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  1. #81

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    ^^^ The busts are very low end. (I think they were around $15 each) The three I did previously were also very cheap. (Verlinden and Amati, all around $15)

    I have a stack of really nice busts from Life, Young, and Nut's Planet, but I am using these cheap busts to practice on and develop my skills so I can do them justice. I have one more Verlinden bust to do that I think I am going to paint with an airbrush to see how that goes.

    I see what you mean about the eyes. It is sculpted that way, so I am not sure how to fix it. I will play with it today and see what I come up with.
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    Here is a link to the stuff I have painted:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/MrJim

    Here is a link to my WIP thread:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/...rJim-s-ADD-WIP

    Here is a link to my favorite Miniatures Website:
    http://www.competitionminis.com/
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  2. #82

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    I love the way you've used your paints on the gangster! Makes him look like a 2d painting. Good work on the other busts as well - one advice, to really make them shine, try to work some other colors into it, particularly the shades. You'll get a deeper, more realistic look with only a little effort. Try some purple in the brown shades, for instance.

  3. #83

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    I was actually going to do more work on the gangster, but I kinda liked the cartoon look.

    I will try some colored shades on my next busts. I have been trying to paint them with just paint (vs. shades or glazes) and mixing wet paint with dry paint is just not working. When I was painting with GW layer paints it worked a lot better than with the VMC paints I am using for faces.
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    Here is a link to the stuff I have painted:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/MrJim

    Here is a link to my WIP thread:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/...rJim-s-ADD-WIP

    Here is a link to my favorite Miniatures Website:
    http://www.competitionminis.com/
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  4. #84

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    Just finished base coating my next project and started on the eyes.

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    Here is a link to the stuff I have painted:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/MrJim

    Here is a link to my WIP thread:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/...rJim-s-ADD-WIP

    Here is a link to my favorite Miniatures Website:
    http://www.competitionminis.com/
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  5. #85

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    you paint those busts really fast.

    But I feel that after a basecoat and some basic shades/hihlights you get bored, declare it done and move on. Altough the scupt doesn't help either, but you could take more time to push the shades/hihlights more, do some texturing or some other effects. Most busts are large enough to do more.

    If nothing else try shading parts with pastels/pigments.
    pros:
    - really easy to do nice transitions
    - if you don't like it you can wash them off with water
    - fast
    - you need surprisingly little for a figure/bust
    cons:
    - have to varnish the mini/bust to protect it from rubbing off
    - some stronger shades need multiple layers (so pigment, varnish, pigment, varnish, etc) as you can't really do it in one go.
    - costs extra if you don't have them already.

    shameless plug, but the skin was done with only a basecoat + pigments here: http://www.coolminiornot.com/387470
    Forgot, that it works again.

  6. #86

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    I agree with Maxx(xxx): the sculpts look a bit average in detail, and it's probably not helping you to improve if the aim is to 'do' each one. Right now you are learning to base coat and highlight, which you look pretty adept at already, but nothing further.

    If they are for practice, it might be worth throwing out the idea of 'finishing' the next bust and instead use different parts of it for practicing different techniques. So a broad flat area might be good for working on your blending. You might want to try freehand, or patterning in a texture like cloth or wool into clothing. You could take colours and try out which go with what, or paint the whole thing in flesh tone and shade different bits with different light and dark shades to find out what different skin recipes you like.

    The end result will look awful and may never see the ligh of day, but you will be much more comfortable with colour and technique.

  7. #87

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAXXxxx View Post
    But I feel that after a basecoat and some basic shades/highlights you get bored, declare it done and move on. Although the sculpt doesn't help either, but you could take more time to push the shades/highlights more, do some texturing or some other effects.
    There is definitely some truth in your assessment. I would say half is boredom, in which case, I usually just push it to the side and come back to it later. A lot of it is frustration in not being able to achieve the quality of blending I want. I have a Marilyn Monroe bust that has had the face painted nine time and is waiting to be stripped so I can try again. It tried several different methods and just could not get the blending right. The low end busts I have been playing with (IMO) are not going to be spectacular (do to the lack of details in the sculpt) so it does get tough to stick with it when I can only seem to get it to a 6 at my current skills level. I painted my first mini in August of 2014 and I don't paint in November or December because my business takes all my time and energy. So I am only about 14 months into painting minis and most of that was painting GW stuff "GW Style". That said, I am open to any suggestions that will improve the outcome of my efforts. I began building and painting N scale model railroads about 20 years ago and could teach a class on how to make trees, buildings, and landscape. Unfortunately, none of that helps with faces - my biggest frustration.

    The mini dwarf bust was indeed painted fast. I think it was done in under 4 hours from start to finish. The others in my gallery are all unfinished at this point as it is my hope to be able to go back to them one day when my skills improve and take them from 6's to 8's.

    The Colonel (green coat) will be my last bargain bust before I move on to well sculpted busts and put more effort into them. With him I am trying to do a better job and spend more time then previous pieces since it is my last practice bust. This morning I spent 2.5 hours on the green coat shading and highlighting, trying to get smoother blends. Will upload a picture after work today. (any shading in the pictures above of him are natural shadows from the light as everything is painted with single colors)
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    Here is a link to the stuff I have painted:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/MrJim

    Here is a link to my WIP thread:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/...rJim-s-ADD-WIP

    Here is a link to my favorite Miniatures Website:
    http://www.competitionminis.com/
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  8. #88

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    Decided to really take my time on the face just to see what I could do. The jaw-line blending came out much better than I thought I was capable of doing. Now to see what I can do with the rest. (I may have just hit a turning point)

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    Here is a link to the stuff I have painted:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/MrJim

    Here is a link to my WIP thread:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/...rJim-s-ADD-WIP

    Here is a link to my favorite Miniatures Website:
    http://www.competitionminis.com/
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    Looking good so far; can't wait to see more progress.

    Cheers!

  10. #90

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    Quote Originally Posted by delta 408 View Post
    Looking good so far; can't wait to see more progress.

    Cheers!
    Thanks. I just gotta make sure I put it aside periodically so I don't mess it up by trying to rush it.
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    Here is a link to the stuff I have painted:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/MrJim

    Here is a link to my WIP thread:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/...rJim-s-ADD-WIP

    Here is a link to my favorite Miniatures Website:
    http://www.competitionminis.com/
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  11. #91

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    Took a break from the Colonel to do some leather and metal on this ugly thing.
    (still can't figure out how I ended up owning this)

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    Here is a link to the stuff I have painted:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/MrJim

    Here is a link to my WIP thread:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/...rJim-s-ADD-WIP

    Here is a link to my favorite Miniatures Website:
    http://www.competitionminis.com/
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  12. #92

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    Put a few more hours in on the Colonel over the last couple days. I think I am almost ready to put his head on.
    (tough getting pictures of both pieces together)

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    Here is a link to the stuff I have painted:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/MrJim

    Here is a link to my WIP thread:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/...rJim-s-ADD-WIP

    Here is a link to my favorite Miniatures Website:
    http://www.competