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Painting Rocks
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:54:07 PM »
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Had a few guys ask me how I get the coloring of my rocks, so I thought I would take a few photos of how I do it.  This works for mountains in the area of West Virginia / Virginia which is where this side of my layout is being modeled after.  All the paints I used for this project are Polly Scale.

First, I airbrush the entire area with E/L Grey.


Next, I add a India Ink wash.  This is 1 part India Ink to 9 parts 70% Iso Alcohol.  This step will help give the illusion of shadows later on.


Once the wash dries, I use L&N Grey to add a different shade of grey for contrast.


While the paint is still wet, I add rust in random spots to highlight rocks that stand out to me. 


I will follow this up by drybrushing the edges of the rock faces with CSX Tan.  This will help simulate light hitting the edges of the rock face.  Try not to add too much as this will defeat the purpose.  The last step in the process is to blend in everything using weathering chalks with a fan brush.  For this rock formation, I used medium brown, light grey, rust and then black.  To lighten up certain areas, I would use light grey.  To enchance shadows or add old water marks, I would use black, sparingly.  Again, if I ever felt an area was too dark, I could always add a little light grey to lighten it up.
Here is the finished product.  Approx time about 2 hours from start to finish.




Hope this helps!
« Last Edit: September 10, 2012, 10:17:30 PM by davidgray1974 »

Modeling the L&N, well at least a few times a year.

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Re: Painting Rocks
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2012, 08:13:32 AM »
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David,
your post is EXACTLY why I Hang out here.  Easy technique and well documented.
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Re: Painting Rocks
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2012, 10:04:06 AM »
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It's art.

David, your tutorial is a good example of something that occurred to me a while back -- Most anyone can follow directions. But it takes an artist's sensibilities to bring the world to life in miniature.

Nicely done.

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Re: Painting Rocks
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2012, 10:11:42 PM »
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Couple of questions:

1. How did you create the rocks that you are painting here?

2. Regarding the step "Once the wash dries, I use L&N Grey to add a different shade of grey for contrast.", did you just pant over the area that you used the wash on or the whole area? I can't quite figure that out form the photos.

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Re: Painting Rocks
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2012, 10:41:05 PM »
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David uses rubber rocks from Cripplebush Valley. I used the same rocks, with a similar finishing technique, for my Z scale Geordie & Daphne.



I begin with two or three light coats of grey primer to kill the original coloration, followed by a liberal India ink wash. Next, I "spritz" it from a high angle with Pactra Light Aircraft Gray. Finally, I apply various powdered chalks to create subtle hue variations.
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Re: Painting Rocks
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2012, 09:36:12 AM »
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Thank you David. Both of you Davids do an awesome job!
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Re: Painting Rocks
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2013, 05:00:29 AM »
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So I'm about to try this and I'm wondering what brand powders those are?

I have 2 rust colored powders in the same exact containers that the owner of the company gave me for some On30 parts. But it was so long ago I have no idea what the name is now.

Also what colors to you guys recommend?

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Re: Painting Rocks
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2013, 06:08:05 AM »
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Also what colors to you guys recommend?

I would recommend using what looks good. Try some different powders on a scrap and see. The powders I use are form various sources; some I make from pastel chalk sets, some are powdered dyes for concrete, others are commercial powders such as Bragdon's.
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