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Step by Step Guide to Drybrushing Part 2

Introduction

This is the second article about the technique of dry-brushing.  The first article gave general information whilst this second article provides a step-by-step guide.

Step-By-Step Guide

Drybrushing 01

In this example I am highlighting some groundwork on a display base.  The paint is Tamiya Buff that has been thinned and a dab of acrylic retarder added.  Make sure that the bristles of the brush are well soaked in paint then try to remove as much paint as possible by drawing the brush across the edge of the palette.

Drybrushing 02

Rub the paint brush repeatedly on a piece of paper towel until it appears almost no paint is left and the brush is dry.

Drybrushing 03

Lightly brush the now ‘dry’ paint brush over the groundwork.  Only a tiny amount of paint will be deposited and only on the upper surfaces.  Keep a light touch and do not be tempted to grind the paint brush.  Gradually after many passes back and forth you should begin to see the difference.

Drybrushing 04

The direction of brushing is important.  Here the brush is being drawn along the line of tank tracks in the ground so that the paint is only left on the high spots and does not get into the depressions.  Depending on the subject you may have to repeat the process several times with successive lighter shades of paint.

Drybrushing before

This is a photograph of the groundwork before the drybrushing process.  It looks OK but lacks depth and definition.

Drybrushing after

This is a photograph of the same groundwork as on the left but after the drybrushing is complete.  The individual rocks and rough surface texture of the ground are more apparent.

Summary

Dry brushing is time consuming, but fortunately is relatively easy, so is a good technique for beginners to try out.  Providing that it is used with care it can enhance many models and add realism.  Perhaps the greatest skill is knowing when to stop.

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