Sunday, March 30, 2008

Mummy

Another entry in the Egytian theme:This was one of the first pieces I did using floor polish. Yes, floor polish. We add it to the paint (plus a bit of water) on a palette before applying it to the fig. It thins the paint down but suspends the colour evenly, whereas with just water, the pigment tends to settle which results in an uneven wash.

Base colour is laid on, then thin layers of paint are applied (making each successive layer lighter) to "lift" the colour and give depth. You can see this on the bandages and on his loincloth. As opposed to drybrushing (where most of the paint is wiped off the brush before you drag the brush across a high texture (see L's Elf for an example), the floor polish method gives you a bit more control with the paint as well.

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