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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Warrior in Green and a Thank You

I'd like to begin by saying Thank You to everyone who stopped by and commented on my post yesterday. That first post back with a figure was an important one for me and I am touched that you took the time to welcome me back and to encourage me to continue to paint. As a painter, a sense of shared community has come to mean a great deal to me.

Today I have another figure for my story "The Wyrm of Connemara". His name is Dez for my friend at The Hollywood Spy and his role in the story is Top Secret. I will reveal this much, he's on the Irish side of things.

He's from Dark Sword, is 32mm scale and was sculpted by Jeff Grace.




I remember my initial frustration with painting the folds on cloaks. The struggle to find the mid-point between the low points and the high points was a difficult thing for me.  I think I have finally achieved something I can be pleased with on this cloak.

I also tried to improve my freehand skills by painting a pattern on the hem. While not perfect, it is more complex than the last scrollwork I did.

Finally, this figure has a twin. I have painted this figure twice, one as you see here all light and bright and another, darker version.  I'll get around to posting his twin sometime in the future and will post them side-by-side.

Well folks it's Tuesday and in Bloggerland, that means a slow and quiet day. So kick back and enjoy the day. I know I will.


115 comments:

  1. What a beautiful looking figure, lovely detailing on the coat.

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  2. your painting is simply wonderfull my dear friend, i'm enchanted!

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    1. Thank you so much Michele. Coming from the lips of a master, those words mean a great deal to me.

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  3. That's absolutely fantastic work Anne. Sorry I missed your post yesterday - will go and take a look now :)

    ps - good to have you back hun :) x

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    1. That's okay Tamisin. It's been so long since I posted a figure that I didn't expect that many people would show up. I'm not in the least offended. And it's good to be back !

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  4. This is wondeerful. Great work, Anne, indeed!

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  5. Dezzie is BAD-ASS! Looks amazing Anne!!! Keep them coming! xx

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    1. I'm goodass, not badass, Mel :PPP

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    2. I meant that in the kindest possible way!! :)

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    3. Thank you Mel. I've got your figure scheduled to post next week. I still don't have the perfect pic of her yet. The lighting in this house is horrid.

      Dez you are fabulous as always :P

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    4. I love it when thou speaks the truth, Annzie :PP

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    5. You is fabulous darling :P

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  6. Very fun, I like the flower vine :)
    Always fear an elf with an axe- that's an unpredictable fellow!

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    1. This one is the nice one, his dark twin on the other hand....

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  7. I really like the cloak...an the rest of the miniature ;-)

    Good work Anne! :-)

    Marzio.

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    1. Thank you! I want to win that drawing you know!!!

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    2. The Supreme Dice will decide... :-):-);-)

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    3. I have the luck of the Irish, which means only bad luck comes my way. I'm dooooomed!

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  8. What a cracking bit of painting Anne, I love the freehand work. You are just getting better and better!

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    1. Thank you Michael. I'll be starting work on your figure be the end of the week. Lord Ray is on the painting table right now.

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    2. Well, if ray is on the table now and Michael is going to be started soon, that means I can't be far behind :)

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    3. I'm just now getting started on fiures for that part of the story. I've got one done and it'll post on Thursday. You and Michael come into the story at the same time, so you'll be close on his heels!

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  9. E well congratulations Anne is a masterpiece that you made the, beautiful colors, beautiful painting, a work perfect ! Felicitation

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    1. Thank you Vincent. Maybe one day I can create a masterpiece that is as good as one of yours. That time has not come yet my friend!


      Slainte!

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  10. Looking good there Anne - you have made great progress

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  11. Hola
    MUY buena figura,me gusta el juego de luces de la armadura y como queda con la capa roja,un frio con el caliente,y bueno decir que los dibujos son muy buenos,cada dia te superas.
    UN SALUDO

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    1. Gracias

      Sus palabras son un poco mi amigo.

      Slainte!

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  12. Totally awesome painting Anne. The cloak beautiful! Very very well done.

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    1. Thank you Rodger. Cloaks were my biggest weakness in the beginning. I'm finally getting the hang of it!

