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How It's Made - Tan Leather

Updated: Sep 9, 2022

Welcome to another installment of How It’s Made. I painted Ragnok, Norse Orc Hero - and these instructions contain the steps to reproduce the Tan Knotwork on his tunic. 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. The intricate knotwork on the tunic needed to stand out. What better way to accent the brown leather, than adding in some faded leathers in a tan tone. I wanted to give the illusion that the knotwork was just as worn and weathered as the rest of the tunic, so to accent the scratches and fades to the leather, I added the appearance of aged dirt and grime into the knotwork. This all done with a little visual trickery.

Step 1: I base coated the knotwork with Dark Golden Brown, to establish a deep rich base. Step 2: Apply Golden Brown in thin layers, letting some of the Dark Golden Brown show through on the edges and shadows. This will help to give the basic and simple appearance of some dirt and age showing in the knotwork. Step 3: Continue layering, this time with Olive Flesh, leaving some of the Golden Brown and Dark Golden Brown as before. This will be the final color of the knotwork. Step 4: Using a 4:1 thinned solution, wash the entire area with Transparent Brown. Make sure not to let the mixture pool. This is just being done lightly enough to give a brownish hue to the tan leather. This will blend the tan leather together, as well as give the appearanc of dirt or grime.

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