Lessons

FREE Mini-Lesson! Battle Damage Paint Technique with Jamie S. Grove

Create battle-damage to metallic surfaces with a simple, yet effective nail file and paint technique.

Mar 5, 2013

BATTLE-DAMAGE 101 - A FREE FX TIP

by John Ales

To watch the FREE MINI LESSON, simply click on the player above. Full Lesson HERE.

"One of the things that I like to do when I’m damaging something is I really scratch it up." -Jamie S. Grove

HIS DAY JOB? PAINTING IRON MAN SUITS.

His eye for color & detail, his versatility, and his superhuman speed have made Jamie S. Grove a go-to painter for many of the top FX shops in Hollywood, including Stan Winston Studio & Legacy Effects. When an artist with the kind of experience Jamie has under his belt says, "Wanna know a cool trick?" You say, "YES."

Pictured above: Master creature, robot, and IRON MAN painter, Jamie S. Grove, displays one of his secret weapons.

A FREE TIP FROM A MASTER

In this FREE MINI LESSON - excerpted from Jamie's Metallic Painting Techniques -  Real Metal Effects - Jamie shares a killer tip that you'll take with you for the rest of your journey as a character painter. 10 years from now, you might be in the middle of a lonely desert in your cube truck, desperately employing all the tricks you've ever learned to distress a robot or armored warrior that has to go in front of camera in half an hour. But you won't panic. You'll calmly pull out an emery board and a spray can... and you'll think of Jamie.

Pictured above: Simple tools. Amazingly realistic results.

Pictured above: Jamie attacks the high points of the helmet, playing out in his mind how past battle-damage occurred. If we weren't in the room with four cameras, he would be making fight sounds.

MIX IT UP TO KEEP IT REAL

"Remember," Jamie says, "you don’t want to go in one particular direction, you want to kind of change it up.  Kind of go in different directions, and what that does...when you’re scratching it up, when the light hits it, you can actually see that there’s a physical scratch in there, instead of just a silver line of paint."

Click on the player above to watch the FREE MINI-LESSON

- John Ales

Full Lesson: METALLIC PAINTING TECHNIQUES - REAL METAL EFFECTS