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Another one goes up in flames.

Discussion in 'Works In Progress & Finished Artworks!' started by afterdark, May 19, 2020.


  1. afterdark

    afterdark My friends call me Ward Very Likeable!

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    Starting off with this MDF panel 295mm x 895mm scuffed and prepped with Autobourne Black.
    Transfered my little skull and crossbones lineart from the last piece on to it,
    Last time I painted this guy I felt it needed a longer flame to really get some movement, so here I go.
    AutoAir brite white over reduced is used to rough in some details on the skull and bones,
    I've got an idea as to how I want him to burn so it's a matter of scribbling in the flow and marking in some layers.
    I'll let you know when I use any shields, right now it's freehand fun.
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    It's a lot of wispy cloud formations at first, freaks people out at first but hey, I ain't painting spaghetti.
    Next step is to hit it with Candy2o blood red, nothing special about that, so here it is,
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    Already you can see a bit of depth and areas that will be hotter than others, not bad for just the red.

    Now the fun part, fun for me anyway.
    I'm not using the bleedchecker yet, just going straight back in with my white that's slightly over reduced, just enough so that it bleeds slightly with the red,
    Yes it's going to go pink but wait for it.
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    Before you start saying this is wrong, it's ruined watch what happens when I introduce the Candy2o grabber orange. Still no shields.
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    Starts to look warm, I like how the red and orange blend together this way instead of appearing as layers.
    Now is a good time to sharpen up that skull, so it's tweaked with over reduced black then build some highlights. I felt the lower part of the bones should burn like a match so Ive added a little white as a base. The over reduced white is used to define the next area of the flame, I used one of my own shields in this step to sharpen 7 areas of flame.
    Usually it means a quick spray to protect part of the orange layer and define a hotter top layer.
    Here's a tip, if it results in a hard edge (you know that swiss cheese look alot of people get)

    DO A QUICK SWEEPING FREEHAND DAGGERSTROKE OVER IT,

    Do I need to repeat that?

    Moving on,
    I managed to stop during the Candy2o Yellow application for this next shot, the left is yet to receive the yellow. Notice the white layer has blended into the orange a little.

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    Okay, once the yellow is on it's a layer of bleedchecker to lock it all in, so I can detail this bad boy.
    It's moved area of direct sunlight and photographed, this gives me an indication of how it will look under gloss.

    Not bad,


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    Are you still freaked about the beginning?

    Time to tidy up,
    That tail is too busy and final detail the skull with the black.
    A couple of areas need to be pushed back with the red
    Some blue is added to the x bones at the front
    A touch of white helps the boney parts pop.

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    The little guy has to wait until my next clearcoat session, so he waits where I can see him.

    Auto suggestive?, I feel like some swiss cheese now,
    Thanks for scrolling along, it's been fun.

    For those who are curious this piece sketch to where we finished was around 5 hours.
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  2. jord001

    jord001 Air-Valve Autobot!

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    Excellent stuff. The flames came out really good.

    Lee
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    Ttxela Artist of the Month! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    very nice flames! It seems there are as many different ways to do flames as there are people painting them!
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    basepaint Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    Great sbs afterdark! This shows how well flames come out with very little use of a shield! And I think that the long look gives it a better flow to the flames as well!
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    Great work! It’s almost a SBS haiku.
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    afterdark My friends call me Ward Very Likeable!

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    Thanks Lee, I'm happy with them, they suit the style of the skull.
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    afterdark My friends call me Ward Very Likeable!

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    Thanks Ttxela, yes, there are so many varieties of methods / people painting these flames but I try not to stray to far from Mike Lavallees process. When it works so well why break it?
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    afterdark My friends call me Ward Very Likeable!

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    Cheers Basepaint!,
    I've found 2 things really work for me when doing flames,
    1. Minimal use of shields and only on the yellow layer.
    2. Overspray is my friend during the red and orange layers.
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    I certainly agree, Compared to each other the longer tail is definitely better.
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    afterdark My friends call me Ward Very Likeable!

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    Thanks Franc, any resemblance to a haiku was unintended, but wouldn't that be great to see.
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    Nice job man! The fire has some great life to it and some cool detail all round.
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    Damn, That's great work. The flames are awesome. Wait what am I saying, the whole painting is awesome.
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    AndreZA Love this place! Forum Supporter Very Likeable!

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    Those are some really cool pieces. Brilliant fire work.
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    afterdark My friends call me Ward Very Likeable!

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    Thank you SiRoxx, the camera doesn't pickup the subtle details. I'm hoping the clear will even it out.
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    afterdark My friends call me Ward Very Likeable!

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    Thanks MikeyDee, I like them, they're a great balance of traditional hotrod with a realistic touch that suit the skull.
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    afterdark My friends call me Ward Very Likeable!

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    Thanks AndreZA, just warming up while I figure out a piece due later in the year.

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