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Old 07-12-2003, 12:46 AM
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Hideho all,
Can some of you give me a few pointers on how to paint a pilot please?
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Old 07-12-2003, 12:54 AM
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Well, one good way to pain a pilot is to crash into his airplane.

.... or you could jump onto his frequency

.... anybody got any others?

Sorry about that. Actually the best way I have found to paint a pilot was to give it and a set of acrylic paints from a craft store to my daughter. A few days later, she handed me this...
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Old 07-12-2003, 12:59 AM
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Take away his plane.
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Old 07-12-2003, 01:02 AM
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Mike,
Use matte paints (no gloss except the eyes); craft type water based paints clean up easier. Once you get basic colors on the face, use a slightly darker shade and a dry brush to add shadows. It'll give the face more depth and realism.
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Old 07-12-2003, 01:10 AM
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Watch that you don't make it look bug eyed. The trick is to use an off white( I use a light grey) for the white part of the eye and a very light shade of the color for the center. The idea is to not have much contrast.
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Old 07-12-2003, 01:50 AM
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Good tips, thanks.
I bought 3 colors of skin tone today and I was told do the light colors first. I
m painting the "high G pilot" with the big *****e eating grin...
So tell me, where do I paint the shadows with the darker colors?
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Old 07-12-2003, 04:39 AM
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I think RCM or Model Airplane News had an article about painting pilot figures...I'll have a look and see if I can find it...
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Mike, make sure you put a think black line outlining the top of his eyes.....it gives the eyes more definition, depth & realism.
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where do I paint the shadows with the darker colors?
Look at your face in a mirror (there's a joke here somewhere), look at skin tones around the eyes, along the jaw line under the cheeks, places like that.

When trying to represent 3D objects in 2D (like on paper) darker shades will recede while lighter shades will come forward. The same principles apply here. So the tip of the nose, the forehead, chin and the cheeks should be the lightest shade. The trick is to blend the shades so you can't see the transitions from lightest to darkest.

Experiment on paper or plastic sheeting to see what I mean.
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Send the pilot to rwh's daughter.............
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Regarding the eyes (bug eyed look): ......paint the white of the eye first; then the iris color; then take the flesh tone color and with a fine tipped brush paint over the top 1/3 to 1/2 of the white area including the iris. Too much and the pilot looks a little sleepy, but usually still looks very realistic.

Or if you aren't a good RC pilot yourself; the bug eyed look might be appropriate!
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I have developed a method for face painting that works very well. First, apply skin-tone paint evenly over face if needed (if your pilot is made of beige rubber/plastic, then no need). Then, after painting the rest of the pilot, your thinner bottle that you use for brush cleaning will have quite a dark color. Dab this dark thinner with a brush onto the face liberally, then blot off with a paper towel. The blotting will create great shadows and features as the crevises in the face will retain a little more of the dark color than the high spots. You can add more darkness unevenly for a dirty look, or clean up with clear thinner if you've got too much.

After painting eyes white, lightly dab thinner around the edges of the white to soften it a bit. Of course, the hard part with the eyes is centering the eye so your pilot has a realistic look. Don't be shy to use thinner to "erase" the eye and try again to get a good end result.

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Check the IPMS (International Plastic Modelers Society) Website for figure painting. There are some really good websites and forums dedicated to painting faces on polystyrene.

You can find just about any topic that covers bases, hair color, weathering, young looking, old, female, male, and painting different races, and the hard part, eyes.
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OK, here he is.....drumroll please.....
This one is with my last creation, Homer lookin' on.


And this one with a model I used to get the colors right..

And this one he is sittin' in the cockpit of the Razzle.
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Hideho and one more thing,

Truth be told, he does look much better in person, there is more shading that does'nt show up when there is a flash...
Thank you all who offered good advice, I am completely happy with the results.
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Originally posted by scottrc
Check the IPMS (International Plastic Modelers Society) Website for figure painting. There are some really good websites and forums dedicated to painting faces on polystyrene.

You can find just about any topic that covers bases, hair color, weathering, young looking, old, female, male, and painting different races, and the hard part, eyes.

BTW, I spent an hour looking for info on how to paint faces and was unable to come up with a single thread or tip.
Thanks for your time nonetheless.
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Mike,

You did a great job.
It is always difficult doing self portraits..........
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Here is a little info. for future reference.

http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazin...aint_faces.htm
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Originally posted by jemo
Mike,

You did a great job.
It is always difficult doing self portraits..........

LOL!!!


Good job, Mike!

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I just noticed in the background of one of your pics the "Snipe Hunting" book. Have you ever been??!!

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I agree with the "no gloss" paints tip. Only flat.
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Glad you're happy with the results. I think he looks great!
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Mike Bogh, your workshop is too clean, I hate you
Just kidding!
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Here's the best information I found on the subject of pilot painting:

[link=http://www.modelairplanenews.com/how_to/personalize_pilot1.asp]Model Airplane News[/link]
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