Friday, August 28, 2015
WIP & On Display - MV Box. Plus: Review - Fernando Ruiz Painting Class
Suddenly a lot of the dark lines become light and the whole thing flips into a photo negative type deal o_O
Fernando has a very cool way of painting. He basically uses a lot of retarder in his acrylics to make them act like oils so he can do a quick color sketch of a whole mini and finish with a wet on wet technique and "save" areas he likes with a quick blast of a hair dryer. It makes for a very efficient and fearless style because if you mess up and the paint is still wet you can clean it up with a damp brush! What takes me 40+ hours takes him about 24. Here is a look at my palettes for the 3 areas I painted.
We all painted a Teutonic knight in his course. Not to a finished standard, but just areas to get a feel for his technique. Here is what I was able to knock out just in the course and these are just the color sketches without the last step which I'll explain after. Day one: face...
Its brilliant. I think this technique would be wasted on the details of smaller scales like 28-32mm, but on parts like cloaks, broad areas of skin and armor it would work quite well. On larger areas and minis it is like magic! I think that I have added a new awesome weapon for freehand and other tricks to my arsenal. I don't want to copy Fernando, but like I did with James Wappel's technique I plan to add this to my style and I am really happy to have had the opportunity to take the course. I will take any others that come to Toronto in the future and encourage anyone close by to come out when they are announced!
Also, here is a fun charity initiative if you are looking to contribute your skills to one: Little Heroes For Little Heroes
Next post: Back to a little Vignette that got side tracked and some more fun projects like more Star Wars Rebels minis for The Agent of Chaos :) Thanks for looking! Hit me up in the comments, check the blog roll and remember; you can't spell paint without a little pain!