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    CMON Expo Instructors Speed Painting

    The CMON Expo was a great event, but the best part was the speed painting event. All of the instructors decided to get together and do the speed painting on Sunday just for fun (we didn't enter ours into the competition). It's Robb Stark from Song of Ice and Fire, painted in 90 minutes using battered craft brushes. Left to right (IIRC), they were painted by me, Clay Williams, Elizabeth Beckley-Bradford, Rhonda Bender, and Jen Haley.
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    Painting A Pirate - My First Bust

    I'm getting really close to finishing this project, and it feels great. While I've made a few blunders while trying to use 2 brush blending and loaded brush techniques, which are both relatively new to me, I'm learning and improving. Still left to paint: The pipe The eyes Complete the silver stripes on the head scarf Button holes Final touchups
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    How? Just How? Realistic Face on Bust

    Chris Clayton sculpted and painted the original Hush. He did an extensive project log that details the entire process, including painting. Can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2dneepqu4kgnq16/hush_cc modelworks bust.pdf?dl=0
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    Painting A Pirate - My First Bust

    A nasty sinus infection knocked me out from painting for a while. Thankfully I'm feeling better now and have made progress on the Pirate bust again. The stripes on the kerchief are just the beginning of a simple silver stripe pattern, based on a historical example I found of a scarf from the 17th century. The hat is nearly done. Now I need to add some glazes of color for the staining and weathering it's endured out on the high seas. I also need to at least base coat the hair before I finish the skin. I know myself and if I complete the skin before doing anything on the hair I'm sure to make a mistake and mark up the skin. The weekend also involved buying a new toaster oven for curing sculpey and making up some example pieces. I'm going to be teaching some sculpting fundamentals at the CMON Expo this year. Made 2 each of the examples- going to paint 1 so people can see the difference between the raw piece and how it looks painted up. Will post pics when they're painted.
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    Painting A Pirate - My First Bust

    Got about halfway finished on the shadows of the vest this weekend when I decided to start playing around on the other parts of the bust. I feel like I've got a good start on the skin. For the hat I think where it's at now will be a great highlight color, so I'll be slowly deepening the shadows.
  6. I've always wanted to paint a bust and recently got a very nice pirate from Pegaso. Because he's a large project I kept him modular. The hat, head, and body are not glued together yet so that I can easily work on them without the risk of getting paint on a related section. Plus, I want to try and do a hint of a tattoo on the exposed chest and don't want an errant hand movement to get that color on the shirt. Started with the belt, as I had a solid idea of what I wanted to try for the leather. So far I'm pleased with how it's progressing. My next big step with it is going to be freehanding an embossed design on the tongue. Also put some base coats on the vest.
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    Oriental Pulp Minis

    Continuing my work on a friend's collection of Pulp themed miniatures has led me into his Oriental area. I decided to start off with the big bad himself, the wise old mastermind. From the very start I knew he'd have to be wearing golden robes. I'll be freehanding an oriental dragon on the chest, as well as doing something with the scroll... I just don't know what at this point.
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    Paint Over Lunch - Learning Sketch Style

    Been working on my final color choices for the robo-lizard. Feels like I've lost a lot of contrast. Part of that is because I think I used too much white overall and didn't enforce broad contrast on each element. So I'll have to work to fix that using more standard techniques.
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    Paint Over Lunch - Learning Sketch Style

    Last night I finished up the sketch, which means now I get to play with color! I've known since the beginning of this project that I've wanted the armor of the robo-lizard to be mostly red, which I have done a little shading on in some areas. I'm just not certain what other colors I want to use, so I'm open to suggestions if anyone wants to share. The only other thing that's certain is that the rider's cloak is going to use blue and white.
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    Paint Over Lunch - Learning Sketch Style

    The sketching is nearly complete! Worked a lot over the weekend, because I'm really excited to start laying in the color. Drybrushing white on the tiny neck scales made it much easier to work on them. I'm going to hit the brightest spots with some titanium white tonight. One side has much higher value than the other. The lower value side will get a cooler mix of colors, as the main light source is coming nearly horizontally to the high value side. Now I'm trying to plan out the colors I want to use. From the beginning I've wanted the main scales of the robo-lizard to be red, so I'm thinking about a red, purple, and blue palette, but I'm not set on that, yet. I've got a plan for the cape, which will be white and blue, but there will be some special techniques involved to make it striking.
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    Paint Over Lunch - Learning Sketch Style

    Haven't been able to paint on my lunch break the past couple of days, but was happily able to get back to it today! I switched off using the airbrush paint and am now using a white from Army Painter, which is much easier to work with. Only downside is that a tiny ball of paint likes to dry on the tip of my brush, so lots of extra cleanings are required. Tonight I'm going to carefully drybrush the edges of the myriad tiny plates beneath the neck of this creature. This will allow me to define them so I can see them easier.
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    Paint Over Lunch - Learning Sketch Style

    @Kuche This was all done with a normal brush- I'm just using a white paint specifically marketed for airbrushing.
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    Paint Over Lunch - Learning Sketch Style

    Remembered to pack up my flow improver before heading to work today, which helped. I think the real issue with this white paint is just that it's pre-mixed for airbrushing, so it's additives are different than the normal Vallejo/other manufacturers I use. I only picked this paint because I've got a ton of it. And it will work perfectly for this learning project. I went back over a number of the panels to try and increase the contrast, as well as smooth it out a bit. I feel like I'm starting to get the hang of this.
  14. Ever since I saw the Painting Buddah video for Red Chaos Armor, I've wanted to try it. This St. Mark mini has been sitting in my collection since my very first CMON Expo 3 years ago, and I figured it would be the perfect piece to try this out on. So, after eating quickly I setup my mobile painting station in the breakroom where I work and got to sketching. I'm really happy with how it's gone so far, but I realized I need to bring my little pre-mixed bottle of flow improver for the white. I'm using an airbrush white- some random manufacturer Hobby Lobby carries. It's good, but dries a tad too quickly. Once I get everything done, the robo-drake will get glazes of red for the armor.
  15. Working on a commission for a friend of mine, painting up his collection of pulp era miniatures (most from PulpFigures). The latest batch are some Nazi Rocketeers! [/img]