I know several of you had the wonderful opportunity to view the MR Fett thread last night that was ERASED. I was following this thread with amazement not because of the MR bucket but because some of the most SENIOR members of these boards were offering up opinions on this helmet. As I followed along I was stunned at some of the INFORMATION that was disclosed.
Now, I do not feel it is right for me to name the SENIOR members who were apart of the MR bucket thread. I have much respect for these guys and it is not fair for me to call them out. If somebody else who read the MR bucket thread wants to do that then that will be up to them.
anyway...the information that came out was about "secret templates" that have been used to create the accurate paint jobs we have seen on several buckets.
It appears that some of the best buckets on the boards have not been painted by simply looking at the reference photos and just painting but rather by SCANNING these photos and creating TEMPLATES for every single scratch on the bucket.
for me this explains the incredible level of accuracy that some people have been able to achieve.
I have been painting buckets myself and I have been very happy with what I have achived but I have always realized that my buckets are not on the same level as other members of these boards. Now I know why!!
At this point I do not feel using templates to create a accurate bucket is a bad thing but I do think that it is something that should have been shared on the boards "a long time ago". I think many of us just assumed that the most accurate buckets we done by artists who just had a talent that was second to none but now I know that I can accomplish the same thing if i had these templates.
I DO WANT TO SAY THAT YOU MUST HAVE SKILLS TO ACHIEVE WHAT THESE GUYS HAVE. IN NO WAY DO I BELIEVE THAT TEMPLATES COULD ALLOW ANYONE TO ACHIEVE A BEAUTIFUL AND ACCURATE BUCKET. YOU MUST HAVE TALENT TO PULL THIS OFF EVEN WITH THESE TEMPLATES.
I also want to note that you must have some COMPUTER skills to create these templates which I do not have. I would have no idea how to scan the referance photos to create these templates.
I do not want anyone to think that this is a "negative" thread. This is just a thread about getting the truth out. I am also asking these senior members to share what has helped them achieve what we all want....which is a dead on paint job.
I have seen other members share templates for armor, and even a scratch built helmet. I am hoping the same will be done for these painting templates.
I also hope that no fees are put on these templetes. I have a feeling that this might be the case.
These boards have been about sharing and passing on knowledge...so lets keep the spirit of this in our mind and share what I consider to be the best kept secret on thse boards over the last several years.
I will end on this..I hope this thread does not get DELETED like the MR thread did and I hope nobody gets mad at me for this post.