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Paint for light shading ?

Discussion in 'Airbrush Paints' started by Pete lloyd, Mar 15, 2019 at 12:31 PM.


  1. Pete lloyd

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    Hey fellow airbrush girls and guys !

    I have now got my equipment and i am ready to start painting apart from waiting for my paint to arrive.

    I have a newbie question that id really like some advice on.

    What type of paint is used for shading in portraits and things like that i am talking about the black and grey style.
    I have opaque paint in black and white on its way but was thinking i need some semi or transparent paint to create the look. Unless you can reduce the opaque black ?

    I am after a real light shade to map out the portrait first then build from there.


    Thanks for your time



    Pete
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    I use transparent shadow gray or transparent black and add it to a transparent base to make it even more transparent.
    At least that is the way I do it everyone has there own way.
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    I use transparent smoke or if I paint with a light gray I just add some black to white till I get the color I want
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    Thank you
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    Okay would this be transparent or opaque paint? Thanks you
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    Wicked makes a Transparent Smoke which is about like Golden High flows Shadowing Gray transparent. On the Gray scale that is Opaque and just making your own grays. 1% black to 99% white for the lightest gray.
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    I see you already got some good answers and if you want to go for black make sure you make it transparent enough I use 1 part paint to 20 parts transparent base when I use a opaque color like black or white and remember you still dont have a transparent paint or even a semi transparent paint but it it takes much more layers to reach the max saturation

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