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Re: 4dEFCON's Head Painting Tutorial - WIP + Mini Competition!

Just a quick question, If the sculpt is an unpainted resin head do I need to prepare it (i.e. Cleaner or primer) before painting?

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Great tutorial by the way!
 

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Re: 4dEFCON's Head Painting Tutorial - WIP + Mini Competition!

One question, is the matte spray you're using lacquer based?
 

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Re: 4dEFCON's Head Painting Tutorial - WIP + Mini Competition!

Just a quick question, If the sculpt is an unpainted resin head do I need to prepare it (i.e. Cleaner or primer) before painting?

Thanks.
Great tutorial by the way!
Thanks! No you should be able to paint straight onto it. I'd probably give it a bit of a wash in warm soapy water and rinse to make sure there is no release agent still on it. Might be worth a quick spray with the matt varnish first as it stops the paint from instantly pooling on the smooth finish.

One question, is the matte spray you're using lacquer based?
I believe so. Put it this way, you need to spray it in a well ventilated area and would advise against having any open flames whilst doing it! :)
 

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Re: 4dEFCON's Head Painting Tutorial - WIP + Mini Competition!

That said, I had paint lift on me when painting a resin head, I primed it and it didn't happen. I had some old primer left over that was still good after nearly 20 years. It was matt grey with copious amounts of matt varnish mixed in. It still gives a great finish even now.

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Man, that looks nice! Definitely the right one :cheers
 

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Re: 4dEFCON's Head Painting Tutorial - WIP + Mini Competition!

Very nicely done indeed,

I really like the idea of using washes for the hair, that was one I hadn't thought of.

It'd be nice to see either a daylight or studio shot of the finished head as the workbench lighting doesn't really bring out the subtleties of the paintwork.

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Re: 4dEFCON's Head Painting Tutorial - WIP + Mini Competition!

At the request of Roger, here are some better shots taken with my more expensive camera in better lighting (the tutorial was done with my cheap point and shoot, in case of a paint accident!)... Cheers.

 

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Wow, looks really good with the better camera! The improvements really shine, funny how often quite good sculpts are ruined by poor paint jobs!
 

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I'm watching for that final edit into a single post, so this can be printed as a pdf for future easy reference. Thank you!

[Please do not include me in the drawing; I'm already equipped -- beautiful idea to help someone get a leg up!]
 

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Re: 4dEFCON's Head Painting Tutorial - WIP + Mini Competition!

Wow, mate that is awesome! You have really given this HS a whole new life. The skin tones really show up well in these shots. Great tip on dabbing the varnish on to add texture - I never would have thought of that.

A quick question though: I notice that you do not apply any highlights to places like the nose, ears or other prominent parts of the face, or even to his hair for that matter - is there a reason for this? Not that it is lacking as it is.

Great job and thanks for the tutorial.
 

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Re: 4dEFCON's Head Painting Tutorial - WIP + Mini Competition!

turkeyshot said:
A quick question though: I notice that you do not apply any highlights to places like the nose, ears or other prominent parts of the face, or even to his hair for that matter - is there a reason for this? Not that it is lacking as it is.
I do indeed highlight the nose and the ears, check out the 'shading map', although I admit, I didn't draw on it the ear lobes! I'll make sure that is in the final edit :)

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Thanks for the pics,

That head really pops now, well done!

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Wow. I'm not sure what else to say, except Thank You!!! This is an awesome, awesome tutorial!
 
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