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Completed Critique Byzantine Auxiliary Bust from El Greco Miniatures

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by storm_zh, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. storm_zh Well-Known Member

    Country:
    China
    After painting a few 54mm and 75mm miniatures, I recently started to try something new – the busts, which I believe would be a very different experience. As it is my first bust, I tried to start with something small (and less expensive). Though this 1:12 bust is relatively small in size compared with other 1:9 or 1:10 busts, its sculpture and casting are really good! (thanks to Matt for the great sculpture work and YS for the casting). It is very pleasure painting this bust as my first tryJ

    The bust was ordered directly from the El Greco Miniature web store and shipped all the way to my country after a travel of thousands of milesJ

    I made a minor conversion to the helmet by removing the nose protector as suggested by one of my friends for getting a full view of the expression on the face.

    I painted all of this bust with acrylics. Below are some of the pictures I took for the completed work as well as some taken when I was working on it.

    Any feedback or comments are welcome. Wish all the PFers have a wonderful year 2014.

    Thanks,
    Jason
    2a.jpg 2b.jpg 2c.jpg 2d.jpg Face.jpg P1030871.JPG P1030937a.jpg P1030953a.jpg
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  2. bagelman1952 Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Very nice brushwork
  3. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Lovely piece.
    Carl.(y)
  4. swralph A Fixture

    nicely done
  5. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    I'm in the process of painting this bust myself and was gobsmacked when I saw your version as I too have kept the nasal guard off and I've used a very similar colour for the cloak only difference is that I paint in oils.I like your version!
    Brian
  6. storm_zh Well-Known Member

    Country:
    China
    Hi Ken, Carl, and swralph, thank you for your kind words.
  7. storm_zh Well-Known Member

    Country:
    China

    Hi Brian, glad to know that you are also painting on this nice bust. It looks like that we have exactly the same preference for this bust in term of color selecting and removing the nasal guard :) Look forward to seeing your version soon. I believe it will be another fantastic piece like many of your previous paintings :)
  8. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Jason ,

    Firstly welcome to PF ..great painting especially like the flesh ..do share your mixes...like the nasal bar being left off as well

    I reviewd this piece , a great little sculpt from Matt Grech .

    Thanks for sharing

    Nap
  9. pmfs A Fixture

    Country:
    Portugal
    Simple but very effective.

    Pedro.
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  10. storm_zh Well-Known Member

    Country:
    China

    Hi Nap, thank you for your comments. When I first saw this bust from the EL web site and also Sergey’s box art thread, I knew it is something that I’d love to paint and then added it to my to-buy list. Later, I saw your thread reviewing this bust and it is your review thread (having a lots of large pictures and objective reviewer comments) that fully convinced me that the sculpture and casting quality is really good. Therefore, I immediately ordered it (and also some other stuffs) from EL web store. Thanks again for writing up those good review threads.

    As for the color mixes for the flesh, below is what I used for this bust if my memory serves me right (all colors are Vallejo acrylics):

    Base color: Brown Sand + Orange Brown + a touch of Burnt Cadmium Red (I intended to use a base color that is slightly darker than the final face color I was looking for)
    Highlights: gradually added more Basic Skintone to the base color and previous highlights. For the final (extreme) highlight, I added a bit of white to its previous highlight.
    Shadows: I firstly added more Orange Brown and Burnt Cadmium Red to the base color. Then only added more and more Burnt Cad Red to previous shadows for the next deeper shadows. For the deepest shadow, I added a bit of Black Brown which is very dark to its previous shadow.
    Tones: I used colors like Old Rose, Violet Red, Royal Purple, and Olive Grey for tones in different small areas. All were highly diluted and applied in multiple layers as needed.

    Thanks again!

    Jason
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  11. storm_zh Well-Known Member

    Country:
    China
    Hi Pedro, thank you for your encouragement. Wish you happy new year 2014.

    Thanks,
    Jason
  12. Sergey Savenkov A Fixture

    Country:
    Italy
  13. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Beautifull work.

    Marc
  14. Steve Ski A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Excellent work!

    Cheers, Ski.
  15. HIKARU_REMOVED Guest

    Country:
    Japan
    Excellent and beautiful fresh.;)

    Congratulations completed.

    Mitsutaka:)
  16. storm_zh Well-Known Member

    Country:
    China
    Sergey, Marc, Steve and Mitsutaka, thanks much to all of you for your compliments and encouragement. Wish you all a prosperous new year 2014. Cheers!
  17. Mark S Guest

    Beautifully done, very nice piece.
  18. storm_zh Well-Known Member

    Country:
    China
    Thank you Mark. Glad to know you like it :)

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