The biggest improvement I made was in the highlighting. I was able to be more subtle because I used multiple layers of graduated color until I hit the points that I wanted highlighted. I did the boots so that they would look dusty and worn and got what I think are effective highlights done. The cloak, my biggest bugaboo is also much better, more subtle due to finding mid-range colors between the base coat and the highest points. This is also a pretty good shot of the face.
The shading on the tunic is better than the last one and while not perfect is pretty good considering that this is only the third figure I've ever painted. You can also see that there are graduated colors and shading on the face. I also gave her blush and lipstick (shut-up, I'm a girl).
On the last miniature you all requested a close-up of the face. The highlighting I did is visible in this shot as are the eyes. I didn't use any washes, but hand painted in the detail on the eyes, using a dark blue.
So all in all, for my third figure, I'm quite proud of her. Now it's up to you to tell me what I can do better next time.
Most of the people that follow this blog do not follow gaming or painting blogs, and are missing out on some fantastic art and some very interesting people. I've been following The Laughing Ferret for a long time and it's not just because he's a top-notch painter. This guy has a razor sharp wit and is freakishly intelligent. If there's a topic he's not well-versed in, I haven't found it yet. He's participating in the A-Z challenge and this would be a good time to get to know who this guy is.
You can find all the gamers and painters that I follow in my blogroll. They are all gifted and knowledgeable about the historical era that they work in. Take a minute and visit a few of them so you can appreciate the level of skill involved in painting figures.
And we all know a blogger's cache is largely dependent on numbers. If you think your blog is getting good numbers cruise around and see the business these guys are doing. They can do more pageviews in a day than most of us do in a week. This is a vibrant and robust segment of the blogosphere and they are supportive of each others work.
I need help with something. I've got a fully armored knight to paint and I'm looking for a good tutorial on how to paint armor. If any of you know of one, please let me know as I'd appreciate it.
I'll be in and out for the rest of the day because it's nice outside and after painting this figure, I'm going to need to beat my drums into submission.