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3rd Mini Ever: Anirion from LTPK

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Well I love it!

 

Great job on that cloak!

Glazes are awesome once you get the hang of them.

 

A minor thing would be the highlights of the hair.

Could be the pic.

But it seems to be one colour.

 

You could mix in a lighter colour with the basecolour and highlight the ends of the hair and a small stroke in the middle.

 

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I like it! You are very consistent and smooth with your coloring, and the figure is well put together visually. My third figure certainly was not that smooth. 

 

If you want critique, here is my 2c: go heavier on the shading and the highlighting. It will be easier on the long parts of the cloak, since it is easy to do long strokes on that. The wrinkles on the hood will be tougher, but doing just a bit will make the texture show up a lot. 

 

You're off to a wonderful start, and I hope you keep up the good work! 

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58 minutes ago, Xherman1964 said:

A minor thing would be the highlights of the hair.

Could be the pic.

But it seems to be one colour.

 

Thanks for the kind praise!  Yes it is actually one colour, but that's what the instructions called for.  I tried to do some darkish wash through it, but it didn't really do much.  I will try your idea on the next one for sure!

 

48 minutes ago, Cyradis said:

If you want critique, here is my 2c: go heavier on the shading and the highlighting. It will be easier on the long parts of the cloak, since it is easy to do long strokes on that. The wrinkles on the hood will be tougher, but doing just a bit will make the texture show up a lot. 

 

Thank you so much!  When you say "go heavier", I am not sure I understand what you mean.  Should I make the colours more contrasting? Use darker colour for the shade?

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Yup, that's what I mean. Make the creases darker, and the peaks brighter. The folds on this guy's cloak are pretty sharp, so you could even put a browns in the deepest crease, and bring it up to the current red from there. The hood would have say a brick red, like the cloak's trim, in the bottoms of the wrinkles. 

 

With red, sometimes highlighting can be a nuisance because if you add white, you get pink. I ran into that issue this week doing a red-head's hair, just with brownish orange instead of red - I had put too much beige into the orange and gotten a pink/flesh color. Had to redo my highlights. 

By doing the shading first, you may find you don't need as much color on the highlights. Or maybe just a tiny bit brighter. 

 

This figure turned out very well; so I hope you don't take this as me ripping it up. Personally I find shading stuff like this one of the most fun parts of the painting, so hopefully you'll enjoy this aspect too. The glazing goes along with it, which you mentioned you like :) 

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I really shouldn't mention this(since you'll end up even futher ahead of me), but it's time to start doing something with the woodwork. A couple of very thin lines of a slightly darker brown would make it look much more like wood.

 

Or possibly pick up the  Vallejo 'Old and new wood effects' set.

(One primer, a wash, 6 paints, and instructions)

 

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Where the glazing has it's true power is that it takes those very pink highlights, and brings them back to reading red. 

 

@Baldur8762  While I agree with @Cyradis that you could push your contrast more. It still looks great for your 3rd mini. And pushing contrast is a ?lifelong? push as we get better. 

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Wonderful work, especially for your third-ever mini!  Red is often a difficult color to photograph, so don't sweat the picture battles too much. ::):

 

Also, you are already doing a fantastic job with your brush control, so keep it up!

 

As far as how to keep improving, I too can echo the continuously-repeated "moar contrast!!!" line, but know that that is essentially a battle without end.  Towards that end, glazes are great, but they tend to dull down contrast instead of ramp it up, so try to keep a judicious balance between strong layering and gentle glazing.

 

Once again, great job!

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I think he came out very well! Red is challenging to photograph, that is for sure. 

 

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Thanks Wren, Kuro and Poch, Thes and Gadgetman! Praise from such skilled artists as you all means a lot! I take great pride in trying to keep everything clean and tidy.  Part of the joy in painting for me is the level of detail that makes a mini special.  I love being able to paint the small things, that no one but me will every probably see, and keeping it looking as close to 'perfect' as I can.  I don't know why, but that just is so appealing to me. 

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That's a pretty solid job; much better than my third (or fourth, or...) miniature!

 

What about basing? Some dirt/sand and a bit of grass would really bring him to life.

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On ‎5‎/‎2‎/‎2017 at 0:31 AM, dunker79 said:

Wow, thats just so neatly painted. My 20th mini was no way as neat as that.

Thanks! I really like to keep it as neat as I can.  That's part of the appeal to me!

 

1 hour ago, Chaoswolf said:

That's a pretty solid job; much better than my third (or fourth, or...) miniature!

 

What about basing? Some dirt/sand and a bit of grass would really bring him to life.

Thank you so much for the compliments! I have tried my hand at basing only once now and...well...it didn't come out too nice.  I do plan on working on my base work this summer though. I am going to order some larger bases from reaper to work with very soon.

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