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4 - Skin and Face of the Giant Gor

Giant Gor
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24 September 2003page first published

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Joe Wiedeman of Mini-Dragon writes:

In the last installment, I described painting the Giant Gor's (GG hereafter) fur. In this update I'll talk about how I painted the remainder of the figure: the skin and the face.

I'll start with the skin. First I gave all the skin parts a wash of black ink (mix was 1 drop black ink to 20 drops of black ink is really potent!). This darkened everything up and provided some separation from the fur. As I painted the skin parts, I was careful to always leave at least a thin line of the very dark color between the skin and fur.

the skin in progress

After the wash, I mixed a medium gray and painted this onto the high points of the face - the lips, eyebrows, forehead wrinkles, wrinkles near the eyes, knuckles, etc.

Now I mixed a slightly lighter gray and went back over the bits I had just painted. I made sure I left some of the darker color showing.

the face

To finish the skin parts, I watered down some Partha Paints League White (very thin, about 1 part paint to 3 parts water) and painted this very carefully onto the highest points.

Next, I painted the eyes. You can check out an article that I wrote about my method for painting faces on my website. I followed the steps for eyes exactly.

the eye

The mouth came next. I really didn't like the bubble gum pink that had been used on the 100 Kingdoms GG. I decided to use darker, more natural coloring. I also decided to make his teeth look more natural, with some yellowing at their bases.

starting on the mouth

For the tongue I started with Partha Paints Robe Red. I did a very thin highlight coat of Partha Paints Burgundy on the edges of the tongue. Next I added a touch of white to the Burgundy and painted tiny dots (very lightly!) all over the tongue. I finished the tongue by mixing a thin wash of Robe Red (1 part paint to 3 parts water) and applying this to the whole thing.

the mouth

This method left me with a nicely textured tongue. The wash helps tie all of the colors together and helps ensure that the transitions between colors aren't too stark.

the finished mouth

To finish off the mouth, I very carefully painted thinned IWM Black into the recesses between the teeth, and painted lines where the teeth meet the tongue.

the finished face

Next Time - the Base!