Stonewall's Vanity

Well, it's starting to look like something, finally.

Around his collar and on his gloves I started with Vallejo pale sand.  Naturally, the nozzle was clogged, so I tried to clear it out with an X-Acto blade tip.  Then I squeezed it over my palette... and squeezed... and squeezed... and BAMF!  nozzle popped out and the entire bottle splattered across my whole painting table.  Luckily Stonewall was spared, and no major works were affected, but a couple of semi abandoned pieces got a drop or two, and most of my tools got a rich striping, including my wash basins, my palette, the wall, my glasses, hell, the lamp got some.  ANYWAYS, once cleanup was finished, those areas got coverage, about 3 -4 layers for a nice solid color.  I used some of the W&N oils naples yellow hue to give the collar a bit of a blend, which looks pretty spiffy I feel.  Just to get a feel for the gloves, I put a thin thin wash of GW devlan mud (the first GW paint to touch the model), and used Vallejo flat earth to put a base coat onto everything that will be gold, so buttons, collar insignia, and forearm flocking.  Then another bit of devlan mud over that, and once dry, a wet brush layer of vallejo shining gold.  Pretty happy, although painting tiny wreaths is something I've never been very good at, especially with metallic paints.

Metallics are both simple and a nightmare.  Its basically a pigment with glitter in the carrier.  Maybe due to this extra mass, they get extremely globby and tend to separate so much quicker than normal colors.  That being said, Vallejos are a lot better than most metallics, due to the miniscule grains of glitter as opposed to larger flakes found in ...say... GW paints (sounds like I loathe GW paints, but I dont, I just dont like them for a lot of things that Vallejo or others do better, although GW washes and foundation paints are well worth the coin, unless youre mixing your own washes (more on that in a future post)).  Once that all dried, in a fit of excitement, I painted his hair.  You'll notice there is a sharp, bright line between his hair and his skin, which looks terrible.  I'll be using a glazing technique to smooth that out, but I wanted the black to be completely dry (still wet in the pics, hence the gloss sheen).

However by the time I got to this point, its nearly 2am.  I'm running on mostly coffee at this point, and I'm beginning to get the shakes.  Which brings me to my next point.

Potassium.  This is a trick surgeons use to keep their hands steady:  eat a banana or two and get a burst of potassium into your bloodstream, which helps to steady the shakes.  When youre painting, its important to be comfortable.  comfy chair, comfy climate, comfy music.  But its even mroe important to be comfortable in your own body.  you cant paint well if your body isnt doing what you want it to.  have some food on your stomach.  have a banana.  have something to drink on hand and stay hydrated.  Your brush will be like a richter scale if youre shaking too much (and we ALL shake), so do as much as possible to satisfy simple needs like hunger and thirst.

Not a lot left, dying to get it finished!  Then we can base him, let it dry, and ship him off (I dont see this being done in time to mail for Christmas, but itll be there before 2012 I hope)

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