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"I want to ride my bicycle" finished!

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Marijn Van Gils, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. Marijn Van Gils New Member

    Hello everybody!

    I finally got this one finished. It was an absolutley fun project to do!

    Any comments or criticisms are very welcome.

    Best wishes,








  2. megroot A Fixture


    As usual fantastic result. But i got to neatpicking. The bike, trousers, and legs are extremely dirty. Why is his jacket not dirty. I mean, when you go carry a dirty bike like this, your jacket must be dirty where the bike is lifting up, to the shoulder on his back and on the chest.
    I hope i write i down oke, sometimes my english is not as good as your sculpting.

    See you saterday.

  3. Major_Goose Well-Known Member

    Another diamond! just that
  4. Markus Well-Known Member

    Hello Marijn,

    simply phantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (y) (y) (y)

    It is always a adventure to have a look at your creations.

  5. Kisifer Well-Known Member

    Amazing stuff Marijin. For once again you will stun everyone with your excellent imagination and work.

  6. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Marijn, FANTASTIC! There's nothing I do not like about it. The sculpting, painting and presentation are all. your work is very inspiring. (y)~Gary
  7. Christos Well-Known Member

    Beautiful!Great painting!Perfect!
  8. RobH Active Member

    Another classic Marijn!!!

    Apart from the bike, sculpting, anatomy, painting, I really really LOVE the groundwork!!! It sets off the "wanting" to ride the bicycle part of the title perfectly, something that the figure on it's own doesn't convey.

    So how did you do that excellent vegetation?
  9. yeo_64 Active Member

    Hi Marijn :lol: !
    I have only one word to describe this : AWESOME (y) (y) !!!! A job well done,my friend !!! Cheers !
  10. Marijn Van Gils New Member

    Thanks a lot guys!

    Thanks Marc! You are very right, there is almost no dirt on the jacket. The problem in painting dust on a kakhi shirt is that the tonality is too close for it to be effective. Dusty spots will look like messed up shadows or highlights, instead of actual dust. This is always a painting problem...
    In reality, dust will also not show too much on such a colour, just "fade" it a bit, so I just tried to give him an overall dirty look by paiting dust everywhere, except on the jacket.

    Thanks Rob! You are right about the groundwork: it is very important to the story! It is obvious from the figure WHAT he is doing, but not WHY. The groundwork fills this in...
    This was exactly the first thing I thought when I learned about the use of cyclist troops in east-africa during WW1: "ouch, that couldn't have been easy on that terrain!"
    I feel any good groundwork should add to the story or set of the figures, but never detract from them.

    The vegetation started with some static grass, not sprinkled on but glued in little clumbs. This was expanded by adding seaweed fibres for taller grass (unravelled jute or such will do fine also).
    The rest of the vegetation are died flowers. I think I used four different types. Important with this is not to use them in big parts like entire twigs, but take into account you are working in scale, use small fragments of them at a time and slowly build up the effect. Clearly deciding what type of vegetation you want to portay is of course also important.
    Both grasses and dried flowers were simply glued to the already painted groundwork with white glue, and afterwards painted by brush. I painted most of the grasses in yellowish sand tones and the other shrubs in various dark dull green tones. Several washes with dusty tones were applied next to tone down the colour further and give a dry and dusty look. This was very important to emphasise the impression of the dry and dusty terrain, and to tone down the colours, so it doesn't overpower the figure.

    Thanks again for all the comments everybody!

  11. nagashino New Member

    Hi Marijn

    Beautiful work as usual.

    One question - did you ever do cyclo-cross? (Very poular in Belgium) The reason I ask is that this guy is carrying his bike just like a cyclo-cross rider might. Having done a fair bit of that sport in a former life it was quite noticeable.

    Congratulations on another exquisite example of your particular art!

  12. arthur Member

    An amazing piece (y)
    Not just the idea but the execution of it and the painting are as always on a master level.
    A true joy to look at.
  13. thegoodsgt Active Member

    I love the overall composition, the general left-to-right, top-down angle of the bike and groundwork. Awesome stuff!
  14. RobH Active Member

    thanks for the answer, Marijn.

    I must get round to noting all these excellent tips down somewhere!!!

    The scrub terrain, as I said, is outstanding.
  15. DaveCox Member

    A really great piece of work - the overall composition, sculpting and colour all works to creat a masterpiece.
  16. Kevindunne Active Member

    A truly inspiring piece. Thank you for the details of the groundwork not to mention your graceful handling of the absurd comment about the dirt on the jacket.
    I am doing a presentation to a local art school about the Art of the Military Miniature. With your permissio, I would like to include a picture of your piece in the slide show.
    Kevin Dunne
  17. Stefano Borin New Member

    Great work!!
    The figure and the groundwork too
    I really like your fantasy!!!

    ciao Stefano
  18. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    I have to agree with Steven, the slope of the terrain, re-emphasized by the angle of the bike on the soldiers shoulder (wow! say that 10 times fast) makes for a great composition. A simple presentation that is done very very nicely. The expression and flesh tones on the face are remarkable. Great work once again!

    Jay H.
  19. btavis Active Member

    Bravo, Marijn. Such a powerful piece with such an economy of elements. You are a true master of miniature.
  20. BESPJL Active Member

    Hi Marijn,

    I must say completly fan(un)tastic!!!!
    A wonderful theme and great scratch and painting job.


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