Step by Step: I AM BATMAN!

by Roman aka jar

Good Morning Jungle people, 

what makes the jungle of Massive Voodoo so special is not only unique competitions or finished figures. It is mainly the big selection of articles that help painters around the world to increase their toolbox. We did not write many articles in 2017, but here is another one of a recently finished figure:

Knight Models, 32 mm

This article is meant to be a step by step, but without color recipes as I mainly mix all I need from primary colors by Schmincke, Primeacryl. It is meant to be a walkthrough showing my steps, giving you insight into my mind and maybe some explained decisions will be understandable.

I primed the dark knight black, very dark

Did I tell you that I am a big Batman fan?
I draw him once in while, often not on purpose. It just happens.

I hand out Batman patches if the pain is too hard to bare.

I make cookies in this shape.

And I painted straight white Titanium white, thinned a little bit with water to my black basecoat to understand shapes and volumes. Kind of the same what the 2k priming method does, but not the same as have more control. The first layer of white dries greyish and you can continue and intense a light situation and your volume study. A painting technique called Grisalle. First shown and explained to me by magic man, Alfonso Giraldes aka Banshee.

Now I use white again and make it stronger. This does not mean I am always using this approach when doing a figure. It is is just a tool in my toolbox.

In this stage the base somehow found how it wanted to look like. Just in black and white, but hey I like that!

Volumes defined and even edge highlights added.

Allright, maybe too much words and photos about priming. Now I sprayed everything blue. The contrast I have painted still visible.

I put a wash of inktense black by Scale75 all over the model to get its deeper areas darker. I let it dry and the base found new character in this step.

When dry, the Dark Knight again looked very dark. 
I even added normal black and painted it in the deepest areas on larger surfaces where the wash of ink did not cover (a wash of ink, now this describtion I love). And I painted whatever I have painted to the base. Maybe I was thinking about illustrated rain on a rooftoop in a Batman comic I once saw or I just followed the rythm, I do not know.

Very wild. That is how I like my painting in the beginning. To dig out the beauty from a free sketchx way. Lot's of digging ahead.

Even darker in the big photobox, but more natural than the smartphone photos.

Back at the table the bat recieved some dark blue greys again on the cape mainly. I call this step cleaning up.

Went a little crazy with it and was going all tourquoise dark grey blue something all over.

Still my basic sketch with white helps me to guide me, while I did out the beauty.

A photo in the unlighted wip shelve in the studio. He looks very greenish here, but I love the level of detail already. Sharp definitions.

Back at the table - on another random painting day - I increased the contrast of my blues again and added gently more white to my highlights until I recieved pure white for final dots and maximum edge highlights.

I then sprayed a glaze of blue back into it to pull it all together and tint it more blueish again.

And this is how the Dark Knight turned out in the end:

I really enjoyed doing my first Batman figure. I will do more. As a Batman fan I have to.
This figure is in private collection and the bat will watch over a city I one day want to visit :)
Thank you for your support in my work, art and passion, Sir!

Keep on happy painting!


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