I was asked on Twitter how I paint faces, so here’s a tutorial covering a basic human male face. At the end, I’ll cover how I tweak this process for female or non-human faces.
I’m using 100% P3 paints for this, and I’m primarily using a wet palette so I have fairly transparent paint. This lets me use glazing. The faces on models are too small for 2-brush blending, so the best method I’ve seen is glazing – layering thin, transparent layers of paint to build up color.
If you haven’t yet, study some faces to see where the shadows are and where the light catches. This is a decent reference:
For this walk-through (and a few more to follow), I will be painting Reaper #2803, Brother Vincent. Feel free to follow along!
I started by priming the model black, and then base coating the face with Midlund Flesh. I used my airbrush for both of these steps to preserve detail, but several thin coats with a brush should do just fine.