I have a killer demo for you today! Today I am going to show you my technique for creating true fire / stylized flames using pigmented paint. Right now you can go to Youtube and find endless good candy based true fire demos. This demo is going to be different. This demo uses absolutely no candies. This is a good technique to learn and as far as I know I am the only one putting this technique out there. So why pigmented paint instead of candy? Candies are not always the best option for airbrushing stylized fire. You will at some point run into a project that traditional true fire techniques wont work. When that happens you better have another trick up your sleeve. This demo is that ace in the hole.
In this demo I will be using a combination of House Of Kolor graphic colors. Below you can see the colors I am going to use. I will start with a red / black mixture for the background and then work back through my reds, oranges, yellows and the finally white for highlights and black to create additional depth. I will also be using basic freehand templates for this demo. The two pictured below are basic templates that can be purchased at any airbrush shop online, or off. For the demo I am working on some black illustration board. So lets just jump right into thing shall we?
This is the red black mixture I mentioned above it is a mix of (BC25 & SG104). As you can see it is a very dark, almost a brown mixture that I will be using to create the background base color. In the next image you will see how I lay that out.
I take the red / black mixture and lay it out in a very rough pattern. I keep my airbrush from 6 to 8 inches away from the surface to create this layer. I am not shooting for any detail whatsoever out of this layer. Just a background, something to create depth and just a bit of noise.
For the next step I am using a Euro Red (SG104) it is a fairly bright red. Again this 2nd layer is not a detail layer. I keep my airbrush away from my surface to create another rough layout. The only thing you really want to watch here is that you do not completely cover the 1st layer. You want both colors to show through. The demo I am doing here today uses several different colors. Don't be afraid to simplify your paintings by using 3 or 4 colors. All you really need make some really killer stylized fire is red, orange and yellow and then of course your highlight color which is usually over reduced white.
So this is what I have so far. I made use of my shields in this layer. If you look you will see a few sharper lines in the flame. I achieved this by holding the shield up off of my surface and applying a minimal amount of paint. Like I said before this is not a detail layer! I do though want to start adding some form to the flame.
The next color that I use is Molly Orange (SG103) mixed With Euro Red (SG104) it is a nice, bright red orange color. With this color I am basically adding some varying color to what I have for added dynamics.
I take red orange and begin pulling more precise shapes out of my base colors. As I said before if your in a hurry you can actually break this demo down into a three color design. The extra colors give more of a dynamic feeling to the flames when completed.
Finally I am throwing some moderately reduced molly orange (SG103). I moderately reduce my orange base so I can start working in slightly more detail.
Here is my panel after spraying in the orange base. If you look closely you can see where I used my freehand airbrush shields. They are the sharper edges. Take note that they are not overly sharp edges. In this step I still do not want to over do the detail. This layer is the mid phase of this project. From here on out I am going to start punching in details and more precise work.
For the next step I prepare some over reduced Chrome Yellow (SG102). This yellow is like a golden yellow it is not overwhelmingly bright.
Things are starting to come together now as you can see from the image below. I used the Chrome Yellow to add a complete new dynamic to this painting. Im going to say it again if you are following along at this point I am working with over reduced paint. I want to be able to build the details. If I used a yellow that was not over reduced the painting would have much less depth and appeal.
The next color that I am going to work with is Lemon Yellow (SG101). This is a very bright yellow base that is going to make this panel scream!
This is my panel after some more shield and detail work done with the lemon yellow base. One thing to note here is that every time I do a painting like this I end up with parts of the painting that just don't jive. If this happens to you don't worry. I am going to show you in the last step how I deal with these things.
Now I am going to load my airbrush up with some extremely over reduced base coat white (BC26). The paint that I am going to work with here is so over reduced that Ive added some clear base to it. The clear base will hold the paint together.
And this is my panel after spraying the over reduced white base coat. You can plainly see where Ive added details to this panel. If you take a minuet to really look at this painting you are going to pull out all of the colors used here. Now you can clearly see how everything fits together to create a really nice stylized flame effect. But wait I am not done yet. One more step. There are some spots in this panel that I just don't care for. Not only that I think it needs a little more depth.
I am going to load some (BC25) to may airbrush.
I am going to point out some areas of this panel that I am going to fix, or push back. The first is some over spray that hit the wrong area of my freehand shield.
This is another detail that just sticks out. Its bothering me so we are also going to fix that.
Then I am going to go into some areas of the panel just to push things back a bit.
Here is the finished product. You can see the areas that I fixed with black base coat. Overall I am very satisfied with the results.
Thanks for following along. Keep checking back from more demos. I will be adding allot of basic demos and techniques for those of you who are just getting started. I will also be adding some more advanced demos for those of you who are excelling with an airbrush.