Teaching a Noob How to Paint 3

There Is No Spoon learns the basics of painting from grandmaster 2DSick!

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  • And thus it came to pass that after sitting down at the feet of the Master @2DSick, I ventured forth from the Goosefeather Brush in search of equipment.

    At first I purchase some white primer & grey paint in a bottle, thinking to simply go over the old paint job, but when I presented this proposal to the Master, he demonstrated the gentle English coaching technique know as Ecky Thump.

    Then he spoke:

    "Wise man says: Painting is like Brazilian waxing - do it properly, or there will be tears..."

    Damn! So after looking around, I finally got a can of grey all-purpose paint that would not dissolve my plastic model on first contact. The next step was to strip off that old paint, so I bought a bottle of Dettol Concentrate, because I knew I'd need a lot to cover the model. Turns out this model is a monster to remove from its base after supergluing, and very few containers can accommodate its sea-urchin shape easily.

    I first tried putting it in a plastic tub 4/5 covered with a plastic cap to keep off the rain, flipping it over a few times a day - but when I came to scrubbing it off with a toothbrush it was a disaster. Gunk everywhere, paint stains everywhere, and stink everywhere - so again, I went out and got a bigger container, repeated the process, and the second time it worked - not fun spending an hour outside on a cold rainy day, but after just two weeks of screwing things up I had achieved THIS!

    The next day it was time to prime. What could possible go wrong right? Well... :thinking:

    I carefully read the instructions by glancing at the pictures. Apparently I needed to use a screwdriver to make sure it worked. Placing it carefully on the tiles outside, I pushed delicately at it. Luckily for me it was a lovely day. So when I blasted half my face and glasses with all-purpose primer, I knew it would dry fast: WITNESS ME!...It only took about 2 hours to wash off too. :wall:

    But now I had achieved THIS!

    Grey Primer

    The next few weeks were spent on and off trying to squeeze in 30 minutes here and there to either basecoat or wash the skin. I haven't worried too much about splashing the horns and spines, and I used a blend of Amy Painter's Matt White (2/3) & Necrotic Flesh (1/3) for the color and Citadel Earthshade for the wash.

    It's not perfect by any means, but I plan to use the ancient WotDG cop-out of splattered blood effects to cover the ugliest bits.

    So, as of now, it looks like THIS!

    Coat & Washes
    So far my 4 year old daughter has helped do all the washes, but she has mentioned many times that she is looking forward to doing the spikey bits next. We look forward to taking the next step on The Way of the Goosefeather Brush... :charge2:

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  • "Before you can paint like the masters of old, first you must master your body!

    You will only be ready for your training once you have acheived a push-up!

    That's right... a push-up with your thing... until then, you will deal with my assistant 2DSick....."

    Dooooooooood! You wanna scrap the old paint job eh?

    To dispose of the evidence, follow this guide. The perfect crime ;)

    Any snags, get back to me. Once you've got got the basic colour layered up, we can talk brush control. it's allll in the hips baby ;) [Read More]
  • It is said that when the student is ready, the teacher shall appear.

    So it has come to pass, that after many shameful soft-scores in painting, I have decided to make the pilgrimage to the remote monastery upon Mt. Awesomeness.

    There in the rarified mists of airbrush white 10632b and the pure waters of wash 90815c, I had heard there was a Master - him of the Goose Feather brush (or perhaps it was Heath?) who once made 2 dragons sick from envy with a mere puff of smoke from his pipe and a flash of his color palette!

    My knees trembling from the hike up the 1001 base-coating steps, I threw myself at his feet and my face burning with shame (and poor fitness), told him I wished to learn!

    However, before we could begin, he demanded a demonstration of my skills...So here goes

    OK, this time for real... :WDG:

    I know right. <X

    So, after nearly hurting himself with laughter, the Master agreed to instruct me in The Way of the Goose Feather. We shall begin with possibly the greatest challenge he has ever undertaken from a complete nOOb, for not only is he instructing me, but I will be inviting the original master-painter of my model to join along.

    And here it is:

    That's right, no pressure, just a 4 y.o.'s pride and joy. I'm sure she will be delighted when she finds out daddy is going to basecoat all over her proud art that she spent carefully painting one rainy afternoon.

    For anyone who wishes to join me on my odyssey of painting knowledge, you are most welcome to sit back and enjoy the ride.... [Read More]