Well, it's been a while since I've updated this blog. I haven't had as much time to paint as I'd like and, when I had the time, it seemed like I wasn't making enough progress on anything to make it worth posting. I think I've been in a painting funk for a bit. Got a bunch of projects, but some just aren't inspiring me at the moment and others seem stuck, where I might know what I want to do but just can't quite figure out how to do it. I spent some time thinking, trying to figure my way out of the funk. I came to the conclusion that the best thing was to just start a new project. Something without any big plans or complicated ideas, just something I could have fun with and recharge my painting mojo.
I settled on a 75mm Napoleonic figure from Pegaso. Historicals are comfortable for me and I love the colors and details on Napoleonic pieces. This won't exactly be an 'easy' figure. The colors are primarily white, red, and metallic gold lace. But looking ahead, I don't see a part of the project where I anticipate getting stuck if that makes sense.
I built and primed him on Saturday. Got about an hour of painting in that night to do the base coating and initial shadow sketch. Then had another couple hours on Sunday while the little on napped to try and finish the face. Also on my mind is my upcoming workshops at Adepticon. I'll be teaching a two sessions of a class on faces and skin. So while I was working on this figure, I took pictures are each step along the way. I'm planning to put together a handout for the class to supplement my demo and lecture. So I expect I'll use this figure as part of that write up. Anyway, here s how he began (basecoat only) and how the face wound up.
Something I've discussed in tutorials and will include in the class is the use of glazes to finish the work on faces and skin. It's a subtle step, yet I think it really helps capture a more realistic look. So I like to show these side by sides. On the left, the face after all of the shading/highlighting. It looks fine, but compare it with the image on the right (after glazes) and I think you'll agree the right looks much more life-like.