How to Paint Textured Leather – Porco Rosso

How to Paint Textured Leather – Porco Rosso


What’s up guys, how you all doing? Welcome back to part 3 of this epic paintathon. In this episode we’ll be tackling the leather
parts on his little flying cap thingy. So! For our base colour we’re going to start
with some Scale Colour Leather Brown and to that we’ll add a little bit of Scale Colour
Black Leather, which is a really nice dark purple colour. And we’ll just paint this onto the whole of
the cap. Now I had originally planned on keeping the
black and white grain which is why it’s going on so thin here. But I figured *fuck it clip* So I
just blocked the colour in and went for a more hardcore process. Once you’ve done that, for the first highlight
mix some Scale Colour mars orange into the base tone. Then, using a pretty big brush, block that
in pretty roughly, hitting all the raised areas. The approach we’re going for here is to start
with quite large unnrefined highlights, and then gradually increase the precision as our
highlights get smaller and smaller. But for now we’re just slapping the paint
on there I’m not worried about blending or texture just yet. Add some more of that mars orange into your
mix and we’ll go back for a second round of highlights. This time we’ll begin to add texture by painting
fairly rough lines and dots of colour. Still using a big brush for this. So you can see there I’m painting lines at
a bit of an angle, then once those are dry I’ll go back and paint lines in the opposite
direction giving this sort of cross hatching pattern. The idea being to build up a rough surface
texture. On these little bits I’m doing little blobs
of paint along the edge just to get that tecture going. We have more surface to cover on the top of
the hat so we can have a bit more fun here. On the folds, wtart with pretty broad strokes
then go back in with lots of little blobs of paint. Then on the top here we’ll try to be pretty
random and use a good mix of just random blobs of colour and cross hatching lines over the
surface. You can see these are all quite unstudied,
maybe even a bit rushed. I’m not putting a lot of thought into this,
I’m just letting the brush dance about on the surface, sometimes doing lines, sometimes
blobs. Your goal is simply to create a rough texture
that we can build on and refine with future highlights. Also don’t worry if you cover up previous
brush strokes, it’s all part of the process, at this stage it’s more about building a base
that you can refine later on. Add some more of the Mars Orange and we’ll
continue to build up the texture. I’ll try to be a little less rushed now, and
be more deliberate about where I’m placing the brush strokes. Put quite a lot of cross hatching on the top
edge there we want there to be quite a lot of wear on that part and also the worn areas
are going to double as a highlight. So we’ll do the same thing on the other side,
building up that rough texture with lots of little dots and lines. Also I’ve switched to a slightly smaller brush
in order to get a more refined brush stroke. On this edge I’ll do a broken edge highlight
by just letting the side of the brush bounce along the surface leaving a little trail of
lines and dots. You can see on the top of the cap that smaller
brush size is allowing us to be way more precise. I’m trying to just use mostly dots on these
little folds near the base of the cap. On the top part I’ll use mainly cross hatching.
So I’ll paint on a row of fairly fine lines at a bit of an angle. Then simple turn the model round on do the
same thing in the other direction so that the lines are essentially perpendicular to
each other so they create this little grid pattern on the surface. Then once we’ve laid down that cross hatching
pattern we’ll go back and put in lots of little random dots and splodges over the top so the
pattern isn’t too uniform. We want to keep quite a random appearance
to it so it gives a more natural effect. To continue we’ll add a new colour into the
mix now and this time we’ll use Scale Colour Iroko, quite a nice brown edging into more
of a yellow ochre. This is going to tone down that orange quite
a bit. We’ll start at the front here just by adding
those little dots along that trim along the edge. So again I’m letting the tip of the brush
bounce along the surface rather than placing each individual dot. I just kind of let me hand shake a little
and let the dots fall where they may. Here on the side, as well as building the
the texture with dots and cross hatching I’ll also start to put in some more deliberate
scratches by painting a line or two crossing over into the darker areas. Catch the lower edges of those little holes,
that’s where the light would be hitting them. And then we’ll continue the texture on the
top part. using little dots and lines on those folds. On the top part use the same process as before
by first doing some cross hatching, and then going over it with some random little dots
so as to break up the pattern. Yep that’s starting to look pretty decent. We’ll mix a little more of the Iroko in there
and go back for another round of highlights. So each time we go back with a new colour
we want to be a little bit more refined than the last time. I want to cover up less work from the last
step and be more thoughtful about where I’m placing the highlights and scratches. You can see that texture is really starting
to come together on the top now. Just keep adding layers of cross hatching,
but try to focus on a smaller area this time. Also I’m no longer sticking to just those
perpendicular diagonal lines I’m starting to throw in some verticle and horizontal lines
so that the texture near that top part of the cap gets really quite dense. Mix a little more Iroko into your highlight
and we’ll continue to refine the texture. I’m trying to keep the detail really quite
small now. Don’t be scared to throw in some more obvious
scratches just by painting a line over the surface. A couple of those here and there give you
a really nice effect and help to make the leather look more realistic. Mix some Scale Colour Birch into your mix
and we’ll build up those highlights and make them a bit more intense. The texture is really starting to come together
now, just try and make your highlights at this stage quite controlled. The smaller your
dots the better. Wee bit too much there so we’ll use our trusty
clean brush to pull it out a bit. I’ve thinned the paint a little with some
water so we have a bit more control over how opaque it is on the top of the cap. Add a little more Birch and we’ll keep going
with the highlights. I’m running out of things to say at this stage,
it is really just a repeat of the previous step but with a lighter colour and a bit more
focus on what you’re doing. It does seem quite laborious but when you’re
actually painting it, it doesn’t really feel that way because you get engrossed in what
you’re doing and you can see the gradual improvement each time you add a new colour. Alright we’ll change things up a bit now and
add some black into our original base tone. And we’ll use that to paint in some shadows,
because some of the areas are a little flat. Under this fold here would be really dark
so we’ll just paint the shadow in. And the same on the other side. And I’ll pick out a couple of these creases
too. Same sory of idea with these ear flap bits.
I’m just pick out the shadow along the lower side. And I’ll add a few dots and lines around there
just to keep the texture going. And then the same here on the other side. We also want more seperation between the hat
and the face so I’ll paint a shadow just where the cap and face meet. You do need to be pretty careful here, you
don’t want to butcher the paint job on the skin. So this can be a little nerve wracking but
you’ve just gotta get it done really. I’ll also line along this little crease here
at the edge. And then we’ll paint some shadows on along
the base of the little folds on the top of the cap. Alright, to finish off we’ll take some Birch
just on it’s own and we’ll use that to apply a few final highlights. Alright guys so that is how you paint a pretty
convincing worn leather effect. Let me know what you thought of the video,
if you have any suggestions on what I could do to improve them, I’m open to hearing your
ideas. The next video on this will show how to do
the strap and a the goggles, then we’ll look at the scarf and the shirt. As always thank you very much for your support,
I really appreciate all your help. Take care guys. Thanks again. Bye for now…

