Talespinner & I have been friends decades and I have always had him paint miniatures for me. He always did a great job. Then he goes all rogue on me and starts sculpting. Tells me I have to paint my own miniatures. He sweet talks me into going to ReaperCon 2013, at great risk to my home life <insert disgruntled family here> that I was going to "have fun while they had to stay home." All in all, I opted the path of forgiveness instead of permission. I'm still in one piece, and have managed to get my kid interested in painting as a result of this trip. SO, it has been a good thing...but an expensive one (if you have nothing to start with, the upfront cost for me was super high) but I made it work. I didn't have any paints, brushes, mixing trays, lights, vision magnification, or a clue...until after i just started painting at the con.
My first painted miniature was the Hell Hound (77038: Hell Hound by: Ben Siens)...but that is another story.
Anyways, I have been working with Talespinner on painting minis since ReaperCon 2013. He has given me pointers and descriptions etc, with the patience of a saint.
I started a Pathfinder adventure and one of the characters is a monk, and the guy playing him asked me to paint him a mini. I'm terrified, I have not ever painted a human. I spent time trying to figure out how to paint skeletons...<ok, technically they were human skeletons>... so in my brain, I have no idea how to even start this mini. SO, I ask him what the color scheme is: Yellow shirt & pants, Orange Cloak, Blue Highlights, Brown Hair, Blue hair ties.
I looked for a miniature that fit his her and settled on: Kazumi, Male Monk by: James van Schaik.
Now for the on topic comment:
1) I was thinking I would paint orange as my mid tone, and then darken the orange with a light brown (but didn't) and then lighten the orange for highlights with some yellow (but I didn't do that either).
What happened: I was putting on my base coat of orange, and it streaked...so I put on another layer, and it streaked...<insert frustration>...after about 15 coats of orange, I finally had no streaking, and a smooth color. I was a wreck! I was frustrated. I swore I would never touch orange again because it sucks...
This is why I never got to mixing any shadow or highlight colors for orange. I was so unahappy about my base coat experience that I went into avoidance mode for orange.
2) I thought I could relax again if i worked with the yellow shirt & pants. AGAIN! it took lots of coats just to get it looking good...and again, I'm just frustrated.
I set the mini aside for about a week. After seeing a councilor for Chrysophobia, Xanthophobia, and consulting many adult beverages, I went back and finished the mini.
I used 50/50 Orange and a orangeish red and just glazed in the shadows.
Sorry for the massive photos, But I wanted to show what happened with my orange experience.
*NOTE: The white stuff on the back view is from my dull coat sprayed in high humidity <for which I had no idea this would happen>
Now my kid wants me to paint a Pumpkin Monster...Not sure why, with October basically here and advertisements of Halloween everywhere. SO, I have to face my nemesis - ORANGE...
I apologize for the long explanation.
I'm looking for some advice on how to base coat and then work my way up to the orange of a pumpkin...