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So here is the latest finished mini.  What I originally wanted was for her to have a pale-wood colour to her skin, as if she was the inside wood of the tree coming out through the bark.  So I basically wanted her to look like bare lumber.  Unfortunately she turned out looking like nicely tanned human skin and I didn't want her to look like a naked human lady hanging out in a tree.  So then I tried to paint her a little darker and paint some wood grain on her but then she looked a little like a tiger.  So instead of getting hung up on her and stalling out I decided to paint her flesh green and move on.  So I like how she turned out and on this mini I did some highlighting instead of calling her finished after the Strong Tone wash because someone called me out on it recently.  So this one is for you, @Sanael ::P:

 

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Hooooooo man!!

 

She looks great! Nice work on all the colors; she's complex but coherent, and I love the teal in her hair. You really did some good work on the base, too.

 

Highlights are really nice. I think her thigh looks great, and the definition of her facial features is really striking. Overall, I'd be happy to put this mini on my table!

 

I do think you can keep pushing! You've done great work on her hair, but you can keep going, two or three steps brighter. Hair, especially, can go all the way to white without looking too "cartoony." Since this dryad is a bit more woodsy, her skin looks great, but I'd say the next time you paint a more human skin tone, you can push a little higher on skin, too. Depending on what you're using the minis for, this can make their features stand out a little better from across a table.

 

This is a definite level up! I haven't painted this mini yet, but your work here may get her off my shelf of shame.

 

 

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Thanks for the nice comments eveyone.  And thanks for the push Sanael.  I was very happy with her even though I didn't get the wooden Dryad I was trying for originally.  I will definitely keep working on the highlighting and pushing it farther than I think I should go.  I have plenty more minis to paint and build my skills with before I start tackling the things I want to do justice to, like Dragons Don't Share, Khanjira, Kaladrax, Nethyrmaul, etc, etc, etc.

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