Customs: Painting Gradients

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  1. LeAmourVrai

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    I would like to know how do you paint gradients? I usually see these technique applied when painting ROTF The Fallen's lava pits. EnclineDesigns have also used this technique to paint his custom Masterpiece Grimlock's sword. Does anyone know how do I paint gradients or is there any tutorial out there (and I have searched for it but to no avail)? Thanks for reading and I hope you help me! :) 

    Examples of technique applications:

    Zildjian's ROTF Leader Class The Fallen: Customs By Zildjian

    frenzyrumble's ROTF Leader Class The Fallen: Leader Class : The Fallen (3) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    EnclineDesigns' ROTF Leader Class The Fallen:
    http://gallery.mac.com/enclinedesig...source=web.jpg&type=medium&ver=12731084000001

    EnclineDesigns' Masterpiece Grimlock:
    http://gallery.mac.com/enclinedesigns/100095/CIMG1738_1/web.jpg?ver=12731035250001
     
  2. Superquad7

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    By brushing, you can simply mix paints while they're wet.

    With sprays, it depends on how you lay your paint down. The further away you spray is the less paint you get on a piece.
     
  3. LeAmourVrai

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    Can you elaborate more on the brushing part? Because I would like to know the process. And do you mean like... take the Masterpiece Grimlock's sword for example, I paint the bottom red then the top orange, while it is still wet, I somehow combine the paint together by brushing it. Is that what you meant by "simply mix paints while they're wet"?
     
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    Yes. While the first coat is still wet, you add the second color. This will blend both colors together.

    For example:

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/radic...ts-what-you-turned-me-into-robot-monster.html

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    If you look at the hood, I did this very process. First I painted the blue, and while the blue was still wet, I painted the white. Where the blue meets the white is where I blended the colors. On this particular piece, the blending is rough, but that's the desired effect I wanted, since I was aiming for a "junker". To get this more refined, you would simply make the coats that you're blending thinner when you're blending (if you're using acrylic, you'd use water; for enamels, you'd use thinner).
     

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  5. LeAmourVrai

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    Thank you for your help! :D  I didn't thought it would be so easy. :p 
     
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    It's worth noting you should never use your paints straight out of the pot when doing this. May sound obvious but the amount of times I've accidentally contaminated my paint is getting silly :p 
     
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    As long as you keep your brushes clean and make a point not to mix while you're doing this you'll be fine. I generally keep my brushes in a cup and water all the time.

    It's a good note of caution, though, because this mistake is very easy to let happen.
     

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