I knew NaMoPaiMo was a really good idea, but I couldn't have predicted the sheer awesomeness of the NaMoPaiMo Facebook page. The amount of information being shared there is staggering. It's like a graduate course in model horse finishwork.
But... it's still Facebook. All that good information is jumbled, scattered and often hard to find.
In an effort to preserve the knowledge beyond this year's NaMoPaiMo, I bring you Tutorial Tuesday. Today and every Tuesday for the remainder of this month, I will attempt to share as many of the Facebook tips and tutorials as possible.
First up is Sara Gifford's Helpful Shading Guide:
To prevent your model from looking flat, you need to add some contrast to your finishwork. This diagram shows you how to realistically shade your model.
- The areas marked 1 are a darker, shadow color
- The areas marked 2 are the main, base color of the model
- The areas marked 3 are a lighter, highlight color
Additionally, the area between the cheekbone and muzzle should be a blend of 2 and 3.
But that's not all... Sara also included this collage to encourage people not to give up on their models.
She says: It's okay to feel frustrated in the ugly stages or screw ups... Worse case, it needs to be slapped with primer. But before you do that, try to push through it. It could pay off. At one point this guy could have been a gold trophy. I like to use one strong layer of pure Pearl-Ex right at the beginning. This time, I screwed up and used the wrong shade. I didn't notice until I sealed it. I worked though the layers by adding other pigments to counter the gold, and it worked out in the end. His color came out nice, even with that little screw up. I bet most of you would have never known had I not said anything!