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Bullet to the Head: Another Airbrush Skull SBS

Discussion in 'Step by Step' started by wickedartstudio, Dec 7, 2017.


  1. wickedartstudio

    wickedartstudio Needle-chuck Ninja

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    I return with the Helix eraser at his point and bring out the highlights in the teeth. The Exacto blade also allows me to get some super fine highlights rendered on the teeth and gum line.

    I work my way up and continue adding highlights and texture to the upper jaw with the Helix eraser. I also add a touch of texture in this area with the airbrush and the Dru Blair texture stencil before pushing the highlights and texture I’d just created with the eraser back with a light wash of pigment. I then reestablished the highlights on the teeth and continued building highlights and texture on the lower half of the skull with the Helix.

    An aggressive pencil eraser with a light touch allowed me to develop some cool subtle texture where I didn’t necessarily want really bright highlights. I worked the texture and highlights with a variety of erasers a little at a time and then pushed it all back with a light layer of paint from the airbrush. I repeated this process until I was satisfied with the results.

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    Here’s the end result! If you’ve made it this far and you’re still awake I hope you’ve found this helpful!

    Bullet to the Head Copy.jpg
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    wickedartstudio Needle-chuck Ninja

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    And here’s the video as promised. As I mentioned before, there was about three hours of footage so I condensed the video down in time-lapse fashion. It doesn’t show absolutely everything, but it should get the point across.

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    Depth on the crack and eye sockets is exceptional!
    Great textures!
    Nice thorough and easy to understand SBS.
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    wickedartstudio Needle-chuck Ninja

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    Thank you Robby!
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    Robbyrockett2 Mac-Valve Maestro!

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    Someone may ask. your 70% reduction. Is that 70% of the mixture is reducer? 7:3
    Or you add 70% of the original amount? 1: .7
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    70 percent reducer, 30 percent paint... give or take.
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    Thanks so much for taking the time to produce this, Its a great insight as to how to proceed
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    Great SBS. My antique iPad won't let me watch the video - that will be an absolute must when I'm at the 'puter tomorrow. Thank you for taking the time to post this, especially helpful since I'm artistically challenged...
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    Great work on both the SBS and the skull.


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    Awesome sbs! Awesome work of art! Love it! I like the 2k clear idea. You did really well
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    Great SBS Wicked. Thanks for adding. The end result is really cool and I’d like to take a run at the reference at some point, so the SBS and the video will be a big help. Nice job all round.


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    Thanks for sharing WickedArt


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    Thank you for sharing. It turned out fantastic!!
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    Great SBS wicked! You really did give the important information, at least to me!:D
    That's a d@mn gooooood skull file mou!
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    Thank you all for the kind words!
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    You did awesomeness, sharing great work. Sbs is tough.
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    Thx for the info. The skull came out killer and the video was a great addition to the sbs...
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    SiRoxx Mac-Valve Maestro!

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    The video is a great addition to the SBS. Thanks for creating it and posting.


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