Originally Posted by Mark McGovern
The complexity that the adjustments add to the final effect makes it much more lifelike than one or two colors can.
Very true, Mark, and sadly it's from what alot of my earlier models suffered from, but I didn't know back then. One of the reasons I like using enamels is they don't dry right away. Sometimes I'll primer coat something in black, and let dry solid. Then I'll do my first passes of color with dry-brush a day or two later. It might take 4 passes over time to get that color over the black....but before I let that color completely dry, I might come in 4 hours later with an even thinner layer of dry-brushing with a different highlight color. If you're careful you can dry brush over the other color while it's still half wet, or
work it into it and blend it, which in itself creates a 3rd color. With Nosferatu, l came in a couple days later with very, very diluted down acrylic
washes of red, black, dark flesh, and burnt umber on his skin tones. These washes are barely noticeable, but really help accentuate the sculpt, and enhance it's beauty. I almost used this technique on his coat, but really wanted to finish him up and was happy with the coat as is.