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Alpine minis Gebirgsjaeger 1/16.

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david pickford 117/06/2017 16:45:21
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Andy thanks! 2 years is a long time in modelling!

Durk- your models would stand up to close scrutiny! There is a development to our previous exchange. In April I went to the sword and lance show and Jaume Ortiz himself was there doing a demo. I went for the meal on Saturday and plonked myself down next to him so I could earwig him about his methods. He's a very nice guy from Barcelona and works as a theatre designer. Interestingly he distances himself from the methods and models in the fallschirmjaeger book which he thinks are a bit crude! He says 'that was 10 years ago!'

MIKE DURNFORD 117/06/2017 17:23:16
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David...... a lovely model my friend very well executed....... the boots and putties are ace ...mike

Durk17/06/2017 17:47:53
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Posted by david pickford 1 on 17/06/2017 16:45:21:

Interestingly he distances himself from the methods and models in the fallschirmjaeger book which he thinks are a bit crude! He says 'that was 10 years ago!'

Makes me wonder how he does his blending now than?


david pickford 117/06/2017 17:52:24
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He uses a stippling technique that is taking over the figure painting world...

david pickford 118/06/2017 08:56:02
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Mike I didn't respond there apologies. The mountain boots are a striking feature of the figure. Glad you like!

jimbo18/06/2017 09:45:27
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Hi David

Looks excellent to me and the blending is very smooth. When blending acrylics does the weather make a difference - thinking of the current very hot spell.

Stippling the blend is an interesting idea. I know it is a different process when using oils but I remember Carl explaining that to blend a transition using oils he stippled the blend with a clean brush. The difficulty there was to create a smooth blend within a small area. I suppose when stippling an acrylic blend it is important to keep the blended area small.

Ahh - so much to learn!! face 20


david pickford 118/06/2017 10:38:12
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It wasn't so nice in blackburn yesterday, but I can see that warm conditions would accelerate the already fast acrylic drying times yet further Jim. Thus I suppose the need to blend by over painting thin layers rather than the smudging used by oil and enamel painters. I have seen oil painters stippling adjacent colour areas to blend, so that rings true. However what I refer to here is the new rage of texturing skin fabric etc by stippling multiple dots of colour to break up the surface area rather than the super smooth approach. Mike Butler from New Zealand is the best example of this and he has posted here...

Wouter19/06/2017 15:19:00
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Nice finish there David, already saw it on FB, but glad to see it finished now with the roundel changed to a button on the cap. Really like how this one turned out. And as with you and the fellas I'm - besides MJ - a big fan of Jaume's work. Just crazy how one can achieve those results ey.

Didn't spot any brushstrokes on the photos too, guess a lot of us are overly critical towards our own work I reckon smile.


Taesung Harmms19/06/2017 20:04:24
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The figure came out nicely! Congrats!!!

david pickford 122/06/2017 08:49:51
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Wouter- thanks. Actually there's a 2 year gap between upper and lower body so I wonder if there's a noticeable difference in style or technique? Probably not.

Taesung, thanks. I only realised half way through this is not one of your sculptures. Well up to the usual alpine standard though!

Edited By david pickford 1 on 22/06/2017 08:50:17

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