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Friday, March 23, 2012

It's Getting Better All The Time

Here we are in the new time slot. Let's get this show on the road shall we?

As you know I've finished painting my second miniature. This one's from Dark Sword Miniature's and it's of much higher quality and therefor more of a pleasure to paint.  I think this one turned out better than the first one.


The Dark Templar is posting a series of Painting Tutorials for Newbies (that would be me) and Kris has been teaching me all along the way and between the two of them, I think I've managed to get a few things right this time.  I think the tunic and the leggings turned out pretty well. There is more subtle shading present I used multiple thinner layers working from dark to light.

I took this picture a few minutes before posting and it's raining to beat all hell outside and it's dark inside, so the picture isn't as good as it should be. There are improvements in the face. I'll try to retake this shot over the weekend and post a close-up with my next blog.


There are still obvious problems with the cape. It's not subtle enough, but it's less sloppy than the first one, so it has improved.

Feel free to point out anything you think needs improving.

Now, because I've had requests, here are some flowers from my garden.

Just Breathe





And this tree, well this is where I'm going to spend tomorrow and with a bottle or two of Smirnoff's. Can anybody spot the song references in this blog?  No, that's because you're too young.

I haven't slept since Wednesday, so that's what I'm going to do right now. I'll be in later.

Time is short people, so have fun while you can.  Get out there and have a great weekend. I know I will.

69 comments:

  1. Congrats Anne – a definite improvement. Looks like it was a good model to paint.

    As you commented on my blog, the cloak highlights are a little harsh – the final colour is not bad it just needs a few more layers in between to build up to it. The leggings and tunic are getting there, maybe a final small highlight to finish them off.

    Great job, look forward to seeing the next one.
    Mike.

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  2. Thank you. I'll remember that about the cloak on the next one. I'm jumping to quick from medium to near light on the tips. I thought the leggings could use more highlight, but stopped because it was close enough on this one to be better than the last.

    I'm doing my Rabbit Hunter from Dark Sword next.

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  3. Well the miniature is looking pretty good but it seems like I'm not the best judge of that.

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    1. I've looked at thousands of them since I've been on blogger and I know this isn't anywhere near what the pro's do, but I do know enough to know there's improvement.

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  4. Looks good to me, but I really liked the last one too. So what do I know?..haha...better advice from the actual gamers out there. Like the third flower pic the best and I looked again, and got Just Breathe from pearl jam, right? But that is it. Hey, I got one at least.

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    1. Wrong!!! You're too young Pat and the reference is too vague. I'll let people scratch their heads a while. There's actually three. One is the title and it's from the Beatles. I thought that one was obvious.

      It's dead in here today. I feel like a kid who has the school all to herself and can smoke in the bathroom without getting caught.

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    2. You said in this blog, you never said in the title. Which is a beatles song, I know nit picky..haha...that is a pearl jam song though, at least according to lord google.

      Yeah I've noticed this past month or so blogger has been a little slower than usual, oh well still have you around and I'm not going anywhere.

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  5. The only flaw I see is that she's not wearing aviator sunglasses. But then again, I think everything/one needs aviator sunglasses.
    Your garden seems amazing. And the only song reference I caught was "Just Breathe" (Shania Twain?) and I don't think I missed them because I'm too young, but just because I'm terrible at that type of thing.

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    1. It's still pissing rain out, but I just took the dog for a whiz and more flowers have bloomed so tomorrow will be perfect. Nope, not Shania Twain and there's three of them.

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  6. I can definitely see the difference from the first mini to this one. One of the keys to all of this is brush control and you are developing that pretty quickly. Don't be afraid of going higher with your highlights, that's what makes the details pop. I would like to see better pics of the face to see if you are picking up the details there. But a definite improvement and its a matter of mastering the techniques and you can only do that with practise.

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    1. Thank you Kris. I want you to see the face because I did try to layer it like your tutorial and everything but they eyes worked. I need your opinion on the layering. I even got a hint of blush on her cheeks. When it stops raining I'll take another photo and email a close-up.

