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Completed Bill Sikes

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by smudger1960, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    bill finished 042.JPG bill finished 043.JPG bill finished 044.JPG bill finished 020.JPG bill finished 022.JPG bill finished 023.JPG bill finished 024.JPG bill finished 028.JPG bill finished 029.JPG bill finished 001.JPG bill finished 004.JPG bill finished 005.JPG bill finished 006.JPG bill finished 007.JPG bill finished 009.JPG bill finished 010.JPG bill finished 012.JPG bill finished 014.JPG bill finished 015.JPG bill finished 016.JPG bill finished 017.JPG bill finished 018.JPG I thought i would just open u p a new post now that the figure is completed,i'm vey pleased with the way things turned out in the end although i'm very limited when it comes to the photography department as my camera is just a bog standard digital one and because of the way the piece was painted replicating artificial light i'm not sure if this will be evident in the photo's,anyway ill leave that up to the members to decide.
    My last update explained the undercoat for the overcoat which was GW orkhide shade which is a dark green colour,the reason i went for a green coat was because during the lighting phase on the figures right side i found it easier to go in with the yellow lights as green to yellow is not that harsh a transition,the collar and the cuffs i undercoated in GW black,these would then be finished with oil colours - Burnt Umber / Yellow Ochre / White,i did'nt want the coat to be all one colour as i wanted to give it something different,the final applications of oils for the coat consisted of oils in Prussian Green / Yellow Ochre / Burnt Umber / White mixes,final weathering arround the coat bottom consisted of Yellow Ochre / White applied to give that dirty / worn look,as i said earlier the figures left side would be natural compared to the right side which would have more yellow content due to the light source,this was achieved by applying small aplications of windsor yellow and white oil mixes until the desired effect was achieved,this yellow mixture was also applied very sparingly to the figures face on the right side,top of the hat and scarve,the cane / club stick / small part of the waistcoat / small part of the trousers / part of the stockings and boots,the cobbled street section was also given this wher the light i felt would fall.
    The trousers i opted to do pin-stripes,this was always my plan as i did'nt fancy the one colour look,the base colour was GW Eshin grey,oils were applied and highlights and shades added with Burnt Umber / Charcoal Grey / white mixes,once these had been achieved i added the pin stipes in GW acrylic black,i highlighted all areas were the highlight had been lost again and did the same with the shadow areas with oil colour - sepia,this is a semi transparent paint so i added this to the shaded area but the pin-stipes would still be barely visable.
    The stockings were base coated with Humbrol acrylic off white,applications of oil colours followed using mixes of charcoal grey and white and umber,i added a little bit of staining to these with burnt umber oil paint to replicate the dirt.
    Boots Were undercoated with GW vermin brown,applications again followed using Umber and ochre colours until the desired effect was achieved,the boot laces i painted in using the off white paint.
    The dog was finshed in oil mixes of white / umber / black /ochre colours,i added a couple of scars which i copied from the film 'Oliver' in which oliver reeds dog has the face and body scars.
    I would like to think i have achieved what i set out to complete,i will be interested in your coments on the artificial light as i'm not sure if its going to be evident from the photo,s,when looking at the piece on my workbench it does have the effect i was looking for,even the wife said it looked lighter on one side.
    Many thanks for following me through this subject and for all your previous kind coments,i hope you like the final result and i look forward to my next victorian piece (Jack the Ripper)

    Happy Painting / Be Safe (y)

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  2. billyturnip A Fixture

    Fantastic work and a really interesting and informative write up too. (y)(y)(y)


    Amazing amount of thinking and work to turn out this little masterpiece of creepy lighting and Victorian dismalness (is that a word?). Pure Dickens! Congrats!

  4. Don Well-Known Member

    Stunning Brian, simply stunning. A feast for my eyes. Apart from Bill and Bullseye which are super, the alleyway is a work of art and easily drags you back to a much older and seedier London.
    Love it mate, best I have seen.

  5. Aveleira A Fixture

    Amazing Work Brian!!!! My Congratulations!!!!
  6. housecarl A Fixture

    One of your best pieces Brian.
    Lovely finish mate,
  7. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks roger,glad you liked it and thanks for your kind coments (y)
  8. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks colin,glad you liked the backdrop,i think it suits the figure (y)
  9. Tarracus A Fixture

    A really beautiful piece of art! As Don said before it really transports you back to past times. Congratulations(y)

  10. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks Don for your kind coments,i'm glad i went for the backdrop now,i just love them victorian scenes and i love the film 'Oliver',oliver reed is my favourite character from the film and i just wanted the chance to do a victorian back drop and this was the perfect piece,i cant believe they only made 100 of these o_O,i was lucky as mine was number 87 but im so glad i got it (y)
    Hope your feeling better now (y)
  11. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks pedro,im glad you liked it (y)
  12. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hi carl,thanks mate,i really enjoyed this piece and i cant wait to start on the ripper ;)
  13. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks gerard for your kind coments,i'm glad you liked it (y)
  14. Helm A Fixture

    Brilliant work Brian, I don't think I've see one of these that looked the same and wasn't excellent and this is no exception. I still don't like the sculpt of the dog but that's not the artists or even the sculptors fault really just my view on it.

  15. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks steve for your kind coments,i have to agree with you about the dog,i think it could have been better (y)
  16. DEL A Fixture

    What can I say Brian other than I knew if I waited I'd be able to steal ALL your ideas ;)
    Absolutely brilliant job as Don says it really transports the viewer....masterly.
    Helm likes this.
  17. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Thanks del,it really was a labour of love,i really enjoyed it,especially the scenery,its something i've missed from my modeling,but i'm going to look at ways i can introduce it into the stuff i do now,thanks for your kind coments and i'm glad you enjoyed it (y)
  18. Mirofsoft A Fixture

    First class
    Like that very much
  19. smudger1960 PlanetFigure Supporter

    Many thanks my friend (y)
  20. kagemusha A Fixture

    Well done Brian. It's all been said mate, and I agree wholeheartedly. Stunning picture of times gone by.



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