Tips & Advice

Each banner below is linked to an article that gives tips/advice on an assortment of techniques and supplies the author used to finish that particular Black Heart bust or wall-hanger.  Most of the authors are accomplished artists, painters and/or hobbyists, and many of them are award-winning modelers.  Some are professional modelers that do commission work for collectors, for producers and for exhibitors.  Others are writers for hobby magazines and websites.  Still others are Black Heart customers wanting to share their experience painting a Black Heart bust or to share things they've learned. The authors have diverse backgrounds, diverse interests, varying degrees of experience and artistic talent.  Some paint primarily with an airbrush while others prefer hand-painting their busts.

Each article is character-specific but the techniques highlighted or presented in one article can be applied to many other characters and projects.  In the coming months, we will publish new articles focusing on specific features (e.g., eyes, hair, clothing, African American flesh) and effects (e.g., rust and other weathering techniques, gray scale, metallics) and media (e.g., transparent paint, metallic wax, oil paint, pastel chalks, decals, watercolors).

Click on one of the banners below and enjoy the articles.  We hope you find them helpful.  And, if you have suggestions for future articles, please email us at goblackheart@comcast.net.

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Angelique Banner
Abner Marin's Angelique by Paul Gill & Mark Van Tine
Angelique Banner
Abner Marin's Angelique by Saul Alvarez
Angelique Banner
Abner Marin's Caracolilla by Rusty Nail
Caracolilla Banner (Riojas)
Abner Marin's Caracolilla by Steve Riojas
Alien Banner
Alien (Xenophilia) by Rick Cantu
Bride of Frankenstein Banner
Bride of Frankenstein (She's Alive!) by John Allred
Bride of Frankenstein Banner (McKellar)
Bride of Frankenstein (This Ain't Your Daddy's Bride) by Greg McKellar
Bride of Frankenstein Banner (Valentina)
Bride of Frankenstein (Sister to Sister) by Conny Valentina

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Colonist Banner (Matsugoro)
Colonist by Matsugoro
Colonist Banner (Vickers)
Colonist by Neil Vickers
Curse of the Werewolf (Disanto)
Curse of the Werewolf by Fred Disanto (The Eyes Have It, Too)
Cyclops Banner (Alvarez)
Cyclops by Saul Alvarez
Dracula Banner (McKellar)
Dracula by Greg McKellar (I Don't Drink Wine)
Dracula Banner (Parke)
Dracula by Steve Parke
Dracula Banner (Abdullah)
Dracula by Ali Abdullah (There will be Blood)

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Frankenstein Banner (Valentina)
Frankenstein (Groovin' on the Groom) by Conny Valentina
Gillman Pt. 1 (Cantu)
GIllman (Real Men Love Gillmen) by Rick Cantu
Gillman Pt. 2 (Alvarez)
GIllman (Real Men Love Gillmen) by Saul Alvarez
Gillman Pt. 1 (Garratt)
Gillman (Real Men Love Gillmen) by Martin Garratt
Godzilla Banner (Caruso)
Godzilla by Kenny Caruso (Ken Kong vs Godzilla)
Godzilla Banner (Lawrence)
Godzilla by Jim Lawrence (King of the Monsters)
Green Goblin Banner (McKellar)
Green Goblin by Greg McKellar

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Karloff Tribute Banner (Naeyaert)
Karloff Tribute (Tribute to Karloff) by Troy Naeyaert
Lovecraft Tormented Banner (Allred)
Lovecraft Tormented by John Allred
Lovecraft Tribute (GeoS)
Lovecraft Tribute (The Stars Are Right) by GeoS
Lovecraft Tribute Banner (Kinney)
Lovecraft Tribute (The Colour Mythos) by Dave Kinney
Lovecraft Tribute Banner (Miller)
Lovecraft Tribute (There's Something About Mary) by Mary Miller

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Medusa Banner (Parke)
Medusa Turn to Stone by Steve Parke
Medusa Banner (Garratt)
Medusa If Looks could Kill by Martin Garratt
Mr. Hyde Banner (Alvarez)
Mr. Hyde (The Doctor is Insane) by Saul Alvarez
Mummy Banner (Allred)
Mummy by John Allred
Mummy Banner (Krerowicz)
Mummy by Tony Krerowicz
Nosferatu Banner (McKellar)
Nosferatu by Greg Mckellar
Predator Banner (Lawrence)
Predator (The Elder Statesman) by Jim Lawrence
Predator Banner (Lesko)
Predator (To Catch a Predator) by Dave Lesko
Predator Banner (Smith)
Predator (How Annette Got Her Groove Back) by Annette Smith

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The Reptile Banner (McKellar)
The Reptile (Ssssssss) by Greg McKellar
The Reptile Banner (Parke)
The Reptile by Steve Parke
Bram Stoker Tribute (Capone)
Bram Stoker Tribute (In BLoody Color) by Jim Capone
Terminator Banner (Allred)
Terminator by John Allred
The Thing Banner (Allred)
The Thing by John Allred
The Thing Banner (DiSanto)
The Thing (The Eyes Have It) by Fred DiSanto
The Thing from Another World (McKellar)
The Thing from Another World by Greg McKellar
The Thing Banner (Rusty Nail)
The Thing (I Nailed A Thing from Another World) by Rusty Nail
T. Rex Banner (Garratt)
T. Rex (King of the Dinosaurs) by Martin Garratt

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Werewolf of London Banner (Jorgenson)
Werewolf of London by Dan Jorgenson
Werewolf of London Banner (Pavatte)
Werewolf of London Randy Pavatte
The Wolf Man (Camp)
The Wolf Man by Jeff Camp
The Wolf Man (Oberman)
The Wolf Man by Gordon Oberman