Wie Gehts??! hehe hello again!
its been a very interesting few days for me in terms of painting. First of all a massive thankyou to fellow painter Christian Reckerth (Bestienmeister) for some very nice comments he made on his blog about me, very unexpected! Anyone who doesn't know his works please go over to his blog:http://bestienmeister.blogspot.com/ Its one of the blogs i love to visit most because his painting is insane!! and he's a very cool guy. Maybe i will try get a painters interview out of him soon
Back to models for now. So its the first time in a very long time that my brushes have touched a small model. Ive been concentrating on monsters and large scale pieces for a while and i almost forgot how fun the small ones can be. There is a particular technique or idea that i'd like to talk about today and that is temperature.
Now there are painters out there who make amazing use of temperature changes in there models and this can be in one material or as an overall feel. I'm a big fan of Bohuns work because he plays with temperature expertly. Since the big purple and yellow minotaur i painted earlier this year, i've been experimenting with how to make a surface more interesting by changing the perceived temperature in certain areas. On my minotaur you can see this best on the abdominal muscles. However on my darkelf i have played a lot on the cloth areas with a balance between warm and cold purples. The great thing about purple is that it lies between red and blue on the colourwheel which means its very easy to change the perceived temperature however you can achieve the same effect with any colour. Adding a small amount of blue will make any colour colder, you can do this in the shadows, in the highlights (by using space wolf grey) or in the midtones. Or to make a colour feel warm its best to add yellow,red or orange.
Here is how the dark elf looks at the moment:
In the photos it is probably clearest on the back that the bottom of the cloak is cold and the top is warm (although with cold highlights) For me it makes the piece a little more interesting. Even if you dont know why, you naturally feel there is something a bit more special than if you just stick to one temperature!
For anyone interested here is how i have achieved this effect:
For the front loincloth the colours are warm(ish) at the top and cold at the bottom. Very simply i mixed blue and purple for the basecoat for the bottom cold area,,,and used a pink/purple at the top. Then you basically treat the two diff temperature areas like you were painting two different things. So the cold areas has a purple/blue base coat and i mix sw.grey in for highlights. You get a pastel, cold purple. For the warm areas at the top i mixed some vmc old rose into a warm purple for highlight, the old rose by itself,,then a little sw.grey by itself just to add a little interest (you have to remember that overal i want her to be cold) and then i think i added an off white(bordering on yellow) for the final highlights. On the inside of the back loincloth i did cold at the top and warm at the bottom and finally on the back its warm at the top and cold at the bottom again. This can be applied to anything!!
I want to make it very clear that this is NOT a technique ive invented, i saw bohuns crazy use of temp control and wanted to try it myself,,,i haven't looked at his tutorials so dunno how he does it but this is how i go about it.
I hope this is interesting and helpful to some people!
I will leave you with some pictures of other models i love that play with temperature: