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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Painting A Siren-Tutorial Step 1

Today I am going to begin a tutorial on how to paint the Siren from Harwood Hobbies.  She is 37mm to the top of her head and is quite an unusual sculpt.

In this installment I will be dealing with choosing a palette and mixing the colours needed to paint her skin.



Because she is a Sea Creature, I chose to paint her skin in a deep Aqua Blue, a colour I do not have in my possession. Therefore I chose to custom mix the desired colour.


All colours used are Reaper unless stated otherwise.

In the top row from left to right are Brilliant Blue, Pure White and Saffron Yellow.

The first step is to mix BB and PW to obtain a medium blue (second row on the left) Then mix small amounts of SY until you achieve Aqua (second row, right).  Because I wanted the base coat dark, I added back a small amount of BB (bottom), which gave me a deep Aqua.

In order to choose an entire palette that would work with the Aqua and would be representative of ocean colours, I searched for pictures of sea coral for inspiration/





From these pictures I determined a palette of Mint Green, Coral and Coral Pink would work well with the Aqua. 

In segment 2 I will cover painting the wings and her hair. Colour mixing will be discussed as will the technique of wet blending on the miniature itself.


74 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to this series of posts Anne, always nice to see how a painter achieves the end goal.

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    1. It really is time that I learn to do tutorials. I keep a personal W.I.P. on Reaper Forums and it's really helping me. I'll also post links to videos that teach colour theory and wet blending.

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  2. I will pay attention to this tutorial Anne. It is very interesting to work on different blue tones.

    Slainte

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    1. This is the first custom mixing I've done and with it I was able to use a three custom greens for the hair that work well with this blue.

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  3. Looks like a fun mini. I like odd color skin,and blue is a nice skin color... one of the characters on Farscape was a woman with blue skin and I always thought that looked great, yet you don't see many minis with blue skin. I like the color concept source pictures... good inspiration. I keep several folders on my computer of random pictures I run across that I find useful for color schemes, concept themes and such.

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    1. I've had her a while, but didn't know how to approach the sculpt. If I hadn't decided to find some sea pics, I'd never have come up with this palette.

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  4. She'll look great when you're done. Smart to use real ocean images for your color pattern.

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    1. This is the first time I've tried that and the wings and hair are done and the palette does work.

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  5. This is great Anne. Always keen to see how others create their masterpieces!!

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  6. I think I shall enjoy this series of posts. It is always good to not only see another's work but the process and thought behind the result. I like the colour choices so far and the sculpt looks a nice fine figure so it could and no doubt having already seen your work turn out splendid.

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    1. I maintain a personal W.I.P. on Reaper Forums now and that is really helping my painting. Also there are great painters over there to learn from. She is the neatest figure and so unusual I had to have her.

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  7. Look at you, "the student has become the teacher". Your inspiration is great. I would have no idea how to mix colors to get the color I'd want. The only combo I know is "yellow and blue makes green".

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    1. This is my first attempt at colour mixing. I've been reading up on it and learning from artist's tutorials on Colour Theory on the Youtube.

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  8. I'm also looking forward to this series. That's a good idea to take your inspiration for colours from sea coral.

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    1. The pics were necessary for me to work with this blue and use greens that would blend with it as well.

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  9. I am looking forward Anne good start , i like this miniature very fine .
    Slainte!

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  10. The figure is quite nice so I'm interested in what your end result will look like.

    Christopher

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  11. Hola
    Interesante,estaré a tentó
    un saludo

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  12. It is interesting to see how you put things together. I liked that you made the the aqua. Neato. And fun.

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    1. All the colours I'm using on her are custom mixed. I just don't have all the paints I need and this way I can get things exactly the way I want them.

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    2. I love that. And it makes good sense. That's also how I feel about making gravies, sauces and soups. I like mixin' my own. Just more fun.

      How your energy today? I went shopping with Tim's mom and got a little tired at the end, but didn't need a nap when I got home. So that was good. Bought new shirts. And not a one, from the Chubba Bubba Collection.

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  13. Good! I really enjoy tutorials even if I don't adopt the painting style. It's good to see how others think. BUT 'mixing the colours' - it'll give many wargamers a severe bout of the Inca quickstep!

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    1. The colour mixing will make their heads explode!

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  14. Looks prettty cool! I hope I can do it that well some day... I'm pretty bad haha.

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    1. It seemed mysterious and hard to me when I saw others do it. But the Youtube has great tutorials on all this stuff. I'm going to link to one on wet blending and one on Colour Theory in the next post.

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  15. did her mom hang out much with Papa Smurf? :)

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    1. Now that you mention it....God noooooo!!!

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  16. Well what can I say about this figure.....
    the colors okey, but the figure WOW
    I don't mind the colors, she looks fantastic.
    Seems I buy my figures at the wrong place, hahaha

    Good luck on her, but that won't be a problem for you!!!

