I worked some Nightmare Black glazes over the armor and some Violet Red over the sword, putting metallics back in as needed. Then I did some basic skin tones loosely based on what I did with Lysette. Redstone Highlight, Rosy Shadow, Tanned Highlight and Fair Highlight.
I guess I should start thinking about some basing for her.
Got in a bit of paint time, finally! First I painted the boots with a saturated brown. Then I base coated the metals, forgot to do the brass in the first shot, woops. VMA Steel (and Gold, not shown heh). Apologies for the poor pics, as always metallics photograph poorly.
Then it was time for glazing it, I’m using mostly Nightshade. Nothing but lots of repetition, getting a feel for where the shadows are going.
Lots more work on the metals, don’t let ’em tell you nmm is more work! I’ll continue to glaze in basic shadows and then come back with the Steel again. Then back in to fix transitions with the shadows. And then some color glazes to finish things up.
Finished up the 1st pass of the pattern on Gwen’s damask cloak.
A little more of the pattern in, adding Light Blue for the highlighted areas (and a couple test highlights in the mids).
Had to stop after a half hour…hand cramping from choking up on the brush. New muscles to hone, yay.
My first thought was to do a gold fleur de lis pattern, but one of the few painted examples of Gwen has one, and I wanted to do something a bit different. A friend suggested doing a damask to really challenge my abilities and learn more, but as the original gold would’ve been way too busy, she suggested a tone-on-tone damask.
I then spent some time watching Jessica Rich’s and Marike Reimer’s DVDs on the subject of freehand and decided to go with Jessica’s somewhat chaotic ‘swirlies and dots’ style, as it suits the heavy folds the best, I think.
I did a quick test with a Bones mini, base coat, shadow, highlight; then a glaze of mid to fake it like I actually spent any time to get gradients. I used this to test colors, consistency and styles…not to mention sneaking in some practice swirly dotting before completely messing up Gwen!
I spent almost an hour and a half getting Gwen’s pattern started using two initial tones, True Blue in the darker areas and Sky Blue in the mids. Probably another couple hours getting the base patterns lain in, and then all the detail work starts. Whew! I see why not a lot of people bother with this technique, hah. Very time-intensive!
Later I get to do it all over again over the gold interior!
I agree with something Jess says on her DVD, it’s a very zen technique. Even though it takes a long time, it doesn’t feel like any time is passing, just getting lost in the technique. Very cool and I recommend trying it once your brush control is up to it (or be like me and use it to hone said control!).
Even quicker update, only had 45 minutes to paint this evening! Got the inner cape highlights pretty much where I want them, still a couple levels of shadow to smooth out yet.
Added a final layer of Light Blue as a highlight, but it went on super chalky, of course. I figured I’d go back over it in reverse to the mid-tone, but then I lost a bit of my upper end transition. Grr. I don’t think I’ll continue being too fussy with it, as I put in another hour to get almost no result…
Pics in the better setup this time so I could get a better look at things. Sometimes that’s not very fun, heh.
Roughing in some of the inner cloak shadows.