Scale Aviator International Magazine Issue 3 - Page 59

MASTER CLASS in PILOT PAINTING Get out that superfine brush and paint the eyebrow almost hair by hair. Definitely paint it the way the hair grows. Use the sculpted in hair as a guide and let the paint flow in the recesses. You don�t want a solid border defining the brow. It should be broken to suggest hair. Start with burnt umber to define the brows. Make sure they are even and somewhat symmetrical. Then paint in a thin bit of AMA Wood to highlight the area that gets lighter as it goes toward the side of the face. Again, use the sculpted in detail to your advantage. Let the detail do the work, that�s why I put it there! That should complete the face! If you start to feel like someone is watching you as you work, then you know you did a good job. My wife came into my workshop one evening after I had about 7 pilot heads completed. She said she had to leave because they looked so real they were “creeping” her out. So now I always keep a few painted heads lying on my work area... just kidding honey! HELMET I put a huge amount of detail in the helmets of my pilots because that is the topmost thing the viewed when your pilot is sitting in the cockpit. Most flight helmets are leather. The following technique works like magic in replicating leather of all kinds, but it works the best when your pilot figure has leather texture molded in the helmet. First paint the helmet, earphones and goggle frames flat black. When painting areas like this, it is quicker to paint where the black meets another color with a fine brush and then fill in with a larger brush. Kind of like coloring within the lines in a coloring book. After all is painted flat black and dry we are going to learn a technique called dry brushing. Dry Brushing is a fairly easy technique to highlight raised detail. A medium soft flat brush works perfectly. Mine is all curled out at the ends from use, which actually makes it work better. The trick is to not let a lot of paint come off the brush. To help this, just barely dip the tip of your brush into the paint. You only want about a 1/16 of an inch of paint on brush. In this instance, the color we are going to paint Sailor�s leather helmet is, uh, MMA Leather. After dipping your brush ever so slightly into the leather paint, brush it on an old clean T-shirt until there is almost no paint coming off the brush. (If you have visitors in your painting area, be sure to use an old T-shirt and not underwear... for obvious reasons.) Lightly whisk the brush across the area to be leather. Magic starts to happen and 59