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Peter Paul Rubens 1577-1640
Rubens's depiction of males is equally stylized, replete with meaning, and quite the opposite of his female subjects. His male nudes represent highly athletic and large mythical or biblical men. Unlike his female nudes, most of his male nudes are depicted partially nude, with sashes, armour, or shadows shielding them from being completely unclothed. These men are twisting, reaching, bending, and grasping: all of which portrays his male subjects engaged in a great deal of physical, sometimes aggressive, action.
I added a twist, lean, and adjusted his neck.
Here are my two kitsune figures, painted at last!
These two are available in Dark Heaven Legends as 03801 Kogo (him) and 03802 Dijoro (her). In Bones, they are 77473 and 77474. I painted the metal versions.
Pathfinder has rules for kitsune and tengu characters, and they have been legal in Pathfinder Society for a couple of years, so I wanted Reaper to have miniatures available to those players.
I sculpted these two in late 2015 (wow, that long ago?!). They were in the "Eastern Legends" stretch-goal of the Bones 3 Kickstarter, along with my 3 tengu figures and Tre Manor's oni.
You can search for the keyword "tengu" to find my painted examples here in the Show-Off forum.
And here is a link to my Show-Off thread of my conversion of an elf to a kitsune.
I had chosen these general colors (green/teal for him, and pink/purple for her) at least a year ago, but not the details.
I've spent 20+ hours on each of the two, including prep, priming, image-searches, painting, a few rounds of photos and touchups, and now this post. I had intended to give them quick-but-clean paint jobs (not more than 10 hours each), but the hours added up with the detailed patterns and freehand, the custom "Japanese garden" bases (his Zen garden of stones and raked gravel, and her stone and lantern), and repainting both figures' bladed weapons with simpler smooth gradients (over a very busy small-brushstroke effect the first time).
I sculpted their clothes relatively simply, so you can paint them with smooth blends or give them intricate freehand patterns. I did an online image-search for "Japanese fabric patterns" and used a few that I liked most.
The color and pattern of his shirt are inspired by a piece of celadon pottery with a network of fine cracks in its glaze.
I expected to paint his sake bottle and cup in a lighter color (white or celadon green), but the rusty red worked better in the composition. I did an image-search for "red glazed sake cups" to assure myself of a real-world precedent.
A few more notes and details:
What's with her pose? I intended her to be drawing a hidden knife from her bodice, though I think I sculpted it a little too well-hidden. Her expression is devious on the right side but fake-afraid on the left. Nevermind the naginata in plain sight, it's the hidden knife that her opponent should fear!...
I asked ReaperRon (art director) whether a female kitsune should have humanlike hair to be more obviously feminine, and sketched a few options. He preferred this one with the long flowing hair.
I painted it with a transition from orange to dark brown so there wouldn't be an obvious hairline.
I like the accidental color on his haramaki ("belly-warmer" armor) -- I couldn't decide whether to paint it green, blue, purple, or brown, and the multiple layers of paint combined in an interesting way.
I need to call them done and move on to other projects.
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