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Finally picked up a brush to continue basecoating cloth. I identified a subgroup of five minis that had a couple of colors in common and started with those. A reddish brown and teal made it onto almost all of them:




Then I filled in the rest, using the same color across minis where I could. I've been using a tip from Nic Daniel's color theory class I took at ReaperCon using paintings for color scheme inspiration, and for those of you who have a copy of Color and Light by James Gurney, I'll include the paintings I'm using as inspiration from his book.


The mystery lady is inspired by Glowing Ferns on page 41. I'm pleased with how close the premix colors I found are so far, and I think when I do the leathers, feathers, hair, and highlighting, she will have a very close feel to the painting:



Oleg is inspired by Old Hudson on page 38. The basecoat is a little saturated to match, but it's close and I'm hoping if I can get closer with generous desaturated shadows and with dark leather boots:




Lanna is inspired by Cabin at Platte on page 34. The green I used is totally wrong, but I didn't have a premix that was right so this was my closest starting point. The painting has a lot more green than I found room for on the mini, so the base will have to help balance it out. Also, I have no idea how I'm going to make so many colors work together. The painting doesn't look garish but poor Lanna so far does:




Kesten is inspired by Dinosaur Boulevard on page 151. I really should have picked a simpler painting! I'm going to try to focus on a part of the painting. I don't like his shield so far. Again the green is wrong but I couldn't find a right premix.




Finally the Harrower is inspired by Oriana in the Moonlight on page 131. One of my favorite paintings in the book for one of my favorite minis. So far the colors are matching pretty well. There's a green I used in the stripes I forgot to put in the pic (I'm using the pics as a painting notebook for now) which are a straight-up steal of the stripes in the inspiration painting. So far I like the way this one is going the best!




Here's the gang so far. Basecoating without any highlights or shadows is making me nuts but I am determined to plod onward!




Any tips or ideas are welcome!


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Is it bad that I know all the paintings you're referring to? :)

Coming along nicely, especially the freehandy bits.

You're a self-confessed Gurney fanboi, I think it would be bad if you didn't. :blues:

Didn't he shake Gurney's hand and swear never to wash it again?

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Worked on Midrith after work. She's inspired by Saurian Steps on page 116. What should I do about her leg? It seems more like a legging than bare skin but cream did not work. Should I just make it flesh, or is there a legging color you think would work?




PS would probably never have opened that bottle of mint green without the inspiration pic, but I think it's gonna work out great!



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This was the 3rd mini I ever painted and I wish I'd have known how to paint stockings (since I still don't!). While I ended up painting her leg a skin tone, I wish I had done more of a transparent hose type of look like this: 


I'm not sure if it would end up looking good, but it was always something I wanted to try. Just an idea-- no pressure, I know anything you decide will look great!

[edited for a typo]

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Paint it as sheer stockings. Glaze with your skin shade color and be patient until the result pops up. There's a tutorial for this somewhere and I cannot remember what it is called. I'll look for it.


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Found it!

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Excellent! I love the stocking idea and thanks for the tutorial as well! I was looking at the inspiration painting again and I need some charcoal gray in there, which will work well with a stocking. I'm thinking of doing her sash in that color as well. Yay!

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