Sure, you hear it often, and you try a few things here and there. But what are the new guy fundamentals? What can I do? Our hobby has pretty expensive practice material in metal and plastic so where do we go to step up to practice? Plain old paper.
Basics of what we do starts on a sheet of paper. The level of realism baffles you? Grab a pencil and draw a square, now draw consecutive squares towards a corner, in the beginning you'll need four or five, as you get better you'll shade with your pencil seamlessly.
Yeah, but Twyg, what is that? That's perspective, layering and segmenting. You'll need it for painting models, a lot. Understanding how our eye views depth is important even if our models come prepackaged with it. They are 3d models, so some of the work has been done for us, yet there's so many places to go with it past the silver surfer mode.
|Shapes - Do all kinds!|
So if this is the reverse on paper practice why learn it? Why not start with a black sheet of paper and add color? well, you could do that, however it's unlikely you have black construction paper around everywhere and pastels to match. Why practice something other than a directly applied concept? For the same reason you practice your jump shot to get your layups clean. You're getting overall muscle memory of these concepts developed.
In the basketball analogy the focus, speed and jumping go together, in this practice perspective, segmenting and layering go together. By learning to develop regions of color that imply a concept you'll end up transferring it onto the models. Next thing you know shadows, mid-tones and highlights become easier to identify and mimic.
|Decals can be free handed|
|What do gums look like?|
|Snow, plus gums = Shredder!|
- keep up with rudiments
- mimic and borrow from your peers and nature
- the right answer is always the simplest
Good luck, and enjoy your time playing with these concepts!