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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.
Hey all! This thread will be about my sculpting journey. I hope that by showing the time and effort it takes it pursue an art, others would be excited about trying it without getting discouraged by the climb up. I plan on posting daily here - I might as well continue my daily art streak! (And goodness knows I've got plenty of time now....)
Some days might have some cool stuff, but many will probably be like, "Oh man. I sculpted a lot of fur today. A. Lot."
Anyways. Hopefully y'all will get some enjoyment out of it. Here's to day 1 (tomorrow)!
Comments and praise are appreciated, but please give critiques too!
Links to Sculpting Posts:
Anatomy Practice Skeleton:
06/19/17 06/20/17 06/21/17 06/22/17 06/23/17 06/24/17 06/25/17 RIP in pieces
First and Second Miniatures:
06/26/17 06/27/17 06/28/17 06/29/17 06/30/17 07/01/17 07/02/17
Week 2. Nearly nonexistent. OUCH. I snuck in a little art doodle time to not break my streak!
07/10/17 07/12/17 07/13/17 07/18/17
Anatomy and Drapery Studies:
Hogarth Mini 2 - legs and feet
Sculpting a Bust:
Collect References and sketches!
Practice with Fimo
And we're practicing....
I ran out time to practice! Here's the body.
The Face: Part 1, Part 2
Kill it all, restart a million times over a week.
The Hair: Part 1, Part 2
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!
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