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01608: Diva, The Blessed (warning: beginner paint job)

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Watching your early work is great as we will see your progression and you did a great job on this

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Thanks for all the kind words ::D: .  I did a lot of reading/watching tutorials when I was getting ready to work on the original gift for my friend, if only to get some sense of whether there were any tips or tricks that I needed to know about working with acrylic paints, so I at least have some handle in my head on a fair few of the basic concepts.  Putting them into practice is another story, but that should come with more experience.  The important thing for me is having fun, and so far, it's been a blast.

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Watching your early work is great as we will see your progression and you did a great job on this

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Welcome!  Have a look around and ask questions. There are a lot of great painters here that are always willing to help. This is one of the friendliest forums you will find on the internet!

 

This looks great!  I agree with you that your highlights are quite good.  Most people new to the hobby don't highlight or even consider color mixing on their first mini!  I look forward to seeing more!

 

 

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Great job! I wish my first mini looked that good.

Reading your blog you mentioned that the eyes came out more anime looking then you intended using the dot technique, I've used that technique in the past too and got the same outcome. recently changed how i paint eyes to doing the initial black then doing over that with a line of white that is slightly watered down, rather then the white side dots then go back and do a vertical line in back for the pupil. The LTP kit as well as other tutorials i watched mentioned this technique and I've been impressed with the results so far. Also found that painting the eyes first helps because you can cover up any mistakes with the skin tone.

also great job on the lips, next to eyes they are the hardest to paint.   

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Wow, you are onto a very good start! And boy, have you come to the right place to improve your skillz!

 

And thus, as your initiation reward here is a one time only premium magical trick that will improve your skill 1000% in no time: Paint figures! Yes this is all you have to do to improve your skillz, paint and post here, get comments, paint more, and improve. 100% improvement guaranteed! If not, your money back!

 

Welcome on board, and enjoy the ride! :)

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looks pretty cool. welcome to the hobby. I look forward to seeing more of your stuff in the future.

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Having fun is the most important part of mini painting! I like how you did the hair and think you did a nice job. Welcome to the forums!

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Doing great!  Highly recommend checking out Reaper's Learn to Paint Kits.  They're absolutely fantastic and teach some basics without you having to get caught up in picking paints that look appropriate for each level of highlight/shadow.

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Thanks again for all the kind words ::D:

 

20 hours ago, NecroMancer said:

This looks great!  I agree with you that your highlights are quite good.  Most people new to the hobby don't highlight or even consider color mixing on their first mini!  I look forward to seeing more!

 

 

 

Honestly, deciding to try mixing up my own colors was mostly because one of my closest friends is a VERY skilled artist who said that she can make any color she needs just from mixing red, blue, yellow, and white on her palette while working on a painting.  I just thought that sounded really cool, so I wanted to try learning how to do that, too, at least to whatever degree I'm capable of.

...not feeling a need to buy 3-5 paints for each color that I want to do also helped, although I can understand how others could see the convenience of having those paints readily and reliably at hand as being worth the cost.

 

17 hours ago, Ducknuck84 said:

Great job! I wish my first mini looked that good.

Reading your blog you mentioned that the eyes came out more anime looking then you intended using the dot technique, I've used that technique in the past too and got the same outcome. recently changed how i paint eyes to doing the initial black then doing over that with a line of white that is slightly watered down, rather then the white side dots then go back and do a vertical line in back for the pupil. The LTP kit as well as other tutorials i watched mentioned this technique and I've been impressed with the results so far. Also found that painting the eyes first helps because you can cover up any mistakes with the skin tone.

also great job on the lips, next to eyes they are the hardest to paint.   

 

Ah, that sounds like a nice way to do eyes.  Thanks!  I saw people suggesting both doing the eyes first or doing the face first.  I was leaning towards doing the eyes first while looking up various tutorials, but then I saw Ghool's video about the dot technique on HCO and decided to go with the face first since that was how he did it.  Planning on trying it the other way around on the next face I do to see which feels better.

 

I actually found the lips pretty easy on this one (just made a few dots of red and trimmed down the excess with flesh paint), but it was probably just beginner's luck :lol:

 

8 hours ago, rfusca said:

Doing great!  Highly recommend checking out Reaper's Learn to Paint Kits.  They're absolutely fantastic and teach some basics without you having to get caught up in picking paints that look appropriate for each level of highlight/shadow.

 

I saw those kits when I was looking around on amazon for a decent paint bundle, but I wasn't sure what to make of them since the descriptions weren't clear to me.  I'll take another look at them now, though.  Thanks for the tip!

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I also would recommend the kits. As they are great value for their price with 11 bottles of paint 3 minis to work on, painting instructions and 2 brushes. Recently finished going through the core skills kit and just started the layer up kit. They helped a lot.

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She is an excellent novice figure and you should be proud of her! Welcome to the forums! Pick our brains ::D:

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