Painting the face
Some people find painting faces quite difficult, but it is the same as painting clothing. Using the same techniques we have used before, we apply a base coat first (Matt Flesh).
For the wash, we use a darker fleshy colour. I used Red Brown as gives a very bold deep flesh colour.
Once the wash has dried, carefully dry brush the face and take care not to get paint on the head gear. I also mix a very light flesh colour and line down the bridge of the nose and on the cheek bones.
On the above photo I jumped ahead a bit but will explain what I did with the face detail.
1. Eyebrows are done with a deep brown.
2. Lips are done with red brown.
3. Eyes are first painted in with a black elliptical eye shape. Then put two dots of white slightly in from the corners. This gives the impression of eye lashes and an eagle eyed stare.
If you need further tips on painting eyes, just Google it as there are several ways but I find this the easiest way which gives the best effects.
Now you have completed the painting on the figure, we need to protect it and add that final touch.
To protect the figure I use Humbrol Clear-cote gloss varnish first as it gives the figure a hard protective skin. After this has dried, I then use Clear-cote matt varnish as it gives the leather jacket a nice satin sheen and also makes the colours more realistic.
Hope this review has inspired some of you to have a bash at painting your own figures. There are many websites out there that will go into greater detail but at the end of the day, there are no hard and fast rules, just technique and practice.
Oh and one last tip when highlighting and doing the face. Do a bit of painting then put the figure down, go out of the room for 5-10 min and then come back an look at it again. You will notice improvements and detail that you have not seen before because you have been staring at the figure for too long.