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How It’s Made - Brown Leather

Updated: Sep 9, 2022

Welcome to the another installment of How It’s Made. I painted Ragnok, Norse Orc Hero - and these instructions contain the steps to reproduce the brown leather tunic for him I painted this entirely with ProAcryl paints. At the bottom of the page are links to Monument Guides, as well as a link to their store and my discount code to get the paints for yourself. As this character as a Norse background I wanted to give him a nice traditional brown leather tunic. As he is a hero, we can assume he has seen some action and the tunic has been worn down. Usually with leather, you see most wear and tear at the edges, or where there are creases or ruffles in the fabric. In cases like this, where the stitching holds the leather together, or where the brass rod goes under the lather strap caused a wearing effect on the leather itself. Brown leather fades in worn area, in our case, appearing more tan than brown. You can repeat this with other leather colors too, altering your color and filter selections to achieve the right colors. For example, try this out with a Mahogany to achieve different results. Step 1: Base Coat the tunic and straps with Burnt Umber, over a black primer. Step 2: Layer over all but the darkest recesses with Light Umber. This starts to set the shadows for the leather. Step 3: Add some depth to the tunic by stippling in Burnt Orange next to any scratches or pits in the leather. Also, start to stipple this into some areas to provide an illusion of worn fading leather. Step 4: Highlight all the raised areas of the leather with Olive Flesh. Also, provide some Olive Flesh along side of the Burnt Orange where the pits and scratches are. Make sure you do not cover up the Burnt Orange during this step. This will look really bright, but in the next step we will fix it. Make sure not to overdo this coloring, just provide enough to present a worn look. Step 5: Using a 4:1 thinned solution, wash the entire area with Transparent Brown. Make sure not to let the mixture pool. You will see the Olive Tan start to take on a light reddish brown tone. Once the first thin layer is dry, you can repeat this step if you want to get more of a brown look. Repeat until you get the desired result. For Monument Hobbies paints and more and Use Code - Gamerdad for a discount at checkout! Also, check out their Facebook page for additional Pro Acryl recipes

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