By RICK CANTU
Victoria Step - 1:
Colors Used: Pale Flesh, Violet Enhancer
Basecoat all of the exposed skin using GKC's Pale Flesh. Leaving some of the primer slightly visible in some areas.
Very loosely mottle the Violet Enhancer on to the skin. Paying special attention to the shadows under her eyes, the hollow of her cheeks, and also the creases where shadows would normally fall.
Make sure to keep your airbrush moving! Enhancers are very thin and will easily spider if left in one place too long.
Remember to paint her hands at this time, using the same techniques.
Victoria Step - 2:
Colors Used: Transparent Ocean Blue
Use the Trans. Ocean Blue to add veining to the skin. This will be covered by other colors later and will be very subtle, so don't worry if she looks a little weird at this point. Concentrate on keeping your lines thin and moving, take your time and practice on the blotter provided until you feel you have the hang of it.
Remember, veins are not straight lines, so vary their direction as you paint them on.
Look at your arms or look at your neighbor for reference to get an idea of placement.
Don't forget the hands!
Victoria Step - 3
Colors Used: Violet Enhancer, Buckskin Tan
Using Buckskin Tan a bit mottle over her skin. This is where you will start to bury the veining to make it look more realistic ... or as realistic as vampire skin can be.
After your first round of mottling, go back in with the Violet Enhancer to punch up the shadows. You'll want to add a bit more to her cleavage and the area above her breasts.
Once dry, begin gently mottling again using the Buckskin Tan to further break up the color. Once you're happy with the look of your kit, seal the work, using GKC Flat Cote Sealer.
Victoria Step - 4
Colors Used: Ivory White, Black, Transparent. Burnt Umber
Note: Because of the heavy pigmentation of the Ivory White, you might have to thin it down with a drop or two of water.
Using the Ivory White begin tightly mottling areas of her skin. Keep in mind that these techniques are not an exact science. You will want to tightly mottle some areas (above the breasts, temples, etc.) and loosely across the rest of her skin. Keep the airbrush moving at various distances to vary the line width. Here is where the skin comes together completely. Once you're done, look at her and see where you might need to add more of some of the previous colors. Remember, it's only paint, so you can't screw up! You're adding micro thin layers, so don't worry you're going to kill the detail as you keep playing with the colors.
Once you are happy with the skin, seal it with a couple of coats of GKC's Dull Coat or Satin Coat.
Basecoat the hair using the Black acrylic paint. When dry, use your Silly Putty to mask her face, for the more advanced painter, or you adventurous types, feel free to skip using the Silly Putty. Using the Ivory White, highlight the upper folds of her hair by drybrushing.
When dry (you will definitely want to mask her face this time) use the Transparent Burnt Umber, to spray over the top of the areas you've highlighted in white, blending this into the black portion of her hair.
When completed, you can look at the contrast between her hair and skin. If you're happy with the look, seal and let dry. If you want to adjust the skin coloring at this point, now's a good time.
When finished, seal. Use the Ivory White and airbrush, or brushs provided to add the color onto her eyeballs.
Use the Trans. Smoke to VERY lightly shadow the area at the edges of her hair. This is especially important around the face. Once again, keep the airbrush moving and don't flood the paint on. It is also very thin and will spider.
Paint her fingernails in Black.
Victoria Step - 5
ColorsUsed: Black, Ivory White, Payne's Gray Watercolor, Red Watercolor, Transparent Tongue
Eyes: Using the Payne's Gray watercolor, draw in the circle of the iris into her eye. Remember you can use a little water on your brush to clean up the edges. When dry add the Red watercolor for the Iris. Using Black Acrylic, paint in the pupil (after allowing a little while to dry) add a white catch-light in the upper right quadrant. IF you want to play around with the eyes a bit more, you can use some of the Ivory White to detail them further. Paint her eyebrows and eyelash line in at this time. Remember as these are watercolors you're using, you'll need to allow a little extra time for them to completely dry.
Seal when dry and this step is done.
Lips: For her lips, wash them using the Trans. Tongue color until happy with the color, if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can line the inner crease of the lips using Transparent Black Red or Transparent Burnt Umber.
Seal when done with either GKC's Satin or Gloss.
Victoria Step - 6
Colors Used: Transparent Red Violet, Transparent Black Red.
Corset & Sash: With the hair and skin done, it's time to focus on the rest of her.
First, use the Silly Putty and shaping tools to mask off her skin areas from her corset. When done, loosely mottle the corset and sash using the Transparent Red Violet allowing some of the primer to lightly show through here as well. Mottle clothes you say? If you look at the original painting, you'll see it broken up. There are various ways to accomplish this, but since this IS an airbrush class, we'll do it this way.
When dry, you can remove the mask or leave it in place, your choice. Using the Transparent Black Red, break up the Red Violet by mottling and creating more patterns in the cloth. This is similar to skin mottling, but the patterns are a bit more spaced out. Once the mottling is complete, use the Transparent Black Red to shadow the clothing (e.g. under the breasts, folds of the cloth...). Build your colors slowly by continuing to add the color until you're happy with the amount of shading it creates.
Seal with several coats of GKC's Dull or Satin.
Once done, you can finalize this portion of the paint up by painting the ruffles and last with acrylic black.
Base: Mask off the sash and airbrush the base using Black Red. When done remove the Silly Putty and wash the base using the Trans. Burnt Umber. You can go back and airbrush further shading if desired, and seal your work when done.
This will be the final time you seal her.
Victoria Step - 7
Colors Used: Gold, Silver, Chrome
Jewelry: Using the gold and silver colors, paint in her jewelry. I'm purposely not telling you which to use on what, so you can decide to vary the colors I used on mine if you wish. For the hair, dot in each "pearl" with your chosen color. Paint the necklace and armband in the same manner. If you choose to paint the way I did, use a little of the Trans. Raw Umber to apply a wash over the gold. Take it easy here. When dry, dot in the pearls with the silver. You can get creative here if you wish. Use one of the other Trans. colors (Red or Blue) to apply a wash over the top of the silver for a jewel tone effect.
Apply until you're happy with the colors.
Gloss her eyes and fingernails and admire your work!!