So you want to learn how to paint, huh? You've come to the
right place. Casey Love will demonstrate a complete paintjob
on one of his pieces. Casey teaches how to paint using thin
washes of acrylic paints thinned with alcohol and water.
Typically, this painting style is done on prop type pieces that
don't get alot of flexing as acrylic paints could crack, but as
Casey will demonstrate, such a thin wash of pigment is used it's not
generally a problem and can be done on wearable pieces too.
Casey paints with FW Acrylics and Com Art acrylics.
He thins both with alcohol and for the opaque paints, he also thins
Discussion of an airbrush and air source is
beyond the scope of this article.
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by adding 2 drops alcohol to to 1 drop FW sepia translucent in a
small cup to make a wash. You can mix how much you want, but I
start with a small amount. I rarely use this technique because
it can make things look fake. Remember, wrinkles and details
don't have to really stand out for people to get the idea. one
problem I see is dark washes in every crack and detail and that can
make things look fake.
and side of the head): I use a Sepia Translucent wash to bring out
the details, by rubbing it into the details of the face.
Now you quickly want to wipe off the excess wash removing it from
all the high places. Apply it evenly and try to avoid hard
edges. Now take a damp Q-tip with alcohol and and carefully
wipe off all the high spots removing the wash. Don't remove
the too much from the detailed areas.
Wiping off the wash
of the head): I'm using Com Art manganese Violet hue thinned with
alcohol to make it more translucent. Carefully spray thin
spidery veins in a random pattern. Don't think about it, just
moving the airbrush under control. now mix Com Arts
transparent violet thinned
with alcohol and spray more veins. After this you will
have 2 layers of thin veins.
I use FW process cyan opaque and Com Art white
opaque. Just add a few drops of each color, you don't need
much. With the opaque colors, you need to add 2 or 3 drops of
water because they have more pigment. Add 3 drops of water and
add 6-8 drops of alcohol to thin it down. You wan this color
to be very translucent and thin. now I spray on a third layer
of veins with the cyan mixture and some bruised spots. You
want the bruised
to be a bit darker and to look deep in the skin, so soften them up
by pulling back on the airbrush and keep the brush moving in a small
circle or oblong shape. Don't spray a perfect circle, you want
them to be very soft looking.
I spray the cyan mixture over some of the violet veins to deepen
them and too help add depth. You will notice that spraying the
translucent blue over the red will help darken the red in a
different way. It adds alot of depth. This trick will
work with alot of color combinations, so experiment.
use Com Art white opaque. First add 3 to 4 drops of water,
then about 10 drops of alcohol. You want the white very thin
and translucent. Now spray the white about 6 inches away in a
wide spray to help tone down
the vein work. Don't overdo it or you will knock out alot of
the vein work. This will help to blend everything together.
Now just use these steps over and over to
achieve a greater depth. This gives the paint great depth by
layering on the colors in a blended fashion. This takes
practice and control with the brush, but the result is a very
realistic skin look and very subtle too.
of head) Use FW Translucent Sepia to put in a few different size
freckles. Don't think too much about them, just do it
randomly. This will also allow you see how much depth you
I mix FW cool grey opaque 4 drops with FW
process yellow translucent 2 drops. First, add water 2-3
drops, then about 10 drops of alcohol. Spray random thin spots
of this mixture and too done down some of the veins. This adds
Com Art moss green highly thinned with alcohol only (no water).
Never use water with transparent colors by themselves. Now
spray random veins. Also, some age spots too.
Use Com Art white opaque lightly thinned with
alcohol and water. Spray very thin light vein pattern in a
random sequence. This adds alot more depth to the paintjob.
Don't overdo it and the white veins should just be visible.
Keep them very subtle and very random. Don't knock out any of
the beauty marks you did before.
Adding varicose veins. I only do a
couple of these because they are strong and stand out more. I
put them on the sides of the head, nose, ears, cheeks, etc.
You need to mix up a deep red purple. I use Com art violet,
red and purple in combination. Spray the vein in a purple red
color and use a very, very thin brush to mix up a deep red using red
mixed with a touch of black and gently brush over the vein.