This I did about a few days ago. I made the stupid mistake of using a black paper for a snow scene. lolz. Nothing fancy... I did this doodle in less than 30 minutes. lolz.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
by Jean-Louis Morelle
Published by New Holland Publishers
Perhaps it's their school curriculum or the land itself that breeds painters. For whatever reason France just seems to give birth to good if not great painters. This is perhaps the 2nd book I found that gives great instruction on the subject of watercolor.
I've only just begun to read it myself and I can't help but recommend it to watercolor enthusiasts. It starts off with a precious topic that most art books tend to overlook. An in-depth instruction and explanation of color theory in pigments and light waves. Which then proceeds to color mixing. Don't know much about water color papers? The author sites examples of them and even gives the properties of some. Two of the papers present in this book can be found in National Bookstore Outlets (I'm a Filipino and this is our ... well... national bookstore. :P). One is made by Montval and the other by Arches (140 Php? will post weight later). The middle of the book deals with detailed techniques in both wet and dry methods.
The most interesting part and perhaps the one that I liked best would have to be the step-by-step pages where the artists (this part of the book seems to be a collaborative work) show their works and then a step-by-step, complete with commentary on how they did it.
This is a very helpful book on watercolor but like all things in the art of painting... the only way you truly learn and improve is thru practice.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
In all his glorious unpaintedness :P. I've always liked this model. With the exception of the tip of his lance which isn't very convincing and neither is it impressive. The very curve of the tip suggest that the strain upon impact will be on the middle of the lance's pole which might actually cause it to break. Of course that's just me being overly analytical. Perhaps I truly am anal. :D
I also considered putting this pic here so as to show the size of the figures that I paint. So yes that's how small they are... and yes I can never be a hand model. :P
So what's the master plan with this guy? He is the Grail Knight on a Pegasus that I keep using during my games. I liked this figure ever since I saw the one that won a golden daemon award during games day some years back. I like his helm and the tabard which is actually adorned with dragon scales. I'm thinking I'll paint him with red, black and some leather colors for earthtones. The pegasus will likely be a creamy brown. Then I will also do my first OSL with him, I'll do it on his eyes and reflect it from out of his helm... to sort of signify the the eyes inside are glowing with a green light. Goodluck to me. lolz.
"The Red Dragon as he is known for no one has seen his face, is a grail guardian within the corrupted land of Mousillon. Many a time have travelers been endangered within the forsaken lands and saved by The Red Dragon. He appears out of nowhere to assist those that are in dire need, striding upon his great pegasus mount, eyes gleaming and lance ready. His name has become legend to the commoners in the villages surrounding the duchy of Mousillon. Rumor has it that weapons used by evil men have been stopped short before reaching him. Truly he must be protected by The Lady. He has also been known to aid bretonian armies fighting for a just cause when the battles occur close to the lands of Mousillon."
Monday, October 03, 2005
It's a good feeling when you pick up something you haven't done in ages and start going thru it all over again. The last time I made a real painting was after I broke up with my first girlfriend and that was nearly 8 years ago. I made it in anger coz she burned my figure drawing book after we broke up. I would liken myself then, to a firefly with anger, hatred and hurt as my fuel... when the painting was done... I felt burned out. It was the last time I picked up a brush and sat infront of my easel. Oddly enough it was the only painting I had framed and the only paintng that hangs on my room's wall. It's still there as a reminder of who and how I was those days. Conflicting reminders... that I could do anything if I set my mind to it... that anger and hate are negative feelings that one should never dwell upon...
Those days have long gone and my ex and I have reconciled and moved on with our lives. Now it's time for me to go back to what makes me happy... painting. I picked watercolors this time around because I've never been good at it. In part I owe my renewed motivation and confidence to the Warhammer Hobby. Painting those miniatures have been both a learning experience and "a journey into the self" for me. I look at my very first figure and compare it with my present works and I can see clearly how far I've come. It's true that with determination and perseverance one will eventually achieve one's goals... no matter how many times you may fail and get frustrated. :D So now I choose watercolors because it's the medium in which I am weakest and if I can get better at it then I can easily improve on the rest.
I tried making the real painting but decided to redo it. Apparently making the tonal sketch is easier than doing it in full color. :D Still have to learn a lot about color theory I guess...