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Pharess - Fire Sorceress - another of Grim's commissions

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Hello again! I've just wrapped up another commissioned work, for which I should get another lot of Bones. At this point, I don't really need the Bones, but hey, I'm enjoying the challenge and the experience, and I'm learning a lot from each.

 

This is for the wife of the guy I made "Judas the Just" for. She likes playing various fire casters, so he gave me "Pharess" to paint up for her. It's a very creative mini, I sculpted some additional fire for the base and mounted her on a washer. I actually mounted her on two - she fit on a 3/4" base, but I decided I wanted a bit more base to play with so I put her on a 1". I made up the difference with two-part epoxy putty - she is now a pretty solid piece of metal.

 

Incidentally, I pinned her arm but didn't quite line it up right - so her left arm is a bit high and her shoulder looks a tiny bit padded. I will also say this mini has some really hard places to get to - the dragon blocks the right half of her face (and there's something strange going on there, maybe I got a miscast, or maybe there's a nose chain or something?) and her legs block a lot of her waist. I also ended up blocking one of her feet with the fire. C'est la vie. As I said - learning experience.

 

I have not sealed her yet - if anyone has any comments I'll definitely contemplate fixing it. I'm not going to put a lot more work into her, but I'd love the feedback regardless.

 

Pictures!

 

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Here are some from a different angle, so you can see the base work - the base was covered with playground sand, which I painted up as coals at her feet. This is actually easier than it looks - I painted them a sort of orangish red, drybrushed them in black, then drybrushed them very lightly with light grey.

 

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Nice Colours

Thanks! I'm working a bit with color theory, though I will admit it really only informed how I colored the dragon on this particular mini.

 

like the eyes...

I am really happy with how the eyes and face came out. In particular, I think it's my best eyes so far.

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I agree she has pretty colors and nice eyes.

 

Have you considered adding darklining to your figures? Or perhaps a dark wash, followed by touching up midtones and highlights? Darkening up the low areas on the figure can make a big difference in making parts of the figure look distinct and clear.

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As the others have already said: the eyes and color choices are great. I also like how seamlessly the mini "flows into" the base. The only thing I'd do in addition is to put some other colors on the dragon - that's just my personal idea, not really a criticism of your work, which is far better than what I can do (maybe it's the pictures, but are the eyes green, too? ... or the claws ... or the mouth/teeth ... end of the tail?).

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I agree she has pretty colors and nice eyes.

 

Have you considered adding darklining to your figures? Or perhaps a dark wash, followed by touching up midtones and highlights? Darkening up the low areas on the figure can make a big difference in making parts of the figure look distinct and clear.

 

I've considered darklining - it is a step that I'm not quite ready to take yet. It definitely creates a very striking effect, but it's a bit more "cartoony," and I'm not sure that's what I'm trying to sell. I certainly noticed this makes a big difference with the smaller details, such as the straps on her leg. I will say when I was done I looked at Derek's (dks) and yeah, his has his details definitely stand out (not that I'm breaking all my brushes or anything, he is a professional.)

 

I probably could have done more on a few areas to build up a difference in color, sure.

 

As the others have already said: the eyes and color choices are great. I also like how seamlessly the mini "flows into" the base. The only thing I'd do in addition is to put some other colors on the dragon - that's just my personal idea, not really a criticism of your work, which is far better than what I can do (maybe it's the pictures, but are the eyes green, too? ... or the claws ... or the mouth/teeth ... end of the tail?).

Good point! Actually, the dragon has yellow eyes, but they have black pupils so they don't really stand out in any of the pictures. As it happens, the only ones that are close up on him are out of focus since I was photgraphing the base. I will say that I didn't want to spend too much time on the dragon, as it is not the main detail, and it would detract from the focus.

 

Still, there's more I could have done, sure. Maybe added some red back. ::):

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I was going to say the exact same thing as Serenity said. I totally agree that lining or at least a dark wash in those areas for separation are a must to move up in your figure painting progression. Great work though, just keep at it like the rest of us and keep posting pics of your finished products!

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