2014 Miniature Figure Collectors of America
73rd Annual Show and Mart

(Page Seven - Philippe Gengembre's Face Painting)


Phillippe was the second person on Saturday to conduct his painting seminar.

• (Phillippe had actually become an MFCA Grand Master back in 2007).
• He used Windsor Newton (tube) Oil paints in his program.
• Phillippe also used Windsor Newton brushes.
• He used (what appeared to be) a section of wax paper as the upper part of his paint pallet. (Phillippe suggested using a material which would n ot absorb the oils out of the paint).
• This was situated on top of a saturated paper towel, inside a plastic container which had a lid. This technique was used to keep his oil paints from drying out. When his painting session was done, Philippe would just put the lid onto his container in order to keep his paints "wet".
• Phillippe paints the actual color of the paint onto the cap of the bottle or tube. This helps him determine precisely the color of paint within the bottle or tube with just a glance at the bottle or tube.
• When painting small details with a brush, the point of the brush is more important than the actual size of the brush.
• Also, when brush painting, Phillippe uses the side of the brush, (as opposed to just using the tip of the brush).
• For his flesh colors, Phillippe started out with Burnt Siena, Titanium White, Raw Umber, a dash of Cobalt Blue along with a dash of Golden’s Gold.
• When painting, he starts in the mid-tone color range.
• For his shadows, he uses Burnt Umber, (which is a brown color almost to the point of red).
• Phillippe uses Paint Thinner mixed in with his oil paints, in order to help his paints dry quicker, along with helping his finish to get more of a "dry" look.
• Turpentine is sometimes mixed in with his paints, to slow the evaporation down a bit, along with helping to give his painted finish more of a "wet" look. (He primarily uses Turpentine as a brush cleaner, though).
• When finished painting with his brushes, after he has cleaned them THOROUGHLY, if he doesn’t plan on using them soon afterwards, he applies a bit of Olive Oil onto them, to help them retain their shape along with keeping the bristles in good condition; (then, before reusing the brushes they would once again be re-cleaned).
• After his shadow color(s) have been applied, when blending these areas, Phillippe’s technique is to pull the shadow areas out, back towards the lighter, base-coated regions, along with pushing his base-coated color back in (towards the recessed, shadowed areas).
• When applying his shadowed areas, he shoots for a very thin coating; (Phillippe tends to brush most of the paint off on his skin or the sleeve of his shirt in order to achieve this); following this he blends this color into the surrounding areas.



(I unfortunately ended up leaving the program prior to Phillippe actually delving into his face-painting tips and techniques; because of this, I was unable to complete my note-taking at his presentation. – :~\ ).



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