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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by MinervaMini, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. MinervaMini New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Greetings all:

    After over a year of offering my advice (both solicited and not) my friend finally suggested I just "shut up and paint something." So, here it is, my very first attempt at painting a miniature...ever. :)

    The figure is Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, a 70mm figure from Peipp Miniaturen (Germany). Comments and suggestions for improvement are more than welcomed. Thank you for looking.

    - Julia

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  2. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    good start.
    Very nice figure to.
    I would recommend that you paint some highlights. The red looks just dark red with shadows. It is easily to correct that.
    Maybe some shading on the face too.

    Marc
  3. MinervaMini New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Marc,
    Thank you for the feedback. One thing that has become extremely clear is that I need to get an SLR camera if we are going to do super close photography. To the naked eye, the highlights and shading are very obvious, but despite my best efforts, the photographs are not representational. But my parter says I should be a bit more extreme also. Here's one more shot.

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  4. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Welcome to the Planet and to Figure painting! Over all, I think you're definitely headed in the right direction. Some more subtle shading of the shadows, particularly around the buttons might help. Keep it up, you'll get a better feeel fro it with every new figure!

    Jay H.
    OKC
  5. petermh Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    The eyes don't look right too much white showing otherwise avery creditable effort
  6. frank h Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Hi
    Eyes are very difficult followed by skintones and they are which makes the figure
    You have made a good start so build on that for your next figure

    Look forward to seeing further work as you progress

    Welcome to the frustrating .....er......rewarding world of figure painting ....LOL

    Frank
  7. Roc Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hello Julia and welcome to the Planet.
    Your first figure is much better than my first figure.
    My advice to you is to practice, and when in doubt ask lots of questions.
    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers
    Roc
  8. MinervaMini New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Thank you Jay, Peter, Frank and Roc for commenting and offering your advice. I appreciate the well-wishes and am glad that I haven't been told to give it up. After trying my first figure I have a completely new appreciation for the level of skill and amazing patience demonstrated by so many here. I look forward to continuing to share progress and benefit from the experiences of others.

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