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    Painting in the style of ......

    Journey to Style: So one of the things I want to work on this year Is developing a more personal style. So I found an article on artistic style - and it had suggestions: Study Art History Experiment with different styles Talk about Art View other work of peers Push yourself Develop your story Cross-study Seek inspiration Break rules A lot of that I get here, but what I want to undertake is painting in different styles - So I went back to my College Textbook - History of Art and Architecture by Gardner. I went straight to the artists I have always favored - the 17th century & Baroque painters. To push myself im going to try and paint minis in styles of various artists. start with a few and move forward in time. Here is my Current List: El Greco, Caravaggio, Diego Velacruz and (possibly) Rubbens. It will expand once I try these out. What do I have a lot of? Bones Lizardmen - I can try 2 of each, and perhaps a human as well. That will give me a familiar canvas to work on and highlight differences. Plus it allows me to start immediately. If I really like one of these styles, ill buy another bones giant or break out one of my metal figures. Has anyone else tried this kind of push? I have a vague memory of someone else trying it here.
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    Painting in the style of ......

    somewhere between step 1 and step 10 (final highlights before spots), this went wrong. This first guy is going on to paint club tomorrow before I a add back spots. For the second Caravaggio Lizard man im going to start with step 1 - two color primer coat. Then I'm going to look closely at one of the painters red shirts and copy the highlight/ shadow colors.
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    Painting in the style of ......

    I missed the point on that one... yeah that's not going to translate well. Caravaggio Lizard: so lots of black, small surface area in high contrast. went with red, specifically northern red salamander coloring. - but I want to get the red right before I move on to spots. I used my new inks in an attempt to intensify the red and in the black - but im still not happy with the matt appearance - guess I need to as some pure white reflections. advice and critiques welcome, this whole project is just for learning.
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    Painting in the style of ......

    Caravaggio employed close physical observation with a dramatic use of chiaroscuro that came to be known as tenebrism. He made the technique a dominant stylistic element, darkening shadows and transfixing subjects in bright shafts of light. Caravaggio vividly expressed crucial moments and scenes, often featuring violent struggles, torture and death. He worked rapidly, with live models, preferring to forgo drawings and work directly onto the canvas. I can just imagine the conversations on the first one.. "WHy did you paint the rear end of horse?" Its the conversion of a saint. you mean the old guy leading the horse? no the guy lying on the ground seriously? we aren't paying for that. Who is the guy leading the horse then? it doesn't matter. he looks familiar - isn't that your landlord?
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    needs a caption....
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    Painting in the style of ......

    bleh. he is in my book, but im not getting that close to the present. looking ahead - I don't like much of the 20th century - although I may make an exception for Picasso. let's call him the end point.
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    Painting in the style of ......

    that's a different project - more technique than style. I know the lizardmen would look more realistic with patterns, these are basically a single color (plus eyes and perhaps claws) but it would lessen the impact. Caravaggio is next, and I'm actually using a (bright red) spotted salamader as a guide. He liked realistic animals, assuming they were standing around in an unlit barn, at night.
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    My parents firearm collection neatly brackets that - a civil war pistol and a 1950's air rifle. It is not an extensive collection, especially for Rural Missouri. they keep them with an oar and a supersoaker in the built-in gun cabinet. I get my whimsy genetically. Feb. 11: Do you collect anything? I guess I collect RPG games, but nearly everything was played, and some of it to tatters. books, only in the last few years have I decided that some of my collection is never going to get read again, and I might be willing to part with it. but on the other hand its not doing in harm just sitting on my shelves...
  9. huh. nowhere on this does it suggest that I was going to start painting lizardmen in various styles of 17th-century painters. El Greco (archer & club) Caravaggio (club - started) Diago Velacruz
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    Yes, I did.

    congrats ladystorm
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    Painting in the style of ......

    Moving on to the second el greco (el Geko?) mini the archer is carved down to have thinner trunk and limbs. there was some loss of scale detail, but I tried to carve the lower surfaces, which will mostly be deep black. however it wasnt enough. the lizard man didn't look elongated, just less thick There. the green stuff is mostly non-weight bearing, and now he just has leather braces on very long arms. No I don't know how he is going to reach the arrows from this position, perhaps he is just waving a fist in the air. the raised fist is pinned, the other is just sandwiched between attached bow and arm, I tried to keep the pressure off as it dried, but it still ended up compressing and becoming more bulky than intended. This one I am happier with. now a picture of some of the revisions to the other one. I'm not comfortable sculpting him, because both arms are carrying heavy objects, and I don't trust my use of pins and greenstuff to provide enough support.
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    Painting in the style of ......

    okay added more wash, then more brilliant green as a transition. I also did some sculpting for the archer version, cutting and adding green stuff wrist band to increase arm length - pictures later for Ruebens I was considering a Lizardman in rosy pink flesh tones, and they have pectorial muscles that could be suggestively shaded ... nothing to stop me but good taste. or I could just assemble and paint a Kingdom death miniature instead, that might be the path of least resistance.
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    Painting in the style of ......

    El Greco my notes: Gardner, wikipedia, observations elongated limbs, pastel colors, no ultramarine (used mainly azure, yellows & browns ) pale almost white skin, "Illuminated from within" to represent holiness, balanced figure with background elements. really good at details, but abandoned it for emotive painting. painted in bold blobs of color, but would spend hours blending them. willing to go all the way to black, especially to de-emphasize background details. first lizardman: painted in pastels, de-emphasized weapon and shield, highlighted with gold highlights, and then white. added gold highlights on browns to unify figure. its different than my normal painting - but it does not really say El Greco... I'm not particularly happy at this stage.
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    What's on TV?

