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Winged Parasaurolophus : Painting Process by emilySculpts Winged Parasaurolophus : Painting Process by emilySculpts

I’ve been meaning to do a painting process image for a while now, but I always have a hard time remembering to take progress photos while I paint.  I thought this guy would be a great example so I made it a point to remember photos this time!

Materials : Plastikote Sandable Primer, Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints, Krylon Matte Finish Spray, Delta Ceramcoat Gloss Varnish, Taklon Brushes

1 - Primer : After baking and sanding, I spray the sculpture with Plastikote primer.  I then use fine steel wool to remove any residual grittiness left by the primer.  This grittiness can be especially bad on humid days.  

2 - Base Coat : The base coat of paint covers the entirety of the sculpture and is built up in thin layers.  This took four layers of paint before it became nice and opaque.  You don’t want to build up the paint to thickly, or it will give you sculpture a plasticy appearance.  It can also leave brush strokes or even fill in some of your finer details.

3 - Washes : I use a darker shade of the base coat, water it down, and brush it over the surface of the sculpture.  The watery consistency of the paint will allow it to flow into the creases of the skin.  I then dab off the excess with a paper towel as I don’t want any of that dark color on the raised areas of the texture.  After the initial wash is dry, I go back with a slightly darker wash to hit certain areas with deeper shadows.  I also built up darker coloration of the hands and feet using several washes.

4 - Dry Brush and Secondary Color : To create more depth in the skin texture, I use the dry brush method.   I use a lighter tint of the base coat, and wipe off most of the paint on a paper towel.  I then brush over the surface of the sculpture.  The raised areas of the texture will catch the paint, giving the impression of “highlights”. (Though remember, you aren’t actually painting lighting here).  I then use the same color to build up the lighter underside of the character as will as the large flight feathers.  Like the base coat, this secondary color was built up in four thin layers.  I also added some select highlights to the skin as well as the feathers.

5 - Additional Washes and Detailing : I apply a few washes to the light secondary color, allowing each one to dry before applying another.  I go back and individually define the lines between the feathers as well as some darker creases in the skin texture.  After doing this, I realized that the overall saturation level of the skin was looking a bit dusty to me.  I used a very thin wash over the entirety of the piece to “stain” it just a bit brighter.  After this dried, I painted in the teal and dark brown accents.

6 - Final Detailing : My final details are done with a liner brush.  Here, you can see I added some fine highlights and shadows to the crest.  

7 - Varnish : I use a few thin coats of matte spray varnish over the whole piece.  It leaves a very slight sheen that brightens the colors just a touch.  (Though not quite the difference that these photos suggest!  That is merely a change in light temperatures.)  I use brush on gloss varnish for the eyes, beak tip, and nails.  I also stain the base with a few watery coats of brown acrylic and varnish with gloss.

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Submitted on
May 9, 2014
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