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You got my interest. I really like your style of painting and it matches what I am trying to achieve.


I will follow your thread now. I will follow close. I am still not sure if I will sit here all night, but for now, I will just look at the great progress.

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There's not a whole lot of progress, mostly because I can't decide on one of my colors.  Also, I've discovered that sitting her down for pics has rubbed a small spot off on her hair.  It will be an easy fix (especially given that it will be somewhat hidden) but I've taken to sitting her on my masters soap container instead.  There was also a bit of paint transfer from her hair to her face.  Not a big deal given than once the hair is attached it will cover all of those spots, but I've decided to keep the pieces separate until I finally assemble her head, just in case it would transfer somewhere important.


I know that I want the metal parts of her outfit to be gold and I plan to make the gems green, which leaves me one color to pick.  Red is a traditional choice but I don't believe it will work well with her hair.  Black is also a popular choice, but who wants to look like everyone else?


First, using ochre to block in the gold areas over white primer gives an idea of a gold/white look. 




White could work, but I was curious to see how purple would look.  I'm not really enamored with it.  Obviously it would look better with shadows and highlights




And lastly, just to prove red won't work even though I really like red.  It's just not going to pop as I would like.




So I'm back to leaning towards cold white or black.

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18 hours ago, Geoff Davis said:

Have you considered a blue-green?  The colour behind your photos of her look like a really good compliment.


Actually I hadn't.  With my idea of green gemstones I wasn't planning on anything else having a greenish hue, but now that you mention it jade would also be an appropriate material.  Thanks!


The only downside is that IIRC the jade paints I currently own are fairly translucent so I'll need to plan how to cover up the other colors with minimal layers.  For such a big mini it has some shallow detail in spots.

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I've gone from red to blue-green.  I won't get any painting done tomorrow but hopefully Saturday I can get a nice long session in and see how it all looks with shadows highlights and midtones.  If it all looks good it will finally be time to start finishing areas off.



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Honestly, on the hair bit - I'd picture it as being held up by a wireframe - that type of thing is done to get those hair styles in women's fashion. Basically, imagine a hoopskirt under wire but for her hair. Anyway, she's looking great; the metallic hair feels too unnatural to me.

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Ah right, I'd forgotten about this.  So my big painting session never happened because I got invited to a DnD game.  The DM likes minis but doesn't own any (of course :rolleyes:) so I've made the switch from fun to practical gaming painting.  Maybe I'll make a WIP for that, or maybe not, but either way this little lady is going back into her protective box for a bit.


As for the hair, they do sell dynastic Chinese costume pieces and an image search will bring up a lot of options to look at.  The sculptor is from Taiwan I believe and the influence is pretty obvious.  Of course in the real world they use wire and other materials to shape the hair, but she's fantasy so I'm not limited to reality.  ::P:  Also the fox spirit has horns shaped in such a way as the hair mimics them.  The current planTM is to do a similar style for both.

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As for me, I consider Chinese hairdo to be the most beautiful in the world.  So many different styles and types. And all of them radiate elegance.


Not having one, though. Not enough hair.

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*Dusts off thread*


Since it had been awhile I decided to move onto a new part before going back to the head and messing up a paint combination.  The PlanTM was to use her right leg as a handle while I painted the skin, but it tapers down to a small enough diameter that it was actually not that nice to hold on to.  Instead I decided to try out my stand after wrapping her leg in some fabric.  It holds her upright...



flips down...




and flips the other way...




Plus I can pick it up and use it as handle.  The base weighs a couple of pounds but that's no worse than a big metal mini.  With that out of the way started to block in some shadows and highlights, but the highlights were too much.  Looking at her head I had used that color sparingly and mostly highlighted with an intermediate tone.  I'm just working on the legs for the moment.  Her upper torso is only basecoated, no matter how the lighting might make it look.




So after working on the shadows for awhile on her right leg I ended up with this. It's rather annoying because the transition that shows up on camera is barely viable under my painting lights. 510144890_EvilFox26.thumb.jpg.f43933d569143d575b6dede07414666b.jpg


After blindly poking at something I really can't see for a bit I started on the highlights.  I started smoothing from the center to her left on the raised leg and added a highlight on her right leg.  At that point I ran out of midtone on my pallet and decided to call it a day.  That transition needs a bit of smoothing, but it's not too bad.




Also, the purple experiment needs to become green.  After a few passes of Reaper's Forest Green most of the purple is covered.  After I took this pic I went and found my ocher.  Going over those parts again got rid of most of the visible purple.  I'll give it another pass of green tomorrow and then highlight it. 



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