All my WIPs from last week are making solid progress. Going to try to focus on the Fireblade first. Here's the latest.
I'm really pretty happy with how the head is coming along. As I mentioned the other day, I picked up a Scharff brush and am quickly understanding how much my old brushes were holding me back. Having a quality brush really makes your life SO much easier. If you haven't grabbed a decent one yet, do it now. It's worth the $20, trust me. Scharff, Raphael, and the Windsor Newton Series 7 seem to be the consensus top brushes on the blogs I visit, although I understand the Raphaels are dropping in quality.
My happiest discovery on this head was how great the GW washes are for simulating age spots. They've got a perfect translucent quality that makes them blend with the skin, and when diluted just the right way, can dry with a little bit darker edges. Perfect!
These bright orange models have always been a pain to shoot. The camera hates this color. Starting with a custom White Balance helps a lot though. Will need to keep messing with it as this is still a little more fluorescent than the real thing.
Major blocks of color are in and the wash is done. Now it's time to start cleaning it all up.