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I decided today is a good day for showing you the truth :lol:

 

Originally my plan was to post my wips up from the very beginning for one reason and that is for you to see that there is no need to fear the paint. This is the most important lesson I`ve learnt through all this years of painting: Don`t fear the paint!!!

 

You can mess around with acrylics same way like you can do with oil paints. You can put them wet in wet in on the figure and just mess around with them how you like. You just have to take care that your layers of paint are not as thick that the paint obscure some fine details, but apart from that you can simply push and pull it around in a (semitransparent rather opaque consistency) on the miniature in a quite chaotic way and I tell you this is massive fun. This is the most joyful part in painting, because you don`t need to be carefully at all. This is also a very good way for practising and learning highlighting, because you can try out different light scenarios, before you make your final decision.

 

This is what I call: Making first a very rough sketch.

 

This is the stage where you can simply try things. If you don`t like it....no problem, just paint it over and try a different sketch of the highlighting. The problem with starting very clean up from the very beginning is: You are not flexible anymore. You fear to damage what you have already painted and you stick to something which is might not the best solution, but you stick to it, because you have already spent a couple of hours with painting it up to this stage and this blocks your creativity.

 

Unleashed creativity starts always with chaos. The chaos gives you the chance to change your direction again and to try out a couple of things before you make your final decision.

 

Most of my actual wips are far beyond the chaos stage already, but Gandalf is right now in the absolutely chaos stage and so I have got the chance to post at least one of the wips which are at the very, very beginning. I just spent a very short time with him until now and what you see here is only a very first and rough sketch of the osl. As you see, I ignore all other details and I just mess around with my paints for to find out which way the osl might look good in the end. So this is all in heavy progress/movement. Can be that the next wips look completely different, but the overall direction became gradually clear for me in the meantime.

 

OSL:

Well this is a complicated OSL because:

- There is coming white light from above from his staff

- There is coming orange light from the Balrog in front of him

- And for making it finaly complicated there is also coming light from below (he is standing on such a stone bridge) because in the abyss there are a lot of torches at the walls below.

 

So I have to paint 3 lightsources here. 1 in white and 2 in orange and red (fire colours).

 

Everything here is just done very rudimentary. This is why all looks very unclean and messy, but this is actually exactly the way my paintjobs all look in the very beginning.

 

Technique: For the moment I just mix the light colours (white, orange, red) with the grey of his robe and with dark grey at the shadows and I apply it very quickly and combine wet in wet with some very rough and quick layering with more opaque paints for making fast progress. I do absolutely not care about cleanliness. I`m not sure yet about the reflections at the sword and try different things here right now. At the moment the osl looks more like rust than like light, but it is just because it is not workout yet. Later the highlights will be more orange and brighter and then it will work. What you see here are rather the midtones of the osl.

 

Concept: Simply the movie scene which means that the base will be a piece of this stone bridge he is standing on in the movie. Not a big deal.

 

The challenge here is not the base, but this complicated OSL, his face will also be challenging. Well here it is, don`t get a shock :lol:

 

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For "very rudimentary" it looks remarkably advanced! The finished product will be truly spectacular! 

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On 6/12/2019 at 1:18 PM, Glitterwolf said:

Cool, thanks for posting!

 

 

You`re welcome. In the future more "horrible" wip photos will follow, when I start something completely new haha. It think this is the best way to prove that only the amount of time decides about the result. I`m telling this to everybody since years, but it seems the most rather believe it is talent what is making a good painter, but this is not true.

 

Time spent with the paintjob is making the good painter. Even a completely noob can paint something which could win a great contest, if he/she is just is willing to spend many, many, many hours. The only thing which changes by years of experiance is: One is able to reach a certain result in less time.

 

For example: For a miniature painted on the level of an 8 at coolminiornot I needed first 60 hours and 5 years later I reached a lot better results only in 30 hours and so on. This improves constantly with each year of experiance more. But the truth is: Everybody, simply everybody with good brush control (someone who is able to apply paints clean and controled, almost everybody can do this) and the ability to paint blendings in general (no matter how they look like in the beginning) can be a highendlevel painter just by go on painting, painting, painting at one and the same Miniature until it looks awesome.

 

Patience is the painter`s best friend. ::D:

 

22 hours ago, Rigel said:

For "very rudimentary" it looks remarkably advanced! The finished product will be truly spectacular! 

 

LOL. Hm I guess I should post bigger photos. But yes I understood what you are saying. Many thanks ::D:

 

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