Maquette Painting Techniques

Learn techniques for hyper-realistic character maquette painting with master FX artist Trevor Hensley (Avatar, Iron Man, Terminator).

Description

In this character creation tutorial, Maquette Painting Techniques, Stan Winston Studio & Legacy Effects key special effects artist Trevor L. Hensley teaches the techniques he used to paint the SWS/Legacy Effects "Neytiri" figure for Sideshow Collectibles -- the same special effects paint techniques used by Stan Winston Studio to create the original life-sized, on-set Na'vi reference figures for James Cameron's AVATAR.  

WEBCOURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Creature flesh painting methods
  • Secrets for adding translucency & depth
  • Skin striping and pattern work
  • Precision painting for character eyes
  • Bringing out sculptural detail through paint
  • The best mediums and paints for model painting

Approximate Runtime is: 01:08:28

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  1. Title - 00:00:00
  2. Introduction - 00:00:16
  3. The Neytiri Maquette - 00:00:31
  4. Primer and Prep - 00:00:57
  5. Painting Skin - 00:07:54
  6. The Stripes - 00:12:31
  7. Influence - 00:16:18
  8. Back to Painting - Definition - 00:18:26
  9. The Eyes - 00:21:20
  10. The Lips - 00:42:48
  11. The Hair - 00:44:50
  12. Dry Brush Technique - 00:50:09
  13. Freckles - 00:54:11
  14. Advice to Young Artists - 00:58:18
  15. Wrap Up - 00:59:34
  16. Neytiri's Journey - 01:02:34

Materials

CLICK on the links below to find the materials you need for this lesson. 

 

Some items might be harder to find, but a little internet scouring usually finds you everything you'll need.

 

Burman Industries

Naimie's Beauty Center

Reynolds Advanced Materials

Smooth-On Inc.

 

FOR YOUR WORK STATION

  • Air Compressor

AIRBRUSHES

  • Iwata HP-C Double Action Airbrush
  • Olympos/Iwata Double-Action Mottling Airbrush
  • Paasche Single Action Model H Airbrush

CLEAR COATS/GLOSSES/MATTING AGENTS

  • Sure Guard Lacquer Spray
  • Wasco Wet-Look Gloss Acrylic

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

  • Paintbrush Set
  • Windsor Newton Series 7 Red Sable Brushes

PAINTS

  • Acrylic Paint – Hobby Paint
  • Cell-Vinyl Paint – Animation Paint

THINNERS/SOLVENTS

  • Naptha

TOOLS

  • Hairdryer

SUPPLIES

  • 409 Cleaner
  • Paper Cups
  • Paper Towels
  • Rags
  • Water

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

Artist Information

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Trevor L. Hensley

Special Effects Character Creator,Master Monster Maker and Painter, Key Artist Stan Winston Studio/Legacy Effects

Special Effects Character Creator, Master Monster Maker and Painter, Trevor L. Hensley is currently a Key Artist for...

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