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    1. She is such a unique figure and in many ways she's like old school Grenadier. I can highly recommend Harwood Hobbies as their sculpts are good and their service is fantastic.

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  17. First time on your blog. Love the miniatures.

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  18. The colour is looking good and I cant wait to this develop

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    1. I'll have the next step up on Thursday I think. Thanks PK!

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    1. I knew you'd like this one Fran!

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  20. Look at you with the fyi, as you train all under your sky. But damn I hope she doesn't move to fast, those wings could chafe haha

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    1. I know. Those wings are sitting pretty low. First time I've seen a figure with wings in that particular place.

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  21. I used to do a lot of wet blending on the miniature... until I started having issues with getting interrupted and not being able to get the colors to match exactly when I went back to it. I don't think I'll really ever be able to do that kind of thing again. Or, at least, not for another decade.

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    1. I write down my mixing recipes in ratios so I can duplicate them later. It's the only way to do this kind of thing.

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  22. Great insight into your process. I love how you're taking the colors from the sea. Very cool.

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  23. Great idea, I'm looking forward to this. I have been painting the same average style for too long. Perhaps you can teach an old dog a new trick.

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    1. The place to go to improve is Reaper Forums. Everyone keeps personal W.I.P.'s so you can learn from them and there are loads of tutorials. Also, the staff painters at Reaper are there and they'll answer questions. Also there are absolutely no trolls on that forum.

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  24. What pickleope said. Good work Anne. Proud of you and tutorial is useful.
    She kinda looks like Hindu god/goddess, I don't know the aqua blue thing or that bird human thing hybrids thing and she looks so fierce and fiesty.

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    1. She's quite an unusual mixture of creatures. She has talons in place of hands and feet, but somehow I think she manages to be beautiful.

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  25. I like this Anne! I'm excited to see what you do...knowing full well, I would never ever be able to duplicate it!!

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    1. She's looking good so far. Now I need to make one custom wash and if that works the rest will be easy.

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  26. This will prove to be a fascinating series of posts Anne, I am really looking forward to seeing the miniature come to life. I love the rationale behind the colour palette, should prove to be a winner.

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    1. Without using Colour Theory I couldn't have made this palette work. I've got loads more to learn, but it's like a new door has opened for me.

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  27. It' s your first painting guide, isn' t it Anne?

    A blue siren...I like her :-)

    Obviously blue skin and black hair are a "must"...

    Marzio.

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    1. Yes, it's my first tutorial. I thought she would be a good one to do as she's so different.

      No black hair for her. She's got three shades of green that blend in and out of a very pale aqua as the hair goes down her back. I like the effect a lot.

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  28. This is surely the start of a great tutorial. We'll see whether I like the choice of skintone, but for now I'm very curious to the outcome. The reference pictures are also very useful!

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    1. I'm in a "I'm doing things I've never done before" phase. She's experimental for me and some people may not like the skin tone. But I don't think the sculpt would work with a human skin tone.

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  29. Your post inspired a post.

    http://thrymstable.blogspot.com/2013/08/thought-source-materials-and-sourcing.html

    Good thing. I hadn't painted or done much else in a while. Needed something to blog about.

    Thanks.

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    1. Nice to see you here Thom. I'll be putting her in a W.I.P on the forum this weeks, but I can't show her backside there.

      I paint everyday and now I'm selling everything I paint, so I'm in overdrive!

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    2. Your blog was the first one I added to my list.

      I look forward to seeing where you take the siren.

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  30. I love that you started with an inspiration for your colors and I must try that. Its great to follow along & learn. Keep it coming!

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  31. Interesting figure. I am looking over your shoulder at your painting technique, don't mind me.

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  32. Very nice start - I have a bottle of Vallejo Blue Green - a rather light shade that looks very close to what you've mixed. Best, Dean

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  33. Third time is the charm for trying to comment here.. stupid net..
    Great work so far, and I like the direction your taking on it. Also like that you are going for a tutorial on it. I think you might want to look at the Vallejo range ( model, or game ) for some interesting color choices there also. For one off pieces, not needed, but if you plan to recreate it later, might be an easier path to take! Can't wait to see it finished!

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  34. It's going to be fun following this series of posts to see how you get your results

    Ian

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  35. Very nice miniatures, looking forward to see you finish this one and the tutorial will by useful.

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  36. Very cool looking figure and nice start to the tutorial. I'm excited to see the next part of the series. I am in desperate need of some kind of edification on the current standard of best painting practices.

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  37. I'm looking forward to actually seeing the process. I'm most used to the end result, just seeing it how you have it was fun.

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  38. Thanks for the tutorial. It is unusual in deed! I hope your hubby is coming along!

    Jan

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  39. Oh, there's just something so charming about blue cheeks!

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