Thursday, January 31, 2008

Painting painting painting

I've been enjoying painting lately. I've painted a couple of Bartimaeus resins (one dapple grey, one chestnut with hair--which still needs a bit of work, turns out the reason there aren't many haired minis is because they're hard to do), and the first painted Abel resin.

The Bartimaeus resin came out really well, I think--the dapple grey one at left. I'm very pleased with him. He will be for sale; I'm not sure if I should do eBay or private offers or what. With eBay's changes to pricing and feedback structures I'm not sure I'm interested in selling as much there as before.

I also am working on an Abel to buckskin. I'm delighted with how this guy is coming out as well. He's done in a combination of media--acrylics as a base, then powder pigments followed by colored pencils and more powder pigments. I was excited to try this color, because I saw a gorgeous (real) horse in this color that I had taken several photographs of. I think that my rendition of it came out pretty close to how the real horse looked.

The powder pigments are interesting. I had to add a lot of black and white (grey) to my mixes to keep the color from being far too intense for the softness of a buckskin. This is opposite to my experience with normal pastels, which tend to have very soft colors, not intense at all. I like it--better too intense and needing to be toned down than not intense enough!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Working hard!

I haven't dropped off the face of the earth, I've just been working hard! Lately I've been doing much more painting and less sculpting, mostly because I have two horses that I am waiting to receive back from the caster's. I'm expecting to get the first batch of Abels in today--I'm really looking forward to that!

In the meantime, I've painted a Bartimaeus to dapple grey--I'm very happy with him-- finished repairing/improving the yawning PS Draft CM, and I'm working on a haired chestnut Bartimaeus. This is only my second (third if you count how I had to hair the Drafter twice due to the repairs) time hairing, and I'm not sure how well it's going to work in SM scale, but I want to give it a try! I have some nice fine hair, so hopefully it'll work!

I'm also finishing up a CM Salinero to a super-complex fleabitten grey--he's resculpted as well, to an Andalusian stallion, in a bullfighting pose that I based on a photo I took of a polo pony. I was going to make him into a polo pony, but Salinero's body type is just too far away from that.