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Hi, I want to start this to get me motivated to get some accountability and hopefully guilt myself into working. So here is the very first of hopefully many steps. The first step is to prime the miniature, I've done that, the 2nd step? To photograph the miniature to capture the volumes of real light that shows where I want my light source. For this I want two light sources. So really that means I just used my computer screen and my ceiling light, adjust the miniature to taste and get the angle I want to set the light. The screen light is whiter and will be the light from outside the window, the yellower ceiling light will be my tavern fire light and will be the primary light source. The skin will be fairly shiny so this is pretty much a mandatory process to get those realistic sheens....because I'm literally stealing form reality it helps a lot. If I were a better painter I could fake the light sources with enough knowledge. Thankfully I have some serious shadows on the model, and my mid tones will have a lot of room for blending. The problem now? Picking my colors. What do I know? I know the floor is wood colored and the axe/haft materials I know that I'm going to want off white and pinks for eye whites and gums teeth etc. The gold of the primer is actually a really beautiful color for a fantasy creature, so I might see if I can't keep that. So Gold, pink, whites/off whites, and browns, I don't know if I want a two toned or patterned beholder. I think this is gonna be a challenge whatever I do. I think I want to go for a fleshy color
In a previous post I mislabeled Aline the Bold also from Artisan Guild as this model so here is the actual Sony Jona. I had a happy accident with the teal cloth. I was painting in bad light (tsk tsk) and ended up mistaking silver on my palette for white. By the time I realized my mistake I was mostly done with the skirt but upon reflection (no pun intended) I thought it didn't look half bad and sort of fit the personality of the figure. The other thing I realized too late is that the base is designed so that the scroll and bottles snug up to her right foot. I realized this as I was painting the base at the end. Since she was pinned and glued in place so she remains.
So I'm interested in selling some of my painted miniatures, and I'm wondering about the best way to go about it. What have you all tried? What did you like/dislike about various selling sites? One stipulation I have is that I will not use PayPal. I had a very bad experience with PayPal once and do not trust them. I'll make an occasional credit card payment through PayPal, but I will never again have a PayPal account, which you need to accept payment. I sold a miniature successfully on eBay once, but someone else handled the auction (i.e. he did the actual selling, I just supplied the mini). Without accepting PayPal, I don't think I'll be able to go that route myself. I was considering creating a store in Etsy. Their rates seem reasonable, and they are reputable enough that I think they can be trusted. I was thinking of putting the listings on my website, but I don't think it gets much traffic. The auction I did was listed on CMON. (Can you advertise Etsy listings there?) Any advice, especially from past experience, would be appreciated. Thanks!