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Indian Skull & Tomahawks on Canvas.

Discussion in 'Step by Step' started by ZisisBFL, Nov 25, 2016.


  1. ZisisBFL

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    Hi all!! Haven't posted here for a long time, i found the time and photo material to do a step by step at my latest project! It's a pic of an indian-chief skull with tomahawks i found on the net!

    The surface i worked on was an A3 canvas with an Iwata micron cm-c+.
    For highlighting i used pencil erasers and scratching with blade.

    The colors are Auto Air Transparents and used as follows:
    No1 - Red Oxide - 200% reduction(for backround)
    No2- Root Beer - 200% reduction(for backround)
    No3- 2 parts Root Beer + 1 part black - 200% reduction(for backround)
    No4- Red Oxide - 300% reduction
    No5- 1p Red oxide + 1p root beer - 300% reduction
    No6- 4p red oxide + 4p root beer + 1p black - 200% reduction
    No7- 1p traffic red + 2p red oxide - 300% reduction
    No8- 2p root beer + 1p black - 300% reduction(general shadowing)
    No9- 3p root beer + 1p black - 300% reduction
    No10- 1p black + 1p white - 300% reduction
    No11- Tran.black - 400% reduction


    STEP-1
    I have taped down the canvas on a wooden board and layed it down almost flat on the bench. I began misting the No1 color on canvas. Then i used a glass cleaner(windex-azax), just gently pushing the trigger of the bottle for some grunge effect(removing it with a paper towel). I followed the same proccess with colors No2 and No3 until i was happy with the result. During this proccess i had the main theme protected with a paper-mask i've cut from a photo-copy. After i've finished i removed the mask, placed another photo copy(with pencil on the back) and traced the lines-shapes of the theme.
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    STEP-2
    Using color No2 i began to work on the skull. I work in light layers area by area and also highlighting with erasers & scratching
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    STEP--3
    I repeat the above stage on the skull using color No5. Always looking at my reference keeping the highlights & darks in place! For the "tattoo" on the face of the skull i used color No7.
    03.jpg


    STEP-4
    Now for the darker color of the skull No6. Layer by layer building the shadows and return for the highlights with erasers! Color No6 is also used to darken the "tattoo".
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    STEP-5
    Now i move on to the bandana. Firstly i used color No6-erasers for highlights and then for the darker parts of the bandana color No8. A trick for texturing this part is by shooting through a torn red scotch-brite(creating a cloth pattern). For the 3 little skulls of the medagion i used the same proccess and colors as for the main skull(colors No4-5-6). For the first outline-shadow of the skull i used color No8.
    05.jpg


    STEP-6
    On to the tomahawks body now! For the lower parts of the axes i drew the wood texture with color No6-keeping my highlights, then shadowing with color No5. After highlighting again i darken the areas needed with color No 6. For the upper parts of these axes i shot some No7 color for texturing-highlighting then color No6 for shadowing. For general shadowing i shot color No8.
    06.jpg


    STEP-7
    Now i moved on to the "headdress" using color No9 for texturing, return for highlights and finished with No8(shadowing around the skull also).
    07.jpg


    STEP-8
    I began the feathers now. Establishing the main part of the feather i used small dagger strokes with No6 color around the feather. When done i highlighted each feather with erasers-blades and came back with color No8 for darker parts and around the feather shadowing. Finished with scratching-highlighting where it needed!
    Moving up to the top feather section i've cut paper-masks to protect the axes from the overspray(used a spray-addhesive on back of the paper). Keeping in mind to paint the "upper" feathers first and the ones back in the shadows later using the same color proccess as step-8. I've found very usefull for the highlights the "scratchin" the color techique with blades for the feathers!
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    STEP-10
    After finishing the feathers i did an overall shadowing of them shooting color No8 and taking advantage of the paper-masks of the axes i shadow them also! For the "hairy" stuff between the "headdress" & the feathers i shot some No6 color(where i have left a blank space) and began to establish these "hairs-fur" with scratching. Finished this part using color No8 for more shadowing!
    Begining the axes i firstly used color No10 for texturing and scratching the highlights(very effective for "metal" surface). Same goes for the bottom part of the axes.
    11.jpg



    STEP-10(Final)
    Now for the final part i came with color No11 shadowing the deeper part of the axes & bottom parts. Using the blade i scratched the final highlights where needed! For overall shadowing when finished i used color No8 to deepen the shadows around the whole theme!
    12.jpg


    Well its ready now for framing! Whole project took around 40 hours.
    Hope you find this helpfull. Any questions are welcome!

    Cheers all!!
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    sweet job! Both on the painting and on the tutorial... very helpful
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    Great work and tutorial :)
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    Thanx for the sbs and beautifull job!!!
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    Nice to see you back, brilliant SBS, and lovely detailed painting. :thumbsup:
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    Thanks my friend!!
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    Cool painting and beautiful SBS!
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    Welcome back! Great work and thanks for the sbs along with your paint colors and mixing chart:thumbsup::thumbsup:
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    Now that is one cool piece
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    Hi Mr.M!!
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    Nice work - good to see you back! :)
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    What a cracker , thanx for a great SBS
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    Here's a better pic with better lighting & contrast, close to the actual colors of the painting!!


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    So amazing . Thanx for the pictures and the detailed SBS.
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    I have watched this four times. Thank you for the tutorial.
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    Love the piece & the instructional breakdown! I'm looking forward to your next one!
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    Wow that looks awsome!! thank you for taking the time to do a SBS for that, cant wait to see what you do next...
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    Looks great thanks for sharing

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    Amazing work! and fantatsic instructions. I'm a beginner and have benefited just from reading this post. thanks. ☺
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    well done. I love that skull. Thanks for the sbs
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