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  13. I love what you've done Anne and definitely think that you've became very proficient in this. It's not the easiest thing to do because you need skill and expertise to paint the tinier bits so it's great to see you doing so well.

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    1. You should look at some of the work from these guys that comment on this page. Jesus, they're amazing and they really push me to try to get better. One day I will be worthy enough to stand my work next to theirs. But not yet!

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  14. Yeah but it's a cloak. Cloaks are awesome and should be still around. I think you did a pretty good job with that pattern too. It's nice to see you thank people too for something I would consider a pretty normal thing. I'm kinda tempted to just disappear for a while but that would be just a social experiment and unfair on everyone. Plus I'd get bored.

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    1. I wish cloaks would come back in fashion too Mark. I'd love to have one, or two or three!

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  15. I was looking at the pics, scrolling down one at a time. I was thinking how well you have improved and that the shading on the cloak was great then I came to the rear view and literly spoke out aloud to myself "oh my goodness" is what I said and I never ay stuff like that LOL! Your free hand work is most excellent, no one would guess how short a time you have been painting figures.

    Oh the shading on the trouse was very god as well. I need to go put my hat on so I can take it off for you.

    I will shut up now LOL

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian!! I'm trying so hard to get better at this and it's so nice when people notice little things like the trousers. I've finally started buying colors in triads and that's helping me get the shading right. I need to learn how to paint rust and I need to learn it soon. You wargamers are experts at rust and weathering. That's next on my list of skills to acquire.

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    2. I'm not so good at rust, I would say using a brown/red ink wash (possibly watered down??) would be a good place to start and layer it on to build depth.

      Regards shading, nothing is wrong with using one base colour and adding white and black (or very dark grey) to amount require. By using succesive lighter or darker shades (adding more white or black) you can build a good shaded level. Go back to y 54mm Naps figure I did in July/September for results on that effect.

      The trousers kind of shouted out a good eye for shading so you are already there. You possibly need to relax into it some more and accept you have the skills and it will be easier and continue to improve.

      I'm all for buying more paints but make sure all of them are easy to see so you use your full range and not forge the ones at the back

      Ian

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    3. I've got a goblin and some chunky dwarves that are going to need some rust to make them look like they've seen some hard use. I know there are quick and simple ways to do it. I can try adding a touch of a rusty red I have to some brown wash and see how that works. I need to buy some shields to practice things like this on so I don't have to strip paint from my figures everytime I try something new.

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  16. Two days in a row, one a roll at your show. And pfft being all nice and thankful to, did you have some bad brew? haha Wow, amazing job indeed, although with him being all peace loving and such, I take it the axe is just for chopping wood haha

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    1. Jesus Cat, I missed replying to a you. Feck, I didn't mean it, really I didn't. Now it would have been cool if I'd meant to, but I didn't.

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    2. haha I can forgive your for your miss for you were too caught up staring at the godly cat figure who caused you bliss.

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  17. That's pretty damn good! I'm amazed at how you continue to get better with each figure!

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  18. Wow, there's a lot of detail on that guy. Your skills are growing. Great job.

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  19. Very good paint job. The cloak is amazing

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  20. That's just exactly how I always imagined Dezz would look in real life. Beautiful long flowing blonde locks of hair and a beautiful red cape too.

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    1. yep, Debs, that is exactly how I really look like minus the wavy hair, and the muscly body and tall height and regal appearance LOL :) But I do tend to wear a long nice red cape when I take cookies to my grandma who lives in the woods :)

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    2. He really should bring us cookies as well Deb.

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  21. Simply Beautiful Anne. The freehand on the cloak is really good.

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  22. I love the cape, dahling, the colour is very rich. I usually never wear red, but this one is a lovely shade and you did it lovely. I know how much love you put in it and how much you enjoyed painting the figure.

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    1. I know darling and I tried to make the cape a lovely soft cream/white for you, but I botched it. I had to put him in paint stripper and start all over again. White is so terribly difficult to paint. I hope you like him, truly I do.

