WIP Critique Giaus Julius Caesar, Nuts Planet bust 1/10th scale

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by tonydawe, Nov 29, 2015.

  1. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    As soon as this bust was released I knew it would be mine. The box art painting is so perfect I must admit to being intimidated, and several versions I've seen painted since then have been equally breathtaking.

    So, at the risk of embarrassing myself, I've taken the plunge and started work on this magnificent bust.

    So far I've painted on several thin flesh base coats, added one coat of mid shadow tone and outlines some of the creases and folds in the skin with a dark shadow. I've also done one coat of mid highlight.

    The eyes have been outlined and the shape of the iris defined, but that's all so far. I'm going for a brown eye colour.

    Still early days, but so far I'm happy with my progress.

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  2. Reddo Active Member

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    Australia
    A nice draped cloak to paint - good start
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  3. Eludia A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    I'd be happy too Tony :)

    Great start mate, he looks fantastic already (y)
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  4. Tonton Well-Known Member

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    United-Kingdom
    I try not to comment about any period other than my own interest (Napoleonic) but that is one fine piece of painting. Very subtle and convincing.

    Jeff
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  5. arj A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    A very nice start on the face, and the positioning of the irises looks perfect for this bust.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  6. megroot A Fixture

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    Netherlands
    very good start,, but alot of work to do.

    Marc
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  7. trickydicky Member

    Nice painting very soft edges
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  8. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks very much for all your comments folks. I always appreciate them.

    I spent another couple of hours last night working on smoothing the transitions, applying various dilute washes and practicing a stippling technique to create more realistic skin textures. It doesn't show in the photos.

    Also started filling in some details within the irises. Haven't added the pupil yet. Still defining the shape and outline of the eyes. The brown hair is simply a base coat at this stage.
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  9. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Tony,

    As you say a great bust , box art is amazing and you are bringing this to life , following this with interest

    What colour for your cloak ...any thoughts yet?

    Happy painting

    Nap
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  10. storm_zh Well-Known Member

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    China
    Great work so far. The blending and transitions of flesh tones are really nice. Look forward to seeing more progress on it:)
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  11. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks Nap and Jason.

    Nap, I haven't settled on a specific colour but I was leaning towards an off-white cloak with a crimson border. I'm certainly not going to do the usual Roman red cloak. I'm also planning to paint the laurel wreath as real leaves and fruit berries, rather than as a gold crown.

    Jason, thanks mate. I appreciate you helping me to understand your stippling technique too. Hopefully you'll see some more evidence of this when I post my next WIP pics. In the meantime, I have your photos to provide me with inspiration.
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  12. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    I worked on the eyes last night and feel rather happy with the result. More skin shading done too.

    Haven't done much highlighting yet, but that will come soon. I will be adding some darker shading for the 5 o'clock shadow, but I will keep it subtle.

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  13. arj A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Excellent progress on the face. Those eyes have really come to life.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  14. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks Andrew

    I've applied the first of several oil washes over the face to darken the skin and blend the highlights and shadows together. Hope you like it. image.jpg image.jpg
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  15. Huw63 A Fixture

    Country:
    Switzerland
    This is coming on a treat!!! Superb stuff.

    Cheers

    Huw
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  16. Jeff T Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    That is looking great Tony!!

    Excellent work on the skin tones and the eyes.


    Cheer's,
    Jeff.
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  17. samson Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    This is really coming around great . Awesome stuff.
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  18. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    A bit of highlighting with oils on the fore head and nose. Starting to like the way he's looking. image.jpg
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  19. arj A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Ooh yes!
    I certainly do.
    Looking forward to the next step.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
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  20. samson Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Looks great.

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