36 thoughts on “How to Paint Textured Leather – Porco Rosso

  1. Fantastic! This has to be one of the best layering tuts i have seen. The only thing i'd say following along would be to show what level of thinning you have on the paint (and on the brush), personally as i'm still learning i get the coverage wrong and my blend is too harsh. Maybe do a test stroke on camera?

  2. Hey man!
    Great work as always!
    Any chance you could do a tutorial at some point in the future on how to paint "metallic" dragon scales using this technique. Most tutorials I have seen its all dry brushing based and it really isn't giving me the effect I want. My first attempt I used Metallic paints and I was not happy with the results so I wanted to have another go using metal coloured paints. Dark bronze is the colour of my dragon so I was having a hard time adding highlights without it all looking very muddy.

    Thanks dude!

  3. Really cool! Wouldn't have thought cross-hatching could be used to help produce such a convincing leather texture.

  4. with the slow voice i don't know if it's an asmr or a painting video haha.
    the result is fantastic i just hope i can do something simmilar on a 28 mm scale

  5. Nice vid bud, loving the look of that leather. Will have to give this a try, although I'll have to do a bit of colour matching with vallejo as I only have a couple of those scale 75 paints. The scale 75 paints are awesome though.

  6. Great Tutorial as always. I will definitely be giving this a go when I next do some leather.

    Would you use the same amount of steps and highlights for a smaller scale model, or would you make it more 'drastic' in the contrast?

  7. Hi
    Is it possible you could do a video on paint consistency for say Base coating. So as to avoid brush strokes. And can I ask what wet pallette do you use. Parchment paper etc. This info would be greatly appreciated.

  8. Amazing work. You make it look so easy. Really enjoying the series on this and I'm really looking forward to seeing you do the goggles

  9. Really great explanation and example! Thank you for the thorough and concise tips. Can't wait to give this technique a go.

  10. Hey πŸ™‚ small question: this transparent drop on your wetpallet is it just water or some kind of glazing thing like lahmian medium?

  11. Amazing tutorial keep up the great content! One question I have, as I cant find a tutorial on anything close to this anywhere, How would you paint white leather? I am working on mini with a trench coat and would like to make it look like distressed white leather.

  12. Hi, how do you manage to stop your tip drying out? When I paint i'm having to re-wet the brush constantly. This is with the paint diluted with water, and some times flow improver

  13. Genuinely brilliant work. Thanks for the video, I feel better diving into painting the leather on some Stormcasts I've been working on!

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