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  7. Love the photos of the model and of the flowers. Spring is chugging along and it's making me feel great. I like the new posting time if this time is it too.

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    1. I like this time slot too. Less stressful. Mornings are all about hustling out the starting gate. This feels like the old days when I did what I wanted, when I wanted. This feels like a lazy Saturday post, very few comments and I don't mind that.

      Spring is wonderful isn't it. And the days are getting longer. I count the minutes like you do.

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  8. You know it is true what they say, it is a small world but I sure wouldn't want to paint it.

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    1. You got a new avi!! I like it. Oh God, I can barely manage to paint one mini at a time. Never mind the world.

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  9. I'm jealous of your hang out spot! It looks so relaxing. So what kind of Smirnoff you drinking? Hmm? lol The Blueberry Lemonade ones are so yummy!!

    And your miniature looks great! I can't wait to see the rest of them. Have an amazing weekend :)

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    1. I love that spot, it's secluded and I don't have to see anyone when I'm there. I'm into the lime and cranberry Smirnoff's right now. I've got 2 six packs chilling and I'd like to have a bonfire sometime this weekend for the kids. We'll see.

      You have a good weekend to Jax!!

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  10. Great work Anne! I really like the detail on this one--the face, hair, and shield look very sharp.

    Those blueberry-looking flowers are neat. What are they?

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    1. Those are bluebells. I tried to get a macro shot from underneath that showed the bells themselves. This was as close as I could get under these light conditions and maintain focus.

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  11. I like those round blue flowers that look like berries. very fun.

    nice job on the mini. Can see improvements over the first.

    A couple suggestions. One is a common technique called 'black lining'. if you're using black primer, you can block the sections, like hand, sword hilt, arm armor, etc, and leave some of the primer as a line between the sections. Or, if paint covers it, you can go back with a thin brush and add a dark line of paint to break the parts into sections. When I do this I don't use black- I think it's too harsh, but an umber brown or very dark version of the color you're separating, can help.

    similarly, for eyes, instead of white directly on skin, it helps to paint an almond shape in a darker color first -again black is too harsh, but a brown works well, then paint the light eye color inside it, leaving an outline of the darker color. pure white is too bright, an off-white, ivory is better, then add iris.

    you might think such lines are too 'coloring book' looking, with black lines dividing areas of color- and it can be, but a toned down use of it can really help keep the mini clean create illusions of shadow.

    for music, caught the Beatles for the title, I've heard a 'just breathe' song, but not sure who it's by, but a 3rd? didn't notice.

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    1. I didn't think about closing in the spaces with dark lines. When I do paintings I do the opposite of mini's lay down light color then work to dark. This is hard to learn for me. I'll study my next piece and see how that might apply to it.

      I'm too vague with the references. I'm not going to tell, because I want to see if D4 can get it.

      Have fun in Vegas and don't get arrested!!

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  12. A very nice figure Anne, although your not too keen I think you did a great job on the cloak. Keep up the excellent work!!

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    1. yeah but he "cheats"....

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    2. The cloak looks clumsy still. I need more midtones before I get up to the highlight, but the next one will be better. It's the rabbit!!

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  13. That is really a very cool miniature.
    Chicks with swords.....ooh, I love it.

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    1. Chicks with swords and guns, their always the best. See these figure painters know where it's at.

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  14. I hope you're getting some zzzz's Madam Anne. Your mini is beautiful, again, your patience shines through. I love your secluded spot under the tree. I hope the rain goes away quickly so you can enjoy your drinks. I love your garden, mine is finally starting to sprout too! Happy weekend, Anne =)

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    1. It's raining again, so maybe later today. I went to sleep right after the last reply yesterday and just woke up. I slept over 12 hours!! I'm drinking today even if it rains all day!!

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  15. Anne - thats good to see good effort. A definite improvement well done. Try runnig a "wash" over the cloak - thin a little of your darkest colour used - probably 1 part paint to 3 parts thinner (water?) use large brush and wash it on - if pools too much in depths lift it with a dry brush and capillery action will take it onto the brush. let it dry and see what it looks like - you can repeat to get differnt levels of colour.. and you can always lighten the tops of the folds later again too if you wish.

