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About the Author

About Jean-Bernard André (jba)

Here are my 10 rules for better dioramas! 1 -The diorama is everything modelling is about, it's the meeting point of the manufactured object that is the model and the human input, you can –and have to- tell stories with dioramas. 2 -When doing your diorama you should not be influenced by any tr...


This looks awesome. The whole thing is very well done indeed. I love the wreck and would love to know what technique was used for the rust. The figure, horse and groundwork are also excellent. All the best Vic
JUL 10, 2006 - 08:23 PM
thanks for the comments! there's 4 kind of rust here -the big completely rusty armour plates were done by mixing some burnt sienna paint pigments with very few thinner and apply them with an old brush, then once the paint is set i added a black acrylic wash at some particular places -you have to take care during the process as of course the pigments "drink" the paint. -then there are the paint/ rust . As you know the rust can grow beneath the paint, so for this i used some mix between the white boat's colour and pigments -then there are the run-off kind of rust whuich were applied at the right places with a small brush -finally there's my prefered one which is the small rusty blotches: i coated the good parts with some water and white paint and i then i dumped some burnt sienna and black pigments from the tip of a blade hope i stayed understandable with the whole thing! I remembered this old quote "in the marine you salute everything that moves and you paint the rest", i then used a lot a layering for the paint and some areas are more painted than others on a ship hull or so i suppose and this si why i painted it that way. I used a lot of pictures reference of rusty boats to paint it of course. hope it helps! jb
JUL 10, 2006 - 09:02 PM
Thanks for sharing your technique, it works very well. Vic
JUL 11, 2006 - 01:18 AM
congratulations for your imagination, creativity and painting skills. and thanks for informative help on rust. bestest regards
JUL 11, 2006 - 01:22 AM
Truly a work of art. Everything in this dio looks great, Horse, figure, stones on the shore, the water, the ship, everything. Thanks for sharing this amazing piece of work JB.
JUL 12, 2006 - 11:09 AM
First of all a great imagination, then very detailed and fine work on every corner of the piece. I like it alot. Congrats and thanks for sharing.
JUL 14, 2006 - 04:39 AM
deep thanks for all the new comments, those are very motivating to start again something HUGE .
JUL 14, 2006 - 01:29 PM
Hi JB. A very imaginative and original piece. Everythings well executed as well. Nice one. YES please!
JUL 15, 2006 - 08:13 PM