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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

BAM... and then SUPER BAM! Part 3..


Continuing on with yesterday's article.. we follow along with the rest of the face. Eyes, mouth, and then the leather bracelet.

So the eyes were the next real section to tackle here though. Thankfully when we began to work on it, Raffa was just sitting down to do a quick tutorial on it with the rest of the class. I was lucky enough to catch parts of it and some shots of him giving examples to the class.


Using his own eye as an example and trying to get people to understand how much white is required around the eyes for different type of moods. This one above being more of a passive, or asleep mood.. and the one at the one below being more for an active and startled look.


That or a lusting look while staring over at Roman.. it was in German this explanation so take which ever reason you wish.. both could be true :)

For mine though, since we had more space to play with, we again tried a few different things with it. First though was to get a proper reference shot.. so I adopted a move from the pop starlets of America and took a selfsie? Selfie? A shot of myself with my camera..


Apparently I was doing it wrong as Raffa photobombed me in my own Selfie.. selfsie.. whatever it is called..


Creepy man in woods clothing shot of Raffa.. focus was on the eye.. but I had nightmares that night due to this photo..

Anyways.. it was from here that we looked at how to make the eyes really come together.. and I had Raffa's eye on my cell phone on the desk as reference throughout the process.


Creepy? Yes. Helpful? Definitely!

I used it to get a better understand of the light and shadows on the eye. And to also work some redness into the corners ( we were all running on minimum sleep at this point so red, tired eyes were everywhere! Where is the ClearEyes guy, Ben Stein, when you need him eh? ). So I could make some really creepy, angry, psycho eyes for this Dwarf Slayer bust.

Lots of attention was put to the curvature of the iris, and how actually it is not outwards bending so much as inwards? Crazy theory stuff followed here that not all has sunk in.


You can see the pre-work in this photo above. Where I tried to get the circles as circular as possible. Adding more and more red to the edges, etc as needed to get them to look as real as I could.

They were then glossed over a few times to give them the glassy look. Personally I think they are creepy as all hell.. it is why this photos is now my cell background photo.. scares those that open it when I am not looking :)

Area also tackled here was the mouth. Where the tongue was much easier than I thought it would be, but again just a base, a quick highlight, and then lots of gloss varnishes afterwards!

And this is as far as I was able to get before I was literally exhausted from painting this beast of a bust. Exhausted from the learning through those boys at Massive Voodoo, Exhausted from painting so much over an 11 day period to such a high level, Exhausted from actually just holding this bust for long periods of time when needed.

What is next though? Well first and obvious, finish this beast of a bust. Why? Easy answer there also.. UDock, the company that created and produces this bust, has offered me an interesting deal! They like the paint job so much so far, that they have asked me to paint some of their other works! So I will receive more UDock busts and items in the future. So expect there to be a lot more of these projects coming in the future, and hopefully we see another level of evolution of my painting skills with each of the busts. But one thing is for sure with this.. I have been bitten by the bug to paint bigger and more details pieces! Almost crazed about it now! So let's see if this begins to be the turning point for Mr Lee here in what kind of pieces I paint up, and learn from!

In the meantime.. enjoy.. more posts from the workshop to come.. but in different aspects.. hope you all enjoy!

26 comments:

  1. Hola
    Madre mía que pasada de ojo
    Magnifico
    UN SALUDO

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  2. Nice :) yeah, he's looking like a wild man, or dwarf :)

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  3. Very interesting point. I'll have to try to remember it.

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    1. Thanks for this mate. Some good stuff there... I hope :)

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  4. Very nice painting on that berserker dwarf. Thanks for the eye-tutorial :)

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    1. No problem mate.. glad that you liked it.

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  5. Wow very cool for getting a chance of paintjobs for a company. That is so cool! And just another step on your trail on becoming a well known pro-painter :D

    So awesome to follow the process from mass painting to such great paintjobs on busts. And really this time there is again a HUGE improvement. I know much of the stuff you talk about in theory (but can't apply it on a miniature) and seeing this CLICK aftereffect on the bust is cool. The skintone is less chalky and more natural know (even if i don't like the red nose of the poor berserker :) ).

    Being curious which turns your journey will bring in the future and surely will ride along!

    Cheers!

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    1. Thanks Paradox0n! I slipped that news into the article, to see how many caught it or just checked out the photos ;) Expect more news on that once I see more materialize, but still great things just from that alone!

      And thanks again also for the compliment and also being on the journey here on Mr. Lee's painting adventures ( new blog title perhaps? ) as I have moved from mass produced army painting to higher end painting on busts and other pieces. Many clicks have occurred recently, and I suspect more to come with it in time.

      And yes.. what the future brings is very exciting now :) Let us see it..

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  6. Really nice work. I have a few large scale kits i want to work on. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. I have stayed away from them in the past due to the work involved, but I think I am turning over a new leaf and looking to dive into them more seriously in the future! Let's see how it goes! Always glad to inspire!

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  7. That is an amazing piece - the eyes are very realistic! Best, Dean

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    1. Cheers Dean.. lots of work put into them.. am thankful for the advice from Raffa and Roman on them.

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  8. Fantastic work on the bust! It's truly a source of inspiration. I will follow you blog with intrest. And congratulation to your joboffer. That's amazing and your painting also!

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    1. Thanks Denniz! Glad that it inspires but to get really inspired join a class from Massive Voodoo.. they will blow your mind! Thanks for the compliments.

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  9. That is nothing short of amazing!

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  10. Fantastic work. Simply fantastic. I now expect all of your future paintings to be at the same level or higher. No pressure then. ;) Again nice work!

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    1. Yup... no pressure whatsoever there.. nope.. none... nada..

      Thanks for the compliment. And believe me I would love if all my personal projects came out this good or better! Something to aim for indeed!

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  11. It's such an obvious thing to do to learn isn't it? Yet I've never thought of it.

    Your dwarf is brilliant and those eyes, those eyes.......

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    1. Thanks Anne... and yes.. the eyes... the focal point of the bust.. and honestly as my wife says it.. a little bit of me when I came home from the workshop were in those eyes :) Glad you like :)

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