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By Kuro Cleanbrush
Hello again, everyone! Well, I still can hardly believe that I can say this now, but... I won the Gold Sophie for the ReaperCon 2016 Painters Category!!! There were so many awesome entries, and I am super honored and humbled that everyone liked this piece so much! You all just make painting so much fun (as I've said many times before), and I simply loved talking with you about all of our minis and every facet of our shared hobby!
The mini itself was the ReaperCon 2015 Hall of Fame Dinner exclusive mini, and so I did not think that he would ever officially be released, but then I saw him in the coming releases display at ReaperCon! Who knows? Maybe that means he'll be a part of Bones IV!!!
I added the tentacles by starting with an old leaded-pewter TSR space worm of some kind that I got from Jasper after a forum painting contest a few years ago, and then I sculpted the scales and suckers with green stuff. If you're curious, you can see the whole WIP starting here.
Thanks so much for looking, and I can't wait to see everyone again next ReaperCon!!!
Ok, I finished enough to not feel too bad letting her leave the desk and sit on the shelf! Whooo!
This is Shennay, one of the busts from the Spanish company AresMythologic. I'm enjoying painting busts so much when I tried to go back to 54 mm this weekend I got irritated that I couldn't put all the detail in the face and eyes like I wanted! Heaven forbid a return to 25 mmm!! She's 1/12th scale resin, comes all in one piece and was fairly easy to prep so she's a friendly starter bust.
For this project I decided to practice my transparent cloth, whites, freckles, red hair and TMM. I wanted to play with complementary colors, so this is done mostly in red and green. I used the red to shade the green as well.
My WIP is here with some details including the colors I used. Enjoy! C&C always welcome and if I can explain anything or help out, let me know!
Because of the transparent cloth effect, I've linked the naughty pics:
Here are a few others that are safer:
Sometimes she reminds me of Ce'Nedra... except, er, bustier.
Right. So since I'm set to teach of skin this year as well as "hard colors" I'm taking every opportunity to push my skills and try new things so that at least I have some good examples to share. I was just going to paint this one and be done with it, but I ran into a snag, did take a few in progress shots, so I thought I'd share my "failure" in order to use it as a learning experience.
I say this because I think it's important. Everyone makes mistakes. They are all fixable. The mini does not have to be dunked in simple green and stripped. Even something that makes me cringe, I know I can salvage. It just takes patience and a bit of work. Gotta be positive!
At any rate, that said, here's some learnin'!
I picked this bust up because the euro took a dive over the summer and I'd been eyeing some of these minis, so I laid in a small stock.
I fiddled for awhile trying to decide what color to use for the leather. So, color theory: Red + Green = WIN. Since I wanted a redhead, I decided some bright green was in order. I'm mixing it into the armor and the corset. These are good for contrast because they're complementary. When using complements I have to be careful not to make both of them too intense. So the reds here are desaturated to some degree- they live in the iron oxide instead of cadmium family, so hey're softer. I can get away with a brighter green in exchange. I'm trying to keep the colors value different as well. That's one of the things that trips minis up. I usually use this example:
Same value = no contrast
So when picking colors I'm careful to try to vary them as much as possible. If that makes sense.
Next, I want a freckled redhead. Cause' reasons. Plus, need to work on my layering and how better to do that than to work on skin markings! So, I start by setting down some freckles. Notice how they look tacked on? Skin marking live in the dermal layer of the skin. Skin is bunches of slowly dying flat transparent layers over top of a bunch of other living material. The pigments live deep. The same goes for tattoos. So, it stands to reason that if I don't put some layers of my skintone over this, it won't look right.
Ok- gotta actually go do my real job. I promise to get to the great mistake of doom soon!
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