Customs: Help:Drybrushing smaller details

Discussion in 'Creative General Discussion' started by iuJacob, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. iuJacob

    iuJacob Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2016
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    So after struggling with the 'how the hell are people painting with brushes and not getting brush strokes?!' dilemma, (and yes I tried with using thinner. I'm still terrible)...

    I found out that the look I like is primarily dry brushing anyway.

    However, it obviously doesn't offer the same amount of precision as brushing wet does.

    So what's the secret? How are people doing it?

    Just masking off the surrounding areas, and going to town?

    Edit: for example, here's a crap thing I'm working on. It's a BW Igaunus. For example, on the thigh, there are those horizontal ridges.

    On the calves, Where the details are in his legs, the tan colour has now gotten all over the 'metal' I did. There's also those little spikes sticking out of his legs that now have 3 different colours of paint on them.

    Or on the hands, where the silver paint has now runeth over into the lizard tan colours.

    And then there's the head. I have an older phone so the camera is shite. But you can sortof see all the details in his face.

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    Last edited: Jan 2, 2018
  2. Yaujta

    Yaujta Broken. TFW2005 Supporter

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    Dry brushing can be super easy or frustrating as hell. Depends on the desired effect.

    My personal method:
    -Good acrylics are best, not craft paint. I recommend either Valejo or Testors.
    -For brushes, I prefer stiff bristle block brushes. Again, none of those craft ones. They're crap. I use at least three, from very small to about 1/2-inch, depending on the surface.
    -Dip the brush tip in some paint, then wipe it off on a cloth or napkin to the point where it looks like it's clean. Drag the brush across the surface to paint, and some color should show. Repeat until satisfied.
    I usually use either very light strokes or very fast ones (out of context that sounds so wrong).
    Also, I like to layer the dry brushing. First coat would be close to the base color, then by the third it fourth hit, the highlights really start showing. I've found that one shot dry brushing looks kind of unfinished or sloppy.

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