    I love the blossom shot - reminds me of life in all of us :-)

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    1. Re the music ref er. the Hollies .... Air that I breathe?

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    2. I did use a final wash of the darkest color. There's a question I need to ask and it's about these darkest tones. The darkest colors seems to have a "metallic" element to them and they don't blend well with the mid to lighter colors.

      That's the song!! "All I need is the air that I breathe..." I'm glad I'm not the only person on here old enough to know that song!

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    3. One of my favourites - my dear old dad loved the Hollies,.

      Hmm not mixing - try just mixing your mid colour with your medium - (presumable water) then mix a little of your darker in. Another way is just to cover the cloak with clean water using a big brush and touching neat paint into the pooled water which you can then play with get a varying level of colour.

      Hmm i may need to do a blog entry on filters and washes - that might help ya..

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    4. I like the idea of using a pooled water to give me time to find the right amount to blend in while on the figure itself. Washes are giving me fits, I didn't use one on here because I can't control them properly. I had to strip the first mini completely and start over because I mishandled the washes. Frustrating.

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  16. I love the shading on her pants the best! I also like the shading on the cape! It makes her look like shes in a dark place with one light source that keeps things either bright or dark with little in between!

    also you ever thought of dressing up as one of the minis and swinging a sword around?

    Darn! I looked for a while to see if I could see the reference, but I guess I'm too young...

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    1. The pants are my favorite part too. They came out more like what I would do if I painted this on canvas.

      The Hubby would love it if I dressed up like one of the mini's

      Dave got one of the songs. It's a Hollies tune. There's one more and it's the Time is short reference. Think Pink Floyd.

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  17. You did a good job painting this little figure. My only suggestion is to be careful handling these figures if they're made of metal. Last I saw such things a lot of them were made with lead alloys.

    Hope the weekend goes well for you!

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    1. These are pewter and if there's lead in them as long as I don't ingest it, I'm okay. It would take a high concentration to do damage.

      It's raining, but I'm still going to tie one on!

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  18. ooh, 'tis such a perdy ladyknight :)
    And love the flowers, especially those bluebells or what are they called, in the 3rd one?
    Trees in bloom are always the loveliest site.
    I had a sour cherry tree in my old house and I had strangers coming in from the street just to admire it's blossoms in the early spring. So pretty. I love making tea from cherry stalks.

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    1. She is perdy isn't she? Those are bluebells or "fairy flowers" I'm the only one around here who has them. I've planted them all over the place. That's an ornamental peach tree.

      We don't have a long enough growing season here for cherries. There's so much wrong with this place and that's just one on a verrry long list.

      My tulips opened today!! I'm going to photograph them.

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  19. Great work Anne, it's a stunning job for only your second miniature.

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    1. There's still way too many flaws and while I'm happy with it, there's room for improvement. I'll either get it right or I'll die trying.

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  20. Those flowers are gorgeous. Love ya and miss ya, sis!

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    1. I haven't seen you in a blue age. I miss you too. I sent you an email and never got a response. I thought you'd forgotten me!!

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    2. Bloody hell, here I was with my feelings hurt thinking you didn't want to talk to me!! I'm glad you stopped by then. I'll pop off an email to you before I go to bed and we can catch up.

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  21. Anne, when you took that first step and painted your first mini, which I have looked at, and think it is a damned good effort for a beginner, did you enjoy the experience? If you did, then you are getting from your new hobby all that you need to carry on doing it. Practice makes perfect, and you will improve over time, that`s for sure, but enjoy, enjoy, enjoy what you are doing.
    ps Thank you for visiting my blog.

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    1. I loved doing it. It's work, but worth the time and effort to see improvement. You've got some fine pieces over there and I enjoyed the visit.

