Painting white in the Max Watanabe style basically means you first paint the parts a dark gray (I used Mr. Color Navy Blue – my favorite “black” for most purposes) and then paint them white again, starting at the center of the panel and moving outward to the edges. Because it takes so much white to seal out the black, you get a natural variation, and it’s easy to define a gradient, because each time you put more white paint somewhere, it gets a little lighter instead of a lot. So far I’ve painted most parts black and a few parts white. Once the gradients are done I’ll further highlight the white parts with an even brighter white.

Parts (1)Parts (2)Wing (painted black)Wing (painted black and shaded white again)Head