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Here's the 2nd one to be redeemed this weekend.  The first round of Alandin was trying to work the cape color into the shield.  Didn't go well first time.  It was also before I found Vallejo's metals.  I need to find someone who's done this one really well because I struggled 2 times.

 

BATTLE REPORT!

 

Wins:

*  The cape color with a modest purple lightened up to a grey for a highlight felt right.  Better than the blue I had before.

*  The metal of the armor felt good to do the copper/gunmetal blend, but I struggled a bit with the details. 

*  The skin color this time I went with WAY less fare and more tanned.  The skin colors worked better, but again struggled with the details of the mini.  I'd like to quit using that as an excuse for my difficulties. I think developing faces is an area I need to put some more work.  Good news, the blend of colors worked better, but the face detail was not so much.

*  Swords with a blood groove in it I like using the gunmetal as the deeper color.  

*  The Purple checker and purple bleed in the shield felt pretty fun to do and helped put some more action to it.

 

Misses:

*  Face - I hate the face.  Period.

*  Hair is still a bit weak.  The colors to push from brown to blonde is kinda meh.

*  There's a stomach plate I made a copper color, but I'm thinking that should have just been kept as a gunmetal.

*  I really, really, don't like the face.  Did I say that already?

* The cape has some pretty heavy shade in some places.  I feel like the shading or depth of shade didn't work to the effect I should have.  

 

Still need help with the base.  

Still need help with the face.

Really, really need help with the face.

 

Open to your feedback.

 

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For starters, the pupils aren't the same size or looking the same direction, so I would suggest practicing making tiny dots until you can do them uniformly.  If you look at photos of people, you'll see that the top of the pupil is just barely covered by the lid, and the bottom of the pupil lightly touches the lower lid and there is rarely any white space above or below it. 

 

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There's a blog post with a simple tutorial here: http://www.arcanepaintworks.com/blog-1/2016/6/9/6-step-eyes

 

Second, I think the eyebrows are too pronounced. Either make them thinner, or glaze with skin tone to blend them a little more. 

 

 

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@Inarahyou've tried to save me before and i very much appreciate the feedback and that you haven't given up on me. 

 

I'm thinking next time I'm not going to leave the eye area dark and just go flesh color all over the face and lightly wash it. I'm simply suckin' at faces and am trying too many things all at once. Washing will give me time to focus on just the eyes. Good stuff. 

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