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  1. @The Baglearning how to finish a model is just as important as developing brush control and color knowledge. It's something that have worked on to the point I can't remember the last time I didn't finish a model out of over 1,000 I have painted in recent years. I would say that it's my best and most useful skill that I have and it kept me going over these last couple of months when I had to grind out several difficult commissions (I fucking swear some of my clients send me only the difficult models and paint the rest themselves or use a cheaper painter). It's also useful when I decide to paint a big bastard of a model with fancy nmm armour and have only a little bit of time each day to work on it. Progress can seem slow at first, but I know as long as I keep going and work through the process it'll be finished eventually.
  2. Looks great @Davros sock drawer One thing to consider is that contrast perception is non-linear and context sensitive; the more contrast you paint the less noticeable the individual layers become. I don't bother with blending until the end if at all as the perceived contrast at the beginning is exaggerated due to the lower overall contrast.
  3. All of the models are from infinity by corvus belli. Thanks. I did have the idea of getting a box of beakie marines and doing the legions with each one being in a different style but I made the mistake of getting civ 6 for the switch and don't have much time to paint stuff for myself.
  4. Hi guys, thought I would pop in and show you what I've been working on. The painting method I've been developing for the last six years is getting close to being fully realized and with that in mind I took time away from work and everything else to paint without the distractions of money and social media and all the rest. All that is left is to refine the method to tease out any unnecessary steps. What I am most satisfied with are the tools I've developed to think about painting. The common approach, at least from what I see on youtube, is to focus on the technology and process (use these paints, in this order with this method of application), but I don't have the brain for following instructions and it's more important for me to understand what I'm supposed to be doing. This was the hardest thing to work on as there's so little information available. But the result is I now have a way of thinking about painting independent of any actual method or type of paint. Combined with my own color system that is built around painting contrast rather than colors I have finally achieved my goal of my own painting system that I can use for any model, different levels of quality and even different styles.
  5. I recently had one of the top painters in the US ask if I wanted to do box art for a major company and my first response was fear and anxiety that I wasn't good enough, would fuck it up and whatever reputation I have would be ruined
  6. That's a really quality looking army @feltmonkeyI wish I had that level of army painting in me. I'd struggle to even assemble that many models let alone paint them. I noticed siege studios were promoting their ability to paint consistently over several years; I struggle to keep to a paint scheme from one day to the next I should work on my consistency, it really is the area where I weakest, but I don't have the time to dedicate to it. Even the army stuff I paint like infinity will often have a mix of characters and color schemes so it's more worthwhile having a flexible color system even if there's variation.
  7. I wouldn't worry too much about the colors or even your style looking right as by focusing on those things that you think make your model look good you can get away with the incidental details not being 100%. The way to develop a color sense is by trying different ideas and that will involve making mistakes or failures. What matters is that you accept these failures as part of the learning process. One of the difficulties with miniature painting is that we can get locked into how things should look and we never move on. I painted for 15 years without much improvement and even now I still feel like I'm unlearning all of those bad habits and ways of painting from back then. A book I would recommend given you painting style is Making Color Sing by Jeanne Dobie. It has some really interesting ideas about using neutral colors to create contrast. It might help you balance your color choices.
  8. @Davros sock drawerI've been thinking about how best to answer your question. The difficulty is that we all have our own ways of thinking about these things and what works in one context doesn't necessarily work in others. The way that I approach color is to not paint things directly but to set up color relations. I typically have one or two main colors that serve as a reference point for all of the other colors including choices for highlights and shades. In practice this means picking a lightest color, darkest color, most intense color, most yellow or red etc, and then filling in the rest. In your example, I would consider how the hair color fits in with the other colors on the model. You have a green, red and turquoise which stand out, then more subdued purple, browns, and ochers. Given that you already have a lot of colors on the model i would recommend mixing something from your existing palette instead of introducing something new. Then again that's my personal taste and method, I'm not very artisitic and prefer to work with more of a structure.
  9. I've not had a lot of hobby time this month with only a single model to add to my collection. I decided to keep things simple and practice my color gradients and whilst it's rough af the colors really pop.
  10. I thought I'd try something a little different with my display shots:
  11. Finished off more infinity for my army. Here's the army as it stands.
  12. HA, well it is still a bit heavy handed which was the point. It's fun to paint this way as it's very immediate and there's a lot of visual feedback. Within a couple of layers I already the basic shapes defined and have a general placement of light and shadow. Here's one from this week: And another closeup showing how I went from almost black to almost white in six layers.
  13. More models for me to not have time to paint! The new stuff corvus belli announced for infinity will be enough to keep me busy for a long time. I still have a bunch of the old morats to paint and now they're releasing a new, very cool looking range.
  14. It's all down to painting with high contrast. It's like drawing a face by starting with an outline and blocking in the main areas compared to gradually building light and shadow. Here are some other models I've painted this month. Don't know why I thought this color scheme was a good idea, but I'm almost finished with this army, just in time for the new releases
  15. Really like the colors on that one @And Here are a couple of quick models I painted over the weekend, trying to work through the bigchildcreative illutrative style. Keeping things simple at first to concentrate on light placement. With a bit more practice I'll add more of the fancy stuff, but I also like this rough and ready look. This face took five layers of paint in fifteen minutes:
  16. Thanks. The amount of detail on these models is somewhat overwhelming and getting these done was more about finding the motivation to sit down and paint. I've switched my hobby time to after work instead of before and whilst I get more work done this way most evening's I've been choosing playing on the switch over painting. I'm working on my infinity collection this month so lots of edge highlighting still but at least they're troop models.
  17. Looking good @JoeK It's been slow going for me too. Just the four models for February:
  18. Here's a fun collection of chibi models that I painted for money. These were the first 3d printed models that I've painted and I must say I was impressed with the quality. The surface was very smooth, details sharp and only a little cleanup was required. There are individual models on my website if you want to see such things https://opponenttheory.com/blog/2022/2/25/camp-grizzly-commission
  19. At this point there really is no best paint other than what suits your purpose. One of my biggest hobby mistakes was switching from Army painter to scale color thinking I needed to use "proper" paints. Looking back I wasted a lot of time adapting my method to fit the scale color paints, never mind the purchase cost. For all of the effort, practice and paints I've bought since then I still basically charge the same as what I did back when I was painting with army painter. Consistency is an overlooked component of miniature painting.
  20. That's amazing @JoeKa real showcase piece to lead your army!
  21. One of the many things I've picked from from the incredibly talented Spanish lot is to vary the contrast across the different elements. I've developed a simple system for controlling the amount of contrast over an area and it takes away the uncertainty I used to have and is so far proving to be very effective. I haven't decided on next month's project. It was originally going to be continuing with my infinity army, but after seeing the painted models for the marvel zombicide game I really want to try out that bigchildcreative painting style. It's a classic illustrative method for lighting and to see it done on a miniature is incredible. Whilst I don't have their level of skill I think I do a decent job of it and am tempted to pick up the 2nd ed zombicide to have lots of models to practice on.
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