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    Question glazing driving me insane WIP

    Over the holidays i spent lots of time watching Vince's hobby cheating vids and got inspired to try new techniques and get better at painting minis.

    This time i focused on the grey cloth which i tried to first give some "value sketching" with basically white rough highlights that i glazed 7-8 times with original midtone grey.

    Second step i did was take my "tint" color and mixed it with some white (reaper twilight blue+ white), and i went over the value sketch areas as it looked like i overdid the glazes originally. Once I placed 5 glazes of this light blue highlight i went to the basic twighlight blue and did 7 glazes to bring it into somewhat of a balance. I am overall happy with the outcome on the cloth esp for first time glazing but....

    This took 2hrs on a single model and is not that great of a work, further i feel like i killed all the shadows with glazes.

    The model was not zenithal'ed and I plan on doing this in the future, but if you were to paint/improve this a bit would you maybe add some black to the twighlight blue and try to deposit this into recesses and then glaze this over with twighlight blue after to even out or something else.

    I didn't go this way as this would prob add another cpl hrs to my work time. If you notice any redundant steps, what can be skipped to stay or improve this?

    I tried to glaze over my orcs skin afterwards and results are way worse than my original basecoat,wash and edge highlight...

    Photos here

    Any feedback is much appreciated

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    To me it looks like your glazing is still too heavy and not a glaze yet. A glaze should be extremely thinned out and it should be very transparent and resemble “tinted water” .when it’s this thin and only when this thin can you apply it in many layers.hope this helps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BloodASmedium View Post
    To me it looks like your glazing is still too heavy and not a glaze yet. A glaze should be extremely thinned out and it should be very transparent and resemble “tinted water” .when it’s this thin and only when this thin can you apply it in many layers.hope this helps.

    This is the paint consistency I go with for glaze, this is one layer on my thumb after wicking off water/paint on paper towel first

    Is this still too thick? I did it couple of times where i could not see anything on layer 1, it was just like water but i thought thats too diluted.

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    You should have in mind that using glazes isn't a speed painting technique. You will usually need to put quite a bit of time into it, especially when you're new to the style of painting. Often when you use glazes you will have to go a bit back and forth, re-applying highlights and shadows as they will lose intensity, glaze a bit more, more highlights and shadows and so forth until you have the result you're after. With experience, you can probably get a bit quicker, but if you want to paint quick this might not be the way to go.
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    Me personally I go even thinner. Are you unloading it on a napkin -don’t bend the brunt just lightly and quickly draw it against a napkin. I mean not even a seconds worth of time. Another thing are you using paint or something a bit thinner like actual glazes from GW.? I don’t use paint I’ll use the glass by gw and I’ll add for every 2 drops of water a drop of Lahmian medium . So a good start would be 1drop of glaze /2 drops of water and/ drop of lahmian medium. .i also agree about that glazing and other blending techniques are not a one shot deal -RATHER A BACK AND FOURTH EXCERCISE. however yours still seems to be coming out thick and covering previous work so we need to find out exactly what’s doing that. I’ll helo as best as I can.
    Last edited by BloodASmedium; 01-08-2019 at 01:03 PM.

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    Also just looked at your puddles in your before and after .thats waaaay to thick. The grey and blue puddles as I said should be transparent should be see through . When I get home I’ll show should be seeing through it down to the yellow sponge on your palette .”tinted water” kinda imagine a glass of water with a few drops of food coloring . Tinted water. See through.

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    Here is my palette with a glaze set up look how transparent the puddle is Name:  3DF37421-16F5-4E27-BB2E-8ACE3C86B656.jpeg
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Size:  711.0 KBeven in the well you can see the stains of previous dried paint showing through. So this extreme solution along with unloading the brush will further make the glaze even thinner when applied. It take many passes. Be patient and you’ll get it

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    I found that the best rule of thumb was to not change the consistency of the water. It should be tinted not thickened. It may take you a dozen passes to begin to build colour.

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    Exactly egay the bullfrog said...I concur.

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    I haven't done much glazing be cause it takes sooo long. But it does look great when you are done.

    This video was very helpful for me.

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