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New books be Dave Taylor, one of which features Aaron Lovejoy, Matt Dipietro, and Elizabeth Beckley of Miniature Monthly and others.
If you would like to just get two of the three books, the best way to do so is to pledge for one of the books, then increase your pledge total to include the Add-on price for the second book below.
We will be using BackerKit as our pledge manager and that's where you'll have the opportunity to make those specific choices. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments or by messaging me here on Kickstarter.
THE ART OF…
For more than 30 years I have spent a great deal of time talking with hundreds of artists who paint miniatures – for fun, for a living, for relaxation – and I am always intrigued to learn more about their philosophies, approaches, and processes. Some of these artists have spent decades refining their technical skills, while others bring their “traditional” art training to the miniatures world. Some draw inspiration from the most unusual of places, while others find it in popular culture turned on its head.
THE ART OF… series of books will highlight fantastic miniatures artists from around the world, bringing their thoughts and passions to stand alongside their magnificent and inspirational work. We’ll be featuring both individuals and groups in this series, as we explore innovative approaches, studied refinements, and even tangential influences.
These books will be both a celebration of the artist and their art, as well as an opportunity for them to present their thoughts on particular topics and let the world know why they approach their art the way they do. These will not be “How To” books, but rather complements to their existing outlets work that the artists are already doing.
This is just the beginning of THE ART OF… series. With so many wonderful miniatures artists, there is so much potential to explore.
Volume 1 – THE ART OF... Miniature Monthly
Miniature Monthly is a collective of three professional painters from the US – Aaron Lovejoy, Elizabeth Beckley, and Matt DiPietro – who have a Patreon (Miniature Monthly) producing painting tutorial videos. All three are (or have been) studio painters for a number of different companies and they each bring something different to the table. This book will be a high-quality, softback artbook of 128 pages.
Aaron will cover:
• Creating a team/collective – looking at The Painters’ Guild and Miniature Monthly
• Striking a balance between Speed and High-end painting
• Freehand – Adding depth and texture
Elizabeth will cover:
• Smooth Skin – featuring work on the Kingdom Death minis
• Chibi Art – how painting chibis differs from “standard” miniatures
Matt will cover:
• Ancient methods with infinite possibilities.
• The Art of miniatures, – Finding your voice and engaging with the audience.
Volume 2 – THE ART OF... Christof Keil
Christof Keil (aka k03rnl) is an artist from Germany who has made a name for himself with his incredible kitbashes and conversions and his work to turn 2D artwork into 3D pieces. Christof’s day job as a blacksmith working on enormous metal sculptures has given him a precise eye for balance and motion. This book will be a high-quality, softback artbook of 96 pages.
• Kitbashing – a focus on anatomy, balance, silhouette
• The Black Phalanx – a kitbashed project
• Sculpting – creating reliefs and busts
• Painting Black – an exercise in mimicking the masters
• Black Templars – recreating the John Blanche art of 3rd Edition
Volume 3 – THE ART OF... Ana Polanšćak
Ana is a professional miniatures painter from Croatia who is widely regarded for her world-building miniatures art. Her converted and sculpted miniatures blend seamlessly with her terrain work to create dark corners of worlds that beg to be explored – at your peril. This book will be a high-quality, softback artbook of 96 pages.
• World Building – a focus on selecting a starting point and key developments. Working on your own worlds and collaborating with others
• Gardens of Hecate – a world created by Ana
• AoS28 – Hosting the LEGEN and the Sunhold campaigns
• Sculpting – What it’s like to turn concepts into physical sculpts for the miniatures market, and the reliquary/artifact creations
We want to show you our next Kickstarter Exclusive campaign on October 13, with 5 models of hygienic and reusable masks with up to 85 washes, with exclusive illustrations by David Daza
Rising Creature model:
This is the link to the Kickstarter campaign
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Last year quite a few of us had a some fun doing this Inktober event. The idea is to draw something each day, inspired by a list of words; there is a word for each day.
This was The thread from Last Year:
There are official rules. We broke most of them. There is more than one person making lists (apart from the guy that started it 11 years back), the lists have different themes…. Last year anything that could leave a mark on paper counted as Ink, some people found ways to combine words from multiple lists, it was fair game to jump from one list to another and back, some only ever posted their pieces here but not on fb, twitler, instychat, (or any of the popular social media pages), skipping days was a thing, gradually catching up was a thing, using two prompt words in one drawing to count-as-2-days was a thing…
THE ONLY REAL RULE WAS TO HAVE SOME FUN WITH IT
I have stumbled on three other lists in addition to the original Inktober2020 list. Images of them all follow. I will cheerfully add some others if someone suggests any.
InktoberLite2020: One possibility if One-A-Day just seems too much, too fast, is to do one every 48 hours. We have here four lists, that yields 2 words per list for a total of 8 word choices, from 2 days. Pick one word (out of 8) for a drawing to be completed sometime on Oct 1st or 2nd. Rinse repeat for 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and so on.
NB: Rolling 5D6 will mostly result in a lot of Owlbears and Beholders and Bulettes...no idea how you’d roll choices 1-5 (blame whoever did the graphic #totalartmajor #notagamer).
The Official ^ Original Rules and Prompt Words
Added per Guindy’s suggestion.
@Sylverthorne found ^ this.
@Reaper_Jon suggested ^ this one.
@Crowley found this one ^ on tumblr
Suggested by @Sylverthorne; graphic ^ by @TGP; list by "eloveart" found on Reaper's Discord.
Ultimately found by @Sylverthorne the Adventurneer list from smalltownspells. [ @pcktlnt's usual list.]
Collected Hashtag List
#INKtober #DRAWlloween #Drawtober #DrawnToFantober #eletober #INKTOBER2020
#adventurneer #hauntober #follygon #sculptober #sculptober2020 #eloveartinktober
Some of us on the Forums participated in an event called Inktober. One of the Prompt Words was Dragon. So for the 12th of October I did a Dragon. I took Work in Progress pictures, so I thought it might be fun to post them in the WIP section. (Finally getting around to posting them three months on.)
I posted some free advice about using ink markers in the Inktober thread and I followed some of my own advice to draw this. Trying to figure out how to quote that post...but it is not allowing it for unknown reasons. (First save)
There it is ^ I had to save; do a second post; which merged with the first post; and then edit.
Right then, on with it, following my own advice...
Grab a mechanical pencil and outline the basic area where the Dragon is going to be. Mostly, this step is to make sure that the drawing doesn't run off the edge of the paper. But, there are a few key details like the eye location... the jaw...
There is no pic for this step. Sorry. It didn’t occur to me to do a step-by-step and the pencil lines were so faint because I used such a hard grade of lead it probably wouldn’t have shown up in the photo.