Jeff (@mikegolf) ,
Ace it is then 🙂
Ace is being the experimental test with my adventures with oil paints.
I know already that I made a beginner’s usual mistake, by applying too much paint to the overall uniform area (which is the larger part of the figure, legs + torso), which is resulting in two problems that I’m now in the process of trying to solve/save…
The drying time of that uniform paint is taking a too long time, and also IMO it looks too shinny (cloth, especially uniforms’ cloth, shouldn’t look shinny, not even in the Southern Pacific Sea, right?), so have been trying to correct these two issues.
Applying a thinnier “shadowing” darker colors on the lows on the pleats (both the pants and the shirt), to which I mixed a good amount of “águarrás” (a kind of “white spirit”) and a couple of drops of Liquin Original – which is supposed to help increase the drying time, making the process go faster, but also tends to give a Satin varnish look where applied, and I don’t want that, I want the uniform to be as matt as possible; probably now only much later, when in a few months all oils are fully dry and hardened, may I apply a coat of a final matt varnish; in the meantime, as the oils go drying, in some cases former shinnier areas tend to become more kind of matt – ) .
I may have to apply various glazes of thinnier & thinnier tones over the dried ones, as time goes by.
Funny enough, the Mae West, which at some point was pretty shinny (as it shold look like in reality, because of the kind of tissues involved on its fabric), after a few new tones (looking for the best yellowish-orangish look they have, based on the photos poste above), became a bit matt. I may have solved this too, in this case by just applying a dilluted bit of Liquin, mixed with a tiny old remaining of the original color, to the Mae West (giving it again a final more glossy look, which is what I want to achieve here) .
Will have to wait a couple of days more and see how this goes.
So yes, in a sense Ace has been a teacher… and a guinea pig… lol…