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    2. you was stripping me? That is so very naughty of you :P
      You will paint me white one day and it will be your master-piece, the best white figure ever painted :)
      You can do his dark twin in midnight blue, since I wear it a lot, green, midnight blue and violet are my signature colours :)

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  23. Wowsers...absolutely stunning... Fantastic work, Anne. You've done Dezzie proud. I feel you've captured his essence beautifully...

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    1. Dez is our darling isn't he? He treats us all so well at his place we can't help but love him. I really tried to do justice to his spirit and I hope I succeeded.

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    2. darling, that's our dear Deirdre who owns David Oakes, Borgias and World Without End fan pages :)

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  24. Excellent paint-work, Anne. This figure demands the painter be very observant of all of it's finely detailed-fiddly-bits, and then, to have a sharp eye and a steady hand to keep the opposing color-edges sharp and clean. And you did just that! Again, well done!

    Also, the hem embroidery is remarkable. IMO, a poll of how many figure painters paint this "extra" on to their subject would show that not many attempt it. Excellent!!

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    1. Dark Sword mini's are very detailed and they take a lot of time to paint. But you know I'm glad I learned how to paint on these kinds of figures. The beauty of the sculpt itself inspires me to live up to what the sculptor himself put into the piece.


      I love doing the extra. There's a female figure that I hope to do some very, very detailed freehand work on. It will take many tries and I'll strip the paint as many times as I have to in order to get what I want. She's to be a benchmark piece and a surprise for a friend.

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  25. I love they mystery of the character, Anne (and how he came from Dark Sword!).

    The detail on the freehand is simply outstanding. You've outdone yourself yet again. Each figure gets better and better, Anne. I hope you are proud of yourself - you've earned it!

    Dezzy, this is so "you"!

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    1. I'm so very glad you stopped in Elsie. It lets me know you and your family are still doing okay. I've seen a lot of pictures over the last 24 hours and they are frightening. There was a shot of sharks swimming in the street of Jersey. Please stay indoors!!!

      Our Dez looks wonderful and he'll look even better in the story with your figure and my figure. We'll be gorgeous!

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    2. Yep, Elsie, stay indoors lest a dead crocodile lands on your head in the middle of the street...

      I hope I'm not axing anyone in the story, Annzie, I couldn't possibly survive that... I couldn't ....

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    3. No darling, you most definitely are not a killer in this story. You harm no one at all. You are "the price" for my return. Elsie demands it and she gets it.

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    4. oooh, I like being a price :)

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  26. Hey, that's a great job! The trim is great, but I love the color on the armor the best, especially that orange bit in the middle.
    Awesome!

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  27. He looks awesome and handsome like our Dez Anne. And christmassy too. All those red,green..he is one of a kind hero.

    About me not able to get to comments, I dont have explanation but excuse -yes more like dog ate my homework - my laptop is a goner, waiting for black friday to buy a new one. And ipad 4 doesnt allow me to use reply button properly - ie I cant edit if I need to correct and desktops - I dont know what I did, I cant use reply button with any browser not just IE, firefox.

    I read your replies and comments but just not finding right tool to respond and recent hiccup with life a single mom kinda fuels the fire too.

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    1. Our Dez is lovely isn't he? As in life so goes in art.

      I know your life has been difficult lately and now to have another thing happen. Please know that I really, really appreciate it when you are able to stop by and see me. It was great to see you put up a post the other day!

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  28. Dez as red riding hood - Dez why dont you prance around Chicago, I am not that hungry wolf, but would love to see you and taste cookies.

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    1. Dez and I will do a riverdance one day!

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    2. will do, Meandmy... as soon as I take some cookies to my grandma in the woods :) I'm carrying my axe with me to chop some shrooms for the cream soup :)
      Oooh, Annzie, there's the idea - I have that axe to chop some of those lovely shrooms of yours for some delish stew :))

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    3. Yes, yes yes. The Spawn would love that as well as she's a fanatic about mushrooms. We hunt morel mushrooms here and dip them in flour, salt and pepper and then fry them up. nom nom nom.

