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She's one of my favorite figures. I have a piece I completed probably a decade ago in enamels, and another that is 90% painted (but all done 7 years ago - just needs finishing touches). Keep trying on the eye method - it takes a bit of getting used to. How's the point on your detail brush? Lately I've been doing almost everything with a size 2, but it holds a really fine point. 

 

I'm impressed by you jumping into whites/pale grays. It looks good! I'd suggest Ghost White or Leather White as part of the highlight stage, instead of Linen White though. Linen has a little bit of yellow, not seen in the Cloudy and Rainy Grays. Ghost White has a wee bit of blue, and Leather White is much more... bland and gray. The tiny bit of yellow in Linen might be why it seems slightly dirty. If you like it though, then right on! 

 

Keep up the good work! She's great ::D:

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27 minutes ago, Cyradis said:

She's one of my favorite figures. I have a piece I completed probably a decade ago in enamels, and another that is 90% painted (but all done 7 years ago - just needs finishing touches). Keep trying on the eye method - it takes a bit of getting used to. How's the point on your detail brush? Lately I've been doing almost everything with a size 2, but it holds a really fine point. 

 

I'm impressed by you jumping into whites/pale grays. It looks good! I'd suggest Ghost White or Leather White as part of the highlight stage, instead of Linen White though. Linen has a little bit of yellow, not seen in the Cloudy and Rainy Grays. Ghost White has a wee bit of blue, and Leather White is much more... bland and gray. The tiny bit of yellow in Linen might be why it seems slightly dirty. If you like it though, then right on! 

 

Keep up the good work! She's great ::D:

 

Thanks Cyr! I think your comments in that other thread were partly responsible for my making this purchase in the first place ::D:.

 

My brushes are wrecked. No good points on any of them, which didn’t help at all.

 

I don’t have Ghost or Leather White, but they’re on the list now. I did use some Maggot White as I had it out to do highlighting on the blue sections, and some Dragon White as well. I did want to see what the Linen White would do, though. I think you’re right about it being the source of the dirty look.

 

Also, the waist cords were done with Palomino Gold, mostly because I finally located my bottle of Palomino Gold that would have been super helpful on at least three recent minis. It was in a box that also contained a package of brand new (cheapo) brushes, each with a really nice point. <_<

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The Linen white is super good for highlighting yellows and greens, and white when the non-white shading is more in the beige scale, instead of gray. Possibly even good for oranges and reds, but those are tough. 

 

If you're looking for some good cost brushes, the Virtuoso set on Amazon is really good bang for the buck. They're good synthetics, come with a case (can be used later for good brushes), and have good customer service. I'm using them to train Sir Cyr, and occasionally for my stuff. I like the flat brushes of theirs a bunch. 

 

Great to snag a high end kolinsky, but you can do a lot with decent synthetics too (especially while learning paint-on-brush management). 

 

The Palomino on the belt was a good choice. The belt shows up well, without being out of place. 

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I love Palomino Gold!!  She looks great! 

 

As for the eyes just remember we learn more from our failures than from our successes.

 

But really you are doing great!

 

 

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Garrity eyes have always been tricky to paint IMO, it's not just you.  Good job!

 

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Looking good! I too struggle with the eyes, but i have gotten better, and the last mini i painted had really nice, realistic(ish) looking eyes. I found too that a larger brush with a fine point is much more useful. Shame i found that out after buying super small ones. They dry out instantly in my climate. I havent used a #2 though, maybe i should try. 

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I had been doing everything with a 0, until I gave my 2 a whirl. My 1 isn't as good a brush for some reason. Probably manufacturing error (likes to split). The 2 is so good that I can use it on eyes though. You do have to be very careful to blot the excess paint out though, or else you gush it when you put it to the figure. Once you get used to balancing the paint on the brush, it gives you a TON more working time, without necessarily sacrificing tininess. 

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