Wednesday, November 13, 2013
There's just not enough people who want to oil a snake..
I have been mentioning making a how to for using oil washes, well it started out as making a How I paint my Dusk Wolves. But it seems to have gone more in the direction of how to use oil washes. I will make another one for painting the Dusk Wolves as I have been asked a couple of times.
This will be less of a step by step (though it may contain some) but more of all the things to think about when using them and the recommendations I have.
First off using oils take a lot longer then using water based products. It will take longer as you'll have a much longer working time as oils are slow drying. It will also take more steps to make sure your model comes out correctly. Water based paints dry quickly, sometimes too quickly. Oils are solvent/oil based and dry via oxidation not evaporation like water based products do. Different thinners can speed up or slow down the drying time but we really won't worry much about that. Just a note, don't use Linseed Oil or other oils to thin your paint unless you have a lot of time on your hands. It will make the paint smoother but could take a week to dry (or even longer in some cases).
As it's best to start in the beginning that's where I'll start. I'll get into what products I use ..
Oil Paint - I use Windsor Newton but any artist oils will do
Palette - to Mix, I use cheap plastic ones for mixing
QTip - These will be used to wipe away the extra paint your don't want. You can use a brush, rag or whatever you want.
Gloss Clear Coat - It's best to clear your model before going over it with oils. And that's for a couple of reasons, one the oil can craze your acrylics and that sucks unless you are going for that look. If you are going for a crazed look apply some mineral spirits over your acrylics (very lightly or you'll remove it, here is where linseed or other oils work better). But back to the point, the clear coat will also allow you to wipe away any extra oil paint, you will have extra and this will save the paint underneath. It also increases the surface tension of the model (using gloss) and will allow the paint to run into the cracks quickly and pretty easily.
Ok, now that we have the items listed lets get into it.
Once you have the base colors you want:
You also don't have to just make a mess, sometimes you might want them to look clean. Clean but shaded and if you've painted white a lot before you know how much of a pain it can be. Oil can make it quick and painless. Here are a couple of shots of my Dark Angel Termies in progress, I want it to be a clean shade so only the recess is left. All the highlight sections were cleaned off.
It's not just for brown and black, you can do it with any color.
I hope this info helps and makes sense, if there are any questions about anything let me know and I'll add them in.