OK folks here it is! The Figuralia Dante bust. I have to admit, when I started this project I was bit out of my element. Not a part of history or literature I was particularly flamiliar with for sure. But I must admit, this is one fantastic kit! It has to be one of the cleanest, best cast kits I have ever come across. Not one seam line to fix and Luca has prepped all, and I mean all casting blocks so there is absolutely no clean-up whatsoever. I was able to jump right in. As some of you may know the kit comes with a large, beautifully cast and engineered pillar base. I, however, cannot leave well enough alone! So I made one slight creative change, I scratch-built the books for the base. I really wanted to emphasize the litirary theme of the piece, and thought these would add the right touch. They are made from Evergreen sheet, tubes and flat stock. I then used putty to sculpt the pages (pressing a straight razor into the putty before it dried) and lead foil for the corner reinforcements on the top book. It's all done in oils, and mounted on a Thomas Art Base. Speaking of leaving well enough alone, I had to be a bit creative with his garments as well. I have attached a painting of Dante that I used for inspiration and that Luca was kind enough to forward to me as reference (by the looks of it I think he's tryin' to cat-call and pick up some chicks there along the canals in Venice). I went a step further than just the green and black and decided to make his undergarment a dark eggplant purple as a compliment to the green cloak. I wanted to add just a bit more punch to my version, yet keep the colors from being too garish. I can't say enough good things about this gem. Once you start to paint the classically sculpted folds and drapery come to life! A real joy to paint. I highly recomend this one for a great change of pace from military subjects. Luca, my friend, many thanks and keep 'em coming! Thanks for looking, any and all comments are welcome. Jay H. OKC Had to have some fun in Photoshop of course! This is the pic I used for color inspiration.