Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Painted a leather jacket today

So today I used oil paints to paint a brown leather jacket on one of my Soviet tank crew figures.

It was a pleasant change to be able to paint it in natural sunlight, rather than under artificial light. As a result, when I took photos of it this evening under a lamp, it looks freakish and cartoonish and crazily exaggerated.

I'll never get over the difference between working under natural and artificial light.

I find that oil paints are just the bee's knees when it comes to painting leather. The semi-gloss result, the delicious blending between colours - this is the one situation when I will always recommend one medium over the others. Acrylics and enamels are much of a muchness with oils in all other situations, I can make cases for and against in most situations.  But for brown leather?  Nup, oil paints every single time.

Until next time,



So those yellow highlights look freaky in these photos.
In real life, it looks nothing like as garish.
(Which is a relief.)

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