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Hello art family! Y'all might remember my 2016 thread, where I focused on making a habit of drawing every day. 2017 was wild and I decided against a thread here, but I have continued that art streak through this year with a slight change - painting and sculpting was allowed to sustain that miniatures habit.
I'm getting a bit of a headstart with my 2018 thread! I'd love to learn some fancy traditional art school basics, and I think a lot of these things transfer over to most any type of art, like mini painting and sculpting.
I see lots of friends here talking about color, lighting, and MORE CONTRAST, and I think we should check those cool things out!
When I start a new subject, I will list (but not link) books, websites, or other references so you can follow along if you'd like.
Mori's Suggested Learning List!
1. The Learning Mindset
I've had a chunk of antler sitting in my drawer of basing materials for years, waiting for the right figure to use it on. I recently acquired the Bombshell Miniature Morihalda bust, and inspiration stuck! The antler was cut at a weird angle but I was able to use a hacksaw and a miter box to square off the top. I have the dilemma of trying to figure out a) the right orientation of the bust to the base, and b) if I want to fare in the bust pedestal to the antler using green stuff. I plan on putting a couple of pins in her base, and then matching sockets in the antler. I figure I can blank off the top of the antler with shrink wrap and then do the sculpting work (if I choose to pursue that) which would enable me to separate them again for priming/painting purposes. Anyway, I've come to you brave forumites for advice! I've got four pictures attached showing the four possible orientations of the bust/antler. Let me know which one you think is the most appealing choice! I'm partial to #3 myself, but my wife likes #4.
Whoo! Time to paint for ReaperCon! RUSH RUSH RUSH RUSH
I don't paint very often, and now that I'm entering a competition, it's painfully obvious that I don't know any techniques past basic color blocking and washing in shadows.
I need to try a whole bunch of new things. So! Let's learn:
- Dark elf skin (I want purple dark elves, to be specific)
- Soft, gray leather
- Wild hair color blending
- OSL from the fire!
First, dark elf skin. I found the first page of @Corporea's Drow bust very helpful - her initial attempt was much too purple for her needs, but super close to how purple I want mine to be! I've also gathered my own mess of colors to test out fun things!
(Holy moly, I haven't done a WIP since Spring 2016)
HOLY MOLY, how have I never painted a dragon??
I went through my stuff - I have a BOX of unpainted dragons. Thanks, Bones III. We're fixing that right now!
I choose you, Three Star Stormwing!
My rolls from this morning (also here):
I actually got some really lovely rolls here. Even though one of them is pure black, which limits me to 4 colors instead of 5, the heather blue and cloudy grey look nice together.
Unfortunately for contrast, they sort of... blend? Together? Learned artists, what's the word?
If I were to take all the color out of the heather blue, it would look exactly like the cloud grey.
I did check to see if my eyes were learning - they are!
So here is my dragon. My 3 rolled colors on the right, and my liner and white on the left. He's pinned but I still need to do some quick green stuffing!
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