Metallic Painting Techniques - Robot Finishes

Learn metallic painting secrets from master FX artist Rob Ramsdell (Avatar, Jurassic Park, Terminator 3).

Description

Master Creature FX artist Rob Ramsdell (AVATAR, JURASSIC PARK, TERMINATOR 3) shares the techniques he's used to paint countless metallic movie icons, from the army of cyborg assassins in the TERMINATOR films to Tony Stark's arsenal of Iron Suits in the IRON MAN series.

 TUTORIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Creating a chrome metallic finish
  • Painting flexible armor to look metallic
  • Chipped paint effects with latex masking
  • Aging the metallic finish with oil washes and Bondo
  • Metallic painting techniques on a budget

 

Approximate Runtime is: 02:26:34

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  1. Title & Introduction - 00:00:00
  2. Prepping the Workspace - 00:02:03
  3. Making A Paint Stand - 00:02:48
  4. Materials - 00:04:02
  5. Prepping Surfaces For Painting - 00:06:16
  6. Finish #1: Cast Iron - Building and Layering Textures - 00:07:08
  7. Prepping the Workspace - 00:08:39
  8. Real-Life Reference - 00:13:56
  9. Get Creative with Textures 1 - 00:16:29
  10. Getting Creative with Texture 2 - 00:20:39
  11. Finish #1: Cast Iron - Prepping for Primer - 00:26:45
  12. Finish #1: Cast Iron - 1st Coat: Primer - 00:28:30
  13. Finish #1: Cast Iron - 2nd Coat: Clear Coat - 00:32:55
  14. Finish #1: Cast Iron - Applying the Metallizer - 00:35:15
  15. Finish #1: Cast Iron - Weathering and Aging - 00:36:08
  16. Oil Washes - Building the Rust Colors - 00:40:20
  17. Making Faux Oil - 00:52:20
  18. Silicone and Sand - 00:54:44
  19. Finish #2: Duel Textures - Smooth Metal and Cast Iron - 00:59:01
  20. Prepping for Primer - 01:04:04
  21. Applying Primer - 01:05:18
  22. Prepping for Clear Coat - 01:07:33
  23. Applying Clear Coat - 01:09:47
  24. Metallizing Effects - 01:15:43
  25. Shooting the Metallizer Part 1 - Chrome Parts - 01:23:10
  26. Shooting the Metallizer Part 2 - Cast Iron Parts - 01:24:39
  27. Applying the Latex - 01:25:26
  28. Applying Primer Over the Latex - 01:29:20
  29. The Color Layers - 01:32:54
  30. Adding the Second Paint Layer - 01:36:54
  31. Aging with Washes - 01:45:43
  32. Transfers, Decals & Authenticity - 01:56:45
  33. Rigid vs. Flexible - 01:59:03
  34. Finish #3: Chrome - 02:04:34
  35. Degrees of Metallizing Effect - 02:09:23
  36. Dirtying Up the Chrome - 02:13:12
  37. Finish #4: Basic Gun Metal Look - 02:15:57
  38. Finish #5: Chrome Effect on a Budget - 02:18:14
  39. Sealing the Chrome - 02:20:04
  40. Applying the Oil Washes - 02:21:16
  41. Alternative Highlighting Techniques - 02:24:33

Materials

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FOR YOUR WORK STATION

AIRBRUSHES

CLEAR COATS/GLOSSES/MATTING AGENTS

EPOXYS/GLUES

LATEX/SILICONE

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

PAINTS

THINNERS/SOLVENTS

TOOLS

SUPPLIES

HEALTH/SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

When working with toxic and/or dangerous materials or tools:

ALWAYS read labels for appropriate use guidelines
ALWAYS wear a high-grade respirator
ALWAYS work in a well-ventilated area
ALWAYS protect your skin
ALWAYS wear eye protection

Reference Materials

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LITERARY REFERENCES

Artist Information

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Rob Ramsdell

Special Effects Character Creator & Monster Maker | Stan Winston Studio/Legacy Effects

Special Effects Character Creator & Master Monster Maker Rob Ramsdell was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey but...

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