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I absolutely love the way the shading is done. Seeing this makes me want to try the same style out right now.


I don't suppose you have a second to give a super quick rundown of your technique? Did you basecoat in the mid-tone color or the shadow? Did if the mid-tone first, did you do the shadows then the highlights?

This is the exact sort of style I had been going for with a mini I did recently, and I feel you've captured exactly what I had been going for style wise.


I look at my layers and they look blotchy and inconsistent, while yours look smooth and flow into each other. The white highlights are not hidden or super blended, they lay on top of everything, and while they stand out, they do it in an oddly natural way that really makes it look fantastic. So even while you can see the separation between the layers in the blue cloak, from any sort of distance it blends perfectly and looks super natural.


Anyway, what I'm trying to say, is fantastic job!

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II don't suppose you have a second to give a super quick rundown of your technique?


On this mini I started with the midtone for both the blue and green.  I believe I used 5 total colors (shadow, 50/50 shadow+midtone, midtone, 50/50 highlight/midtone, highlight) (+ white for the blue).  I used a few layers of glazes until I got to the "good enough" point.  Two things that I'm still working on, but think I did a better-than-average-for-me job on this mini are: blends over short distances (a rapid but smooth transition) and even highlight-lining.  Executed these two things well is a hallmark of certain painting styles that I aspire two.


Regarding your Galladon, the main thing I see that stands out is that your highlight color covers too much area, so it becomes the midtone when looking at the back and sleeves.  The highlight stands out more when looking at him from the front since it covers a smaller area.  Most of the robes have smooth curves, so there isn't much opportunity for bright white highlights on him.  In terms of blending, I find it's mostly a patience thing - more transition colors, thinner paint, more layers.  I find five (as above) is a nice medium value for me, as I can get reasonably smooth blends without thinning my paint almost to the point of water.  I rough in the colors at about 1:1 paint:water, and then spend some time glazing with maybe 1:3 paint:water.  That's a bit on the thick side for glazing, but it gets me to my "good enough" point faster.

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