The Trollblood Rök commission is now complete! This was a large undertaking and completely out of my comfort zone. Rök is a big and mostly naked humanoid with large flat surfaces. I'm used to either much smaller miniatures or very busy surfaces like scales.
Because of this, I took inspiration from the work of the French artists who specializes in these big naked monsters and did my best to up my game.
I have learned a lot about painting skin and a few tricks to improve my blending in general (wick the water off your bristles!) as well as color theory (I used Green at the bottom, blue in the middle and red on top to create three different area of interest that really pop!).
Many have asked me how I did the skin on this one; I've made multiple experiments, some stuck, some not so much. I wanted to take pictures of every step as a sort of tutorial, but my first attempt didn't work and I was too concentrated when doing my second attempt. Regardless, here is the rundown of what I did (including the redundance) here:
---Sebby's first recipe for frozen, muscular skin.---
Airbrush Phase 1:
- Base the whole model red (shadows)
- Midtone with teal (Trollblood Highlight from PP)
- Make a first light pass with yellow
- Make a second light pass with yellow/white mix
Paintbrush Phase 1 (The "bumpmap"):
- Gradient the light pass up to pure white
- Paint very thin lines in dark red color to represent veins.
- Highlight the painted veins with near pure white.
- Optional: stipple the skin surface with darker and lighter spots
These veins need to pop hard, as they will be nearly entirely covered by paint again by the time the miniature is finished. Their purpose is to add surface detail to the flat areas of the model and give a subliminal depth to the skin.
Airbrush Phase 2:
- Re-apply a coat of red shadows by spraying from underneath with red ink
- Re-apply a semi-translucent teal basecoat
- Apply a light coat of Purple ink from the bottom to blend the red and teal.
- Apply a light coat of blue ink everywhere.
- Apply a new light pass with yellow, then yellow-white.
Paintbrush Phase 2:
- Blend the colors a bit in general. Here I overdid it a bit and the only area we can really see the skin depth I wanted is the left scapula.
- Blend the highlights up to pure white.
- Glaze in blue to tone it down and blend a little.
- Wash the shadow areas facing up with green.
- Wash the shadow areas facing down in red, then purple
- Blend the face again up to pure white.
I hope this helped!
I believe the next time I have such a big naked model I'll try the dry pastel trick...