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    4. ooh, nom nom nom... you know what people in my country say - ALL SHROOMS ARE EDIBLE, BUT SOME OF THEM ONLY ONCE :)

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    5. Hahahaha-so true. I like to fix Portobellos with ricotta cheese, parsley and cilantro. Smother with butter, then broil. uuuuummm nummmy.

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  29. Great work on the coat and on the colours! A really nice figure!

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  30. Overall that's some really super work Anne. The cloak, in particular, is just stunning and I love the freehand work on the cloak. It could have been a more manly pattern though! You have really come along way, especially with your brush control.

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    1. The dark twin will have something more deadly on his cloak I think. If I could freehand a dragon, I'd do it.

      There's some really advanced techniques that I need to get a handle on yet as there's a particular figure that I want to paint. She's a gorgeous sculpt by Tom Meier and I want to knock that one out of the park. It will take me months to get her right, but I have to try!

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    2. This is her Kris

      http://www.darkswordminiatures.com/mainwebsite_html/gallery/GRRMline_Cersei.htm

      If I can get her right, I'll know I'm a painter.

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  31. Is this something like "Dr Jekill and Mr Hyde"? This is the Dr Jekill side of Dez and the darker one the Mr hyde! :-D

    The free hand panted cloak is awesome, as is the whole figure!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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    1. In life Dez is a sweet and peaceful man so is his character in the story. The sculpt can be interpreted in more than one way and I think doing him deadly and dark is a nice lesson in how that can be.

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    2. Deadly? Oh, I thought the dark one will be more of a naughty one than a nasty one :)))

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  32. Nice work Anne. I really like the freehand. It's the little things like that which really bring out the character of a mini.

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    1. Thank you. I'm hoping to get better at my freehand work.

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  33. very cool...love the pose of the figure...and your use of color in this one is really cool...the red cape makes a nice contrast as well....very well done...

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  34. Come on Anne, be honest. You've been doing this for years. The painting I mean.
    You have done a fine job on him (and to his twin I am sure)! :)

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    1. No dear Thanos, I have not. I followed a bunch of gamers for almost a year and fell in love with what they were doing and decided I had to try it. I did however, build model planes when I was a little girl. I did the Sopwith Camel when I was knee-high to a grasshopper!

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  35. great work anne :-) nice to see the light side for once with this infection and all can't wait to see his dark side haloween and all. muahahahaha

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    1. Thank you Gowan. Halloween scares me to bits. I stay inside all night and hide from the spirits that stalk the night and seek the souls of the living!

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  36. Very nice work Anne, I like the cloak hem detail.

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  37. Superb detail Anne, really well painted

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    1. I know it needs improvement, but if I don't start somewhere, I'll never get anywhere.

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  39. Way, that scroll is really impressive compared to some of the other stuff I've seen you do. And Ihope this isn't offensive, but I find this dude to look like a ultra-super-mega Link, like from Zelda. I got pumped just looking at it.

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    1. He's uber cool isn't he and his dark twin is pretty badass too. Completely different take on the character of the sculpt. Thank you D4

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  40. It's obvious that you've put a lot of love and effort into the cape. It's probably my favorite part of the figurine.

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    1. Thank you DWei. I did put a lot of love into this one as the person that I painted him for is very much like my own son. The cape was a pleasure to paint.

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  41. That's a great looking figure Anne, your best yet!!! Love the free hand work on the back of the cloak, top quality!!

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    1. Thank you Ray!! I appreciate your comment here today more than you'll ever know, you are truly a friend.

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  42. Your figure painting just keeps getting better and better.
    So wonderful to have you back on my reading list. I missed you

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  43. You're getting better and better Anne, your work is beautiful and passionately painted and better than I could do my cailin.

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  44. Dezz has a mighty heart and how fitting that you named your warrior after him. What a gorgeous sculpture.

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    1. He is our darling, ever there with a smile and a shoulder to lean on.

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  45. That is amazing free hand scroll work on the cloth, something that I cant master, so be very proud with yourself on this figure. That colours and palette work so well. Top Draw

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  46. Very nice Anne! I really like the red.

    Christopher

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  47. the hem is a brilliant detail to the cloak, makes it your own!

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