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This one is a real devil to paint.  

I got the body down and feel the colors there all make sense for a fire demon.  But the wings...I can't figure out what to do with them.  I was thinking to make them the feature and brighten them up, but the more I look at it the more I think the face and body are the focus.  Needing some help here.

 

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BATTLE REPORT!

 

Wins:

* Another round of dry brushing success!  Did a scarlet red, to flat red, to clear orange dry brush triad.  

*  Used clear orange filter to bring up the areas of highlight and the subtle change looks really good and helps increase contrast.

*  Horns seem to work pretty good with a oragnge/buff/white mix transitioning up.  

*  Dry brushing the gold kept it a cooler color rather than a overwhelming "bam" gold look.  I used a yellow+gold mix to highlight the edge of the sword, but in looking at the photo I may need to increase this.

* Vein on the right bicep has a purple hue I added.  I thought it was cool.

 

Misses:

*  I got pretty far along and then realized I have no idea how I want to do the wings.  I need help!  I need direction on the bone sections versus the wing membrane.  

*  The left calf got a bit too healthy of a helping of orange filter.  

*  The horns on his head don't seem to fit as well, but it's growing on me slowly.

*   Tried putting yellow eyes.  Didn't like it.  Then tried doing yellow with purple dots.  Didn't like it.  Then tried yellow with white slits.  Meh.

*  Used a filter around the eyes with yellow to give a glowing effect, but it was way too overpowering and ended up making him a devil raccoon.  Not the intended effect.  Died it back down with red, but still stands out a little weird.

 

I've got 2 more in this series and want to give them some consistency.  I was thinking the female devil I would do a purple/red mix.  As always, open to some ideas.  

 

If you're going to give feedback, I'd love some ideas on a diorama I could do with the three completed devils.

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Wings can definitely be tough, especially when you have nothing to base them on!  Painting a young fire dragon right now and had the same issue!

 

If you want to keep the whole thing in this red color, then I would say highlight the bonier structures the same as the front skin and go dark on the membranes similar to what you already have.  Bring the bony bits at the top out a bit with cream color, or white.  Again, I recommend finding somewhere to add some color contrast, maybe the groin cover?  The gold works well, but I think you need another color to help bring out the rest of the miniature?

 

Looks good!

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I Think the question is what idea you have about the wings. Right now they look like coloured Leather wings. 

With this in mind you could go for a reddish look and add burning marks around the holes. Think of distinct colours between bones, wings and holes in the First. Then blend together Bone and wing but contrast the surroundings of the hole.

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