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Painting figures in dioramas


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Hi all


Just been browsing through many of the dioramas that have been submitted and as someone who has never built a diorama I have a question.


It seems almost every one of the people in the dioramas has had their clothing painted using a semi-gloss paint or one which gives a faint sheen to the fabric.   This always strikes me as unnatural looking and I'm wondering why flat paints aren't used for fabrics?   


I'm not meaning to be critical of the work displayed there and many of them are outstanding snapshots of moments in time and very imaginatively composed.   


Just curious.



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27 minutes ago, Black Knight said:

The camera flash adds shine to even fully matt surfaces


AHA!!   As simple as that then?    Thanks for clarifying it.



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