Non Metallic Metal a Guide by Jean-Marc Brisset

Non Metallic Metal – the PRELUDE

I have admired Jean-Marc’s work for a long time and his NMM in particular is really impressive, in addition to painting a lot of Super Heroes his style is also very illustrative in it’s execution. With that in mind I thought it would be a neat idea to get the low down on how he achieves his results, this is not an exhaustive account at all. There are plenty of NMM tutorials about but I do believe he has something to offer and each image in this little tutorial is very clear and the explanation for each is concise. Hope you enjoy it and please remember to share, help us to grow and spread the word about the work we are trying to do, many thanks!

Non Metallic Metal the PROCESS

During the whole process I use multiple thin layers with a 70 % dilution and glazes at 90 % dilution, let’s get straight into it!

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Base the armour with a mix of XV88 (80%) and Moot Green from GW (20%)

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Apply a very diluted wash with Base + Rhinox Hide (20%), (dilution about 90% water ) on all the armour

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First lights with a mix of Base + Yellow Naples from Liquitex

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More lights with Unbleached Titanium (80%)+ Green Gold (20%) both from liquitex

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More shadows with Base + Rhinox Hide , and some thin glazes of Base + Yellow Ink to clean up transitions and bring back some saturation

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More lights with unbleached Titanium and more shadow with Rhinox Hide , glazes with Green Gold

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Final touches of Titanium White from liquitex for last lights and some Abbadon Black from GW for darker shadows

That is pretty much it, as Jay mentioned there are lots of articles on this subject and I just wanted to share my process with you, like many things in figure painting, it is always about learning and adapting, so for instance if you just take one small element from my tutorial and incorporate it into your own work or even if you take parts from lots of different sources and create your own style then the tutorial would have done it’s job.

Below you can see a little gallery of the finished piece, I hope you like it, thanks for reading and I hope you found it at least a little useful. Many thanks to Jay too, not only for inviting me to write for the site but for giving so much to the community in the form of figurementors! Happy painting!