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Strong work!  I like your bold jewel-tone palette with the juxtaposition of smooth areas with textured areas.

The shine on the crystal is especially convincing.


Right, to make something on a mini seem to be glowing, it needs to be lighter and brighter than the things around it that aren't glowing. 

And here her brow naturally casts a shadow from an overhead light on her eye, so whatever color your paint in her eye will look darker unless you shine a forward-facing or upward-facing light when you take the photo.  On your next mini with glowing eyes, you could go darker with the painted shadows in the eye socket, use a darker-than-normal color for the sclera, and use a near-white (with just a hint/glaze of the color) for the iris.


Thanks for sharing,


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