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  22. Great job on this mini, Anne. I can see a lot of improvement, and it's also true that it's easier to paint a good mini. I think that was very good advice about the blacklining. Perhaps you could add a little design to the shield, looks a little plain. But overall, your technique has improved immensely, especially with the highlights.

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement and I want to add something to the shield, I just don't know what or even how to paint that small with a magnifier. Highlights are better, need to work on the cloak though.

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  23. The title was obvious, Sgt. Pepper is one of their work.. I'm stumped. I thought Just Breathe might be a Pink Floyd reference but it can't be. "Just". I can't even spot a third, I'M TOO YOUNG! Haha

    And yeah, you've improved. I mean I can see it, I noticed the cape. I figured on the first picture maybe it was on purpose because of it being inside and maybe being darker? I dunno, but if you say it's off I'll have to take your word for it.

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    1. I knew you'd get the first one. The second is a Hollies song "All I need is the air that I breathe..." The last one is Time a Floyd reference.
      I'm feeling very melancholy these days.

      The first one was taken indoors. This is a huge Victorian home and hard to light properly so I took her outside. No the cape is still way off.

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  24. So, I love the miniature...it is way better than anything I could ever think of doing, but I have said a million and a half times that I am just not that skilled! And the flowers....I looooooooove the flowers, but none of the purpley ones are what I have blooming...I am going to have to hit google up I think. As for the song reference...I am with D4 with the Pink Floyd - actually, when I read "just breathe" that was immediately what I thought of (and before I read that you peppered some song references in there...) probably because I just got done listening to "Dark Side of the Moon" which I have to do at least a couple of times a week. At least. And you can keep on telling me how young I am all you like. I will take it.

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    1. Breathe is a Floyd song "Breathe, breathe in the air, don't be afraid to care..." Second song, first track from Dark Side of the Moon.

      I would have sworn those were either bluebells or hyacinths with the stalks and the tight buds. As long as they're pretty the name doesn't matter.

      Everyone on here is younger than me!!

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  25. You've made a great progress from your first mini to this figure. I like the painting style you use. Keep on painting!
    Regards
    Lonewolf

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    1. Thank you and I will. Next up is the rabbit!!

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  26. I think the miniature looks awesome.

    Regarding the song in the post (and based on a comment above), could it be Time by Pink Floyd?

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    1. It is a Floyd reference. Time from Dark Side of The Moon, 3rd track. Great song, we all fritter away too much time and miss what's important. We don't miss something until it's taken from us.

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  27. you have some beautiful blues in that garden...i hope while you are out there the verse bursts forth...smiles...


    the miniature is really cool...nice primary colors...i like the detail on the boot cuff and buckler....nicely done...

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    1. I'm glad someone noticed those!! I've got the first stanza on paper and am not forcing the rest. It will come when I least expect it. Then I'll post it.

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  28. The paint came out nice on the miniature

    I've been thinking of picking up the hobby of miniature planes and painting them

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  29. wahou!!!!!!!!!! just beautiful Anne! (the flowers I mean!)
    ...and it's only your 2nd mini!!!!!
    Your improvements are just impressive!
    (just one thing: for me, some colours are too glossy (red of the tunic..). but I'm accustomed with mat colours... so, don't care!)

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    1. You devil!!! When I saw the wahou!!! I thought you meant the mini. And thank you for the encouragement on the figure. I think I've shown myself that I do have the potential to do this if I keep at it. That's what I was hoping for.

      The shine is do to my putting a gloss finish on it. I could have used a matte finish, but went with the gloss instead. I'll play around with different ones as I go.

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    2. just a joke Anne! I love the flowers but the "wahou!" was for your mini!

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    3. I'll take that wahou and smile!!!

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    1. Ná bíodh do theanga faoi do chrios.
      I've a translator at the top of the page for those of you who can only speak in American Barfly. Póg mo thóin.

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  31. Looks cool... I wouldn't know where to start with painting. I manage to mess up painting a room let alone something that small.

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  32. WOW!!! Looks great, Anne! You're getting better and better! Stunning flower pics, too! Bet your garden is FULL of faeries! :)

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