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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Project Secret Buddha!

The secret project from a few days ago can now be revealed! And it is a Buddha! But not any Buddha, but a Canary Island, Tourist trinket Buddha that I picked up while on vacation a few weeks ago.

The "miniature", if we can call it that, is made out of a really cheap material that chips off if you try to correct some of the issues or roughness on it. Was sad about that, so hence the a bit further back photos instead of the extreme close ups as normal :)

It was originally just primed a "skin tone" and a pink cloth. Nothing fancy, and horribly done. But I really liked the sculpt, and it was only 2 euros, so figured why not.

This is my interpretation of the model though, what do you think?

I really played around with the skin tone here. Making it a bit more purple/pink coloring than some of my normal skin tones. I did try to highlight up to white, but again I think I could go further though I chickened out in the end to go too extreme with it. Plus it was meant to be a fun piece and I did have a lot of fun painting it up! More so since my time for painting this week was very limited so it was nice to focus on a single model instead of batch painting.

The cloth I went for a blue to off set the pink/purple skin. I think it came out nice, and I tied it back in with the pink cherry blossoms on the robe.

All in all a fun little piece that where the model was not super rough, like the top of his head, I could get a really smooth finish going for it. Something I hope to do more of in the future on other models. And yes the airbrush was used for the skin but only to get a base and highlight done. The rest was with controlled washes and my size 1 W&N brush.

More photos below, including his new spot on my desk at work here..






Hope you enjoy it. Would love to hear your comments on it. And hopefully he brings me some good luck for the new year!

13 comments:

  1. I have a Buddha made from Jade lying around but would never think of painting him :)
    The pictures are a bit too dark to really see how the paintjob works, on the last (the daylight) picture it looks really cool! Seems to have a nice soft blending of the skin tone.

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    1. Thanks Paradox0n.. I also have some more Buddhas around the house in different mediums that I would not dare paint up. But this was a 2 euro trinket so it was OK :)

      I also uploaded it to Putty&Paint - http://www.puttyandpaint.com/projects/2122 with some better lit photos.. let me know if they are better and I will put them here too.

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    2. They seem a bit better. P&P always gives me headache. So much win at so small a place ^^

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  2. Yeah!The color combination looks very nice. Your decision to paint the skin more purple was a good one. I like it very well :) You shuold paint mre things like that ;)

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    1. Thanks Siggi! I was unsure of the colors until they began to get put together! I would like to work on more of these type of things, so will have to keep an eye out for more trinkets that can be put to brush then :) Cheers!

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  3. Great work on this Mr Lee , beautiful .
    Greetings
    Vincent

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    1. Thanks Capt! It was a lot of fun, I can be sure to say that!

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  4. Buddha seems very happy with his paint work, beautiful silk robe, and fermented beverage in the jar. A very enjoyable piece of work to view.

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    1. Cheers Jay! I hope he enjoys his new desk facing me and the windows are work! Much sunshine for him to bask in, so that jar had best be full!

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  5. This is a great piece, and I am sure the very best it has or will ever be painted

    Ian

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    1. Indeed Ian. I think he is a much happier little buddha because of his new colors.. or at least I hope so!

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  6. Very nice, great job on the skin :)

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    1. Thanks LF. Hopefully you will see a rise in my painting since you were here last :) Have been working on improving it quite a bit as of late!

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