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COMPLEMENTARY PRE-SHADING - Trying out a new pre-shading method

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COMPLEMENTARY PRE-SHADING - Trying out a new pre-shading method
Posted by Nikola on Monday, November 11, 2019 6:12 AM

Hi guys,

I am not sure if this fits here but I would like to share this with you:

As some of the folks in the aircraft topic already know, I am trying out a new technique for pre-shading, which I borrowed from my experience in art, painting and colour theory, and which I call COMPLEMENTARY PRE-SHADING for now. Maybe someone has done this before and if so, please share your experience.

My guinnea pig for this one is Tamiya's older and somewhat simpler 1/48 Zeke.

I used complementary colours of the base colour to pre-shade, aiming at more interesting colour variation and contrast. The base colour in this case is IJN Ash Gray, so the complementary colour for pre-shading is purple, Tamiya X-16 to be precise. I also primed the model in Vallejo Dark Yellow primer, this being the complementary of the pre-shading color.

This is more of an artistic than realistic approach, but I like to try and balance both in my models. The colors are much better in reality, but you all know that excuse, haha. Will have to wait for "proper" photos in the end. 

Below are the results. I like it so far, looks promising. 
You be the judges.


Thanks for looking! 

 

Cheers,

Nikola

 

 

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Posted by Nikola on Monday, November 11, 2019 6:18 AM

You can even go further when doing a "virtual light source" method (I don't know the proper name :)) and introduce "warm" colours for pre-shading "cold" base colors in areas which will be in shade and vice versa, "cold" pre-shading for "warm" ones. This is done in painting. 

 

Will try that as well one day. 

 

Best, 

Nikola

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Posted by hypertex on Monday, November 11, 2019 1:21 PM

Bow Down

Congratulations on spelling 'complementary' correctly! Even art magazines get that wrong about half the time. I like the way you think, but I usually just go with a darker version of the base color. The only thing that matters is whether you like it or not.

Nikola

You can even go further when doing a "virtual light source" method (I don't know the proper name :)) and introduce "warm" colours for pre-shading "cold" base colors in areas which will be in shade and vice versa, "cold" pre-shading for "warm" ones. This is done in painting. 

 

 

Best, 

Nikola

 

You are already doing warm over cool by virtue of choosing complementary colors--they are naturally opposite in temperature.

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  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Monday, November 11, 2019 3:37 PM

Hi Hypertex, 

Haha, didn't know it was a tricky word. :) 

Thanks for your feedback. Much appreciated! You are absolutely right about the opposite color temperatures. 

What I meant to say when I said to take it further was to maybe introduce various colors which are not necessarily complementary, but are opposite in temperatures, as colors have many variants and shades. For example, green can be warmer or colder depending on how close to yellow or blue it is, but it's not complementary to neither of the two. Same for purple.

Don't know, maybe I am completely wrong. Will definitely experiment further. :) 

 

Best,

Nikola

 

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 6:04 AM

Looks good and a very interesting idea.

 

 

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Posted by Nikola on Monday, November 18, 2019 4:45 AM

Thanks Tickmagnet,

I am interested to see how far it can be developed and improved on.

 

Best,

Nikola

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  • From: Belgrade, Serbia
Posted by Nikola on Monday, November 18, 2019 4:48 AM

Hi gents,

 

Just an update on the Zeke. 

Almost finished. I decided to try and paint some of the markings instead of using decals. Turned out reasonably OK.

Need to finish the landing gear, the prop and the canopy, and Das Is It.

Again, my phone photos are terrible :) Also, I didn't remove the liquid masks from the wheel wells so they are visible.

The model needs some touch ups overall, but it turned out OK.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Best,

Nikola

 

 

 

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    July 2018
  • From: The Deep Woods
Posted by Tickmagnet on Monday, November 18, 2019 12:01 PM

Looks good and those painted markings look good.

 

 

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