide what you want, a real grubby two weeks in the field look or clean shaven subtle shadow.



Add in some grey to the mix. This part is where following what I say and experience will show. At this stage it may look dark enough for stubble but then you apply to the model and it does not show up. Because of this we can pop another brush tip of grey into the mix, just to be sure.


Take your painted face and put a nice thin layer of stubble where you want it to go. remembering your marines have a testosterone level only rivalled by Russell Brand, so make sure it follows a set hair line.


It will not show up very much either because of the glaze medium. 


Let it dry and put another layer on.


Above shows two layers and as you can see your face has a lot more character already. You can go darker by adding more layers depending on what you want.  If you do do this you may loose detail on your high/low lights.


To combat this you can just add a touch of brown to the mix to darken it and then selectively reapply any shadows on your stubbled area you feel you may have lost.  This also works on the reverse, add a little more grey and flesh colour to lighten and go that step further and put small stubble highlights.


Shaved heads are done in the same way but I apply the paint in a different way after the initial couple of layers.


Using just detail brush you have been using after 2 thin layers to establish the hair line I then stipple the paint on.

Study a mate's shaved head, its not a uniform shade! Plus I reckon saving the Imperium every other day will lead to scars and the odd case of stress-induced alopecia.



















Once again, changing of the tone ever so slightly will give more realistic results when gently stippled on.


















All done. Please have some fun trying this. If it works for you, you will add a level of realism you will really be happy with. Experiment and push yourself, you will be surprised how easy this is with a steady hand.

Thanks again Joel! Let us know what you would like Joel to cover in his next  tutorial.

Martok

2 comments:

  1. Awesome, jsut awesome. I will be stealing this very soon.

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  2. I am glad you found it helpful. It is surprising the difference something so subtle can make.

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