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    Glowing Eyes, an effect "a la Hybrid", by Cyril
    (translation by Alexgrunt)

    1 Undercoat with Tamiya Light Grey, then add GW's White Undercoat vertically, to make a zenithal light effect.

    2Make two washes of Codex Grey to deepen the shadows, preserving to the maximum the whitest parts.

    3Put a light glaze of Desert Yellow on the white parts... No need for it too be be perfectly covered or smooth, as it is just a colored filter.


    4Highlight with codex grey and white, going to pure white on the angles and edges. Be careful to work with a transparent paint, to keep the yellowish/sandy tone under the grey.

    5Shadows are then done with codex grey. Note that the helmet starts to have an interesting color...

    6The strongest shadows are then done with a 50/50 mixture of codex grey and black/bestial brown. The sandy color fitting well with the brownish shadows.


    7The frontal grid and the various small elements are painted with codex grey and black, then highlighted with white. Once done, add a glaze of Graveyard Earth, giving'em a nuance of brown and smoothing the transitions.

    8the micro-painting work starts: with dark flesh and black, scratches are drawn on painting, mainly on the edges, then underlined with white, to create an effect of "trompe l'oeil". At this time, you may want to make small spots of dark flesh pure and bestial brown in the recesses and zones of shade.

    9As per popular request, I'll explain how to make an effect of green light around the eyes:
    Paint the eyes in dark angel green + black (just a point)


    10the dark angel green is lightened up with snot green, then scorpion green. Pass very thin glazes of snot green + scorpion green on the zone surrounding the eyes, then do the last ones with pure scorpion green.

    11The eye itself is highlighted with scorpion green, then white in the center, same thing being done for the edge under the eye.

    It is a flashy effect which is really easy to make, provided it is done in the good order andwith an always diluted and transparent painting.

    To summarize, this paint work is a bit less careful than my usual, especially due to the test of new combinations of colors and effects. I spent approximately 45 minutes on this helmet.


    Comments 2 Comments
    1. MrPickles's Avatar
      MrPickles -
      who cares. power swords and thunder hammers arnt realistic either. it looks cool, that's all that matters.

      Quote Originally Posted by subversive View Post
      Although it looks cool, I don't feel this technique gives a realistic look. The eyes in the helmet are recessed. Therefore, a glow eminating from them would actually cast the raised plates around them in shadow, not reflect light onto them. Think about it this way: turn on a flashlight. Is the outside of the flashlight lit up by the bulb? It's a more extreme example, but it's the same principle.

      The rest is absolutely amazing, though.
    1. Nurglizer's Avatar
      Nurglizer -
      I agree with subversive.
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