I am taking one of Ken Farrar’s figures (Mil-Mart) and painting it using the tutorial by Penny Meyer in an earlier blog. I will post photos to show my progress (unless I make a real mess of things). I also want to correct a misimpression I left with the photos of Ken’s work posted earlier. They are much larger than the photos I included lead one to believe.
Step One: As you know, when working with resin, air holes are sometimes left on the surface of the figure. There were very few in this figure. I used Aves two-part epoxy putty to fill the holes. Not having much experience in this, I hope Aves works well.
Step Two: The figure undercoated. I painted it white.
I propped the figure upright with the light from my table shining down on the figure to help bring out the relief dimension of this figure. (Photos do not do justice to this figure. Ken did a great job sculpting.) And to give you some sense of the size, I put a bottle of Vallejo Model Color next to it. The figure is probably around 5 inches tall. I will, eventually, take photos of all the figures I received from Ken, prop them up with light shining from above and post them. I must say, I am amazed at how little Ken charges for these gems.
Trust me when I say I am not posting my work as being anywhere on par with the work of other painters who have already contributed to this site. I am a novice and thought it might be interesting for others to see what an amateur does with the direction of those who know what they are doing. I am hoping it will encourage others to give it a go. Perhaps you will walk away saying, “If he can do it, so can I.” This site exists to inspire people to paint and to sculpt and to engrave, and to enjoy the journey.
Perhaps I can even get some of the experienced painters in the community to post advice on how I can improve what I am doing for the sake of the rest.
This next photo is of my attempt to grayscale the figure. It doesn’t look the way I think it should, but then again, I am not sure how it should look due to inexperience. After reading Chuck Smith’s write up on his technique for gray scaling flesh with an umber, I toyed with the flesh a bit.
I tried very hard to make this stage look like the previous photo, looking constantly at the natural the highlights and shadows. Well, practice makes perfect. I’ll post more photos as I progress.