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In Loving Memory : the Widow
Manufacturer: Spyglass
Category: Fantasy

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In Loving Memory : the Widow

In Loving Memory : the Widow

If I can't make you leave
How can I save you from
(Emilie Autumn, "Save You")

Before the usual blurb, I'd like to thank the people over at the forums who kindly gave feedback on the WIP pics.

This started out pretty strangely. I was going to paint her white in traditional bride fashion, but ended up screwing up the outlining of the filigree design, which earned her a dip in the stripper. Frustrated, I decided to do her in black this time around.

The NMM gold is black, highlighted to white through brown, brown mixed with red and yellow, and pure yellow. The black was highlighted with Shadow Grey (or the Vallejo equivalent). I used a technique dubbed "tweening" by Valander, consisting of a rough layering followed by going over the transitions with very diluted paint numerous times to smoothen them out. It's long, but it can give absolutely flawless (IMO) blending - even though it's probably longer to do than wet-blending.

Painting the mini took about 31 hours (I kept count ). Most of it was spent blending the dress, but building up the bright flesh colors over a black basecoat was also pretty long. Also, I had my Vallejo varnish turn white, which forced me to repaint the blending on the front .

Oh well, nothing much to say really, so I'll just let you all post a few comments .

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Viewer comments:
#184000 Rating: 10 2 Jul 2006
She looks sooo good, great work!!! Very smooth blendings and clean painting. The nmm gold at her dress looks amazing and also her skin is flawless. Great face and good job at her hair too.
#121029 Rating: 10 4 Feb 2005
My God, I know you put a lot of time in on the dress, but, the skin is just beautfull, I mean, wow. She is beyond eligant. Yes, the NMM really stands out, and the dress looks flawless, but that skin....
#106267 Rating: 10 16 Oct 2004
It is only a 9.3 or 9.4 for me, but I vote ten because your mark is only 9.1... However, I am impressed...
#98621 Rating: 10 20 Aug 2004
whaoooh! argghhhh! my brush is broked now!
#97831 Rating: 10 14 Aug 2004
The face, the gold - it's a really expressive piece. Top work.
#97391 Rating: 10 11 Aug 2004
Wow, I honestly think this is the smoothest Mini I've ever seen. I agree with Aryanun, the hair could be a bit better, but it's still worth a 10. Especially the NMM Gold is outstanding!
#97149 Rating: 10 10 Aug 2004
Have to agree with SaxonAngel. The impression you create with the closed eyes is really amazing.
#97088 Rating: 9 9 Aug 2004
There are two things that could make the paint job better and I think you could pull it off easily. 1) The hair seems a little flat in comparison to the rest of the mini. A few more highlights would really make it pop. 2) If you tried to make the dress more sheer, with a hint of skin showing beneath. I also find the blacklining a bit too dark (I prefer a brown or walnut) but she's still exqusite. Even with the eyes "painted closed" it really works well for this piece. She looks pleased with herself.
#97055 Rating: 10 9 Aug 2004
hey great stuff!,i like the marble effect on the base,the only thing that's kinda weird about the mini is that she seems to be dozing of or something!!!,naaa just kiddin ja brilliant work
#96934 Rating: 9 9 Aug 2004
Lovely. The closed eyes are a wonderful touch. I'm VERY impressed.






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