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Painting the "Shape of Water" Figure with a Cordless Airbrush and Createx Colors


Welcome to our comprehensive guide on figure painting, where we delve into the captivating process of bringing the "Shape of Water" scale figure to life. In our latest video tutorial, we showcase the step-by-step journey of transforming a 3D printed figure into a stunning visual masterpiece using a cordless airbrush and Createx Colors. Whether you're a seasoned hobbyist or a beginner, this guide will provide you with valuable insights and techniques to elevate your figure painting skills to a professional level.

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Preparing the Figure: Our journey begins with a 3D printed "Shape of Water" racing figure serving as the canvas for this artistic endeavor. To establish a flawless foundation, we start by applying the AutoBorne Sealer (primer). This high-quality primer ensures that the acrylic paints adhere perfectly to the figure, creating a smooth and even surface. For this step, we recommend reducing the primer by 30% with 4011 Reducer for optimal results.

2. Applying the Base Coat: To achieve a striking metallic base, we turn to ChromaAir aluminum metallic paint. This paint provides a luminous and radiant foundation that sets the stage for the underwater scene. The aluminum chrome paint is reduced with 30% 4011 Reducer and applied using the NO-NAME brand cordless airbrush, ensuring even and soft layers that cover the entire figure.

3. Introducing Depth and Dimension: Now it's time to bring the figure to life by adding depth and dimension. We use Createx candy2o Midnight Blue to paint delicate shadows that accentuate the curves and contours of the figure. For the female figure's skin, a custom mixture of candy2o Caribbean Blue, gloss 4050, and 4011 Reducer creates a bright, translucent blue that perfectly captures the essence of an underwater scene.

4. Detailed Brush Work: To enhance the intricate details and unique characteristics of the "Shape of Water" scene, we transition to detailed brushwork. We prepare a wet palette using a specialized sponge and paper to keep the Wicked Opaque paints fresh and workable throughout the process. Using light, medium, and dark shades, we achieve a seamless gradation from highlights to deep shadows.

5. Final Touches and Protection: With a mostly number one brush and Wicked Opaque Teal, we meticulously paint the intricate patterns adorning the figure's body. Adding striking highlights and accents with Wicked Opaque White brings depth and realism to our creation. To safeguard our painstaking efforts, we apply a protective layer of NO-NAME 2K Clear Coat. This durable finish protects the vibrant colors and intricate details from potential bleeding or contamination.

Essential Tools and Materials

To achieve professional results, it's crucial to use high-quality tools and materials. Here are the products featured in our tutorial:

  • Cordless Airbrush by NO-NAME Brand: Achieve smooth, even coats effortlessly with this versatile airbrush.
  • AutoBorne Sealer (Primer): Ensure a flawless foundation for your paints. 
  • Createx Colors Wicked Opaque Paints: Enhance details with vibrant, high-quality acrylic paints.
  • Createx candy2o Colors: Add depth and dimension with these specialized paints.
  • ChromaAir Aluminum Metallic Paint: Create a luminous base with this metallic paint.
  • AMMO by Mig Masking Putty: Protect non-paintable areas with ease. 
  • NO-NAME 2K Clear Coat: Achieve a professional, durable finish.

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Thanks for reading, and happy painting!

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