    Russian Doll. - netflix binged it in two days. It is terrific. Characters wander through philosophy and metaphysics while trying to solve real problems they are having. plus time loop shenanigans I always love a good time loop, and it changes often enough to avoid repetition
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    Painting in the style of ......

    You have inspired me @Pingo. You are one of the painters that link between mini painting and Fine Art, as you use a different set of paints from the rest of us, and have one of the most distinctive styles. You have an Art Degree right? I have taken a class from @Kuro Cleanbrush and have tried his smooth metal technique. As much as I love looking at it, it is not a fun way to paint for me. I am occasionally willing to try blending with 8+ steps between black and white but not on a 32mm sword. I need to check the @Guindyloo @buglips*the*goblin WIP thread - I remember it having a lot of theory discussion. - of course, then I counted the color shifts on my current lizardman: black, brilliant green, BG/ pale green, pale green, PG/white, pale yellow, white. See only 7! My Gardner's textbook was from my architecture degree, the first time through I skimmed the art and concentrated on the Architecture, now I'm reading it the other way. I once went to the Louver museum waked around the outside to appreciate the building, then headed off to Notre Dame. (The line/expense to get in may have also been factors) Also, I would love others takes on the artists im working on, I worried that I was missing crucial things on my first attempt mimicking colors while missing the point of the style for instance. Connecting to old artists is fascinating - as people have been having to face the same issues of representing cloth/ metal / light and flesh with paint for hundreds of years and there have been very different solutions tried.
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    Painting in the style of ......

    I'm having some painting driven insomnia - Ill post what im going for with each artist, and a sample of their work .. or links in the case of Rubins - if I cant find any of his work with enough clothes, that still highlights his style
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    Friday, Feb 1: What are you looking forward to in February this year? Saturday/Sunday, Feb 2-3 (Weekend Quest): What's on your paint/sculpting bench, i.e., what'cha working on. Take a picture and show us! GengisCon - I am running kingdom death, and the Paint club is doing paint and take. a weekend late... 3/4 of these are supposed to be funny: the river widow is the only one I am painting for realism. Feb 6: Detailed Integral Bases, Brocolli Integral Bases, Slot Tab, Pins, Other? What style of mini base do you prefer and why? I think I prefer sculpted bases, I hardly ever remove them. Next is broccoli bases, because they fit better in my mini storage boxes better than the larger plastic bases. Each time I want to add more detail to a base I have to think, where am I going to store this? does this mean I am going to put a 32mm figure into a space that could take a larger figure? Is the base I have in mind important enough for me to do that? Once the figure is already larger then I would prefer no brocolli. Slot tabs are the lowest form, They demand treatment - sculpting/flocking or they just look bad, and are already less convenient to store. For storage, I use 2 level craft boxes, the top for smaller figures and the bottom for large, and a 3 level pistol case from the first Bones KS.
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    injuries with kids: breaking two toes while playing tag in socks with my 4yr old. (minispawn) needing six weeks with a chiropractor after one too many horsey rides. (eldar spawn) Parenting over 40 has its problems.
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    Jay's Wyrm ( Bones Mashup Horned Serpent)

    moving forward....
  20. or J's Wyrm : So this is one of my favorite creations from the Bones Mashup class at Reapercon 2018. It is simply a Vermithrax head on a Remoraz body. The head is slightly too big, but the two pieces fit together really well, and I don't own either of he the two original pieces. I named it Jay's worm because my name begins with a J, and I wanted colors that made it very clear it was not a natural snake. I went with the colors of my Alma Mater - Crimson and Blue normally attached to a jayhawk. It needed just a tiny bit of greenstuff - There was a hole at the back of the neck that needed filling, and a small amount of transitions. (or so I thought) I started painting and the colors seemed to work, Crimson and blue with some yellow around the face. when I got to painting the face I realized how mismatched it was. from a distance the lwer jaw looks like it matches the upper, but is actually a set of horns and an unrealistically flat surface on the bottom of the chin. Time for more greenstuff! okay so im not as good as I want to be at sculpting bands of scales. I can see it so clearly in my head, but it just doesn't come out like that. well as usual I just bang on. perhaps I can fix it with paint... or maybe I should rip it off and try again... looks better with paint:
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    Jay's Wyrm ( Bones Mashup Horned Serpent)

    I have gone donwn a very silly slope: It started slowly enough I thought I would try some jewel tones on the scales; not sure about the yellow on the fins, I think ill switch it back to blue. Then I was thinking since march madness is approaching what if its eggs looked like basketballs? The Kansas Jayhawk is already a mythical animal, perhaps the school could use a differernt kind of mascot to help its Basketball team win an away game? They are 12-0 at home this season, 1 -5 away. They have fallen out of the top 10. Horned Serpents appear in several Native American myths - Muscogee Creek, Cherokee, Sioux, and the Sioux lived in parts of Kansas. So obviously it should have a basketball egg, but what should the base be? probably some part of a basketball court - I have a round 3" base that it fits best on, and I found they sometimes paint this symbol in the center of the court for the tournament. On a basketball court, the floor is smooth and shiny, but you can still see the boards running across it. I can do that with brushstrokes.
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    Tyrannosaurs Rex + Shark =

    I first thought What? Why? then I looked. yeah that question was answered. that sound like a lot of fun.
  23. Ongoing goals: One metal Mini per month (Rumbleguts) 3+ from bones3 Core Other: Finish Horned Serpent Vinette (converted figure from bones mashup class) - possibly convert to a diorama. Snow White the T-Rek. Finish January's metal mini - River Widow
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    goblin mooks, bones 3

    sorry if some of these are reposted. Half were painted up in a hurry for my daughters D&D game, the other half were painted in a hurry because it was easier. They are really small, and painted in 1-2 hours each.
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