Having never painted a bust before I referenced a couple of articles from Military Modelling August and September 2016 issues where Fernando Ruiz wrote up Jaume Ortiz’s technique for dealing with busts . What appealed to me as a beginner was the simplicity of the technique. He uses only three colours to get the flesh tones. A sand brown (70.876) as the base coat and light flesh (70.928) for the highlights and finally a black red (70.859) to create the shadow.
After the undercoat was put down in around six thin layers I added in some of the light flesh in to the mix and started with the first highlight. Then once that was dried I added a second highlight before moving on to block out the shadow on a mix of the sand brown base layer and a the red brown.
From here I built up the different levels of shadow and light on the face with the appropriate mixes until I was happy with the balance. Following that I watered-down the paints further now between the consistency of milk and water in an attempt to blend together the different areas. Currently this process needs a bit more refining it looks a bit like badly applied foundation at the moment!
Most of a afternoon was spent on trying to get the eyes right. After having various misadventures with bleeds of different coloured pain and a disaster with gloss varnish I have reached the uneasy compromise of eyes which are all most there.
I would love to hear any thoughts, tips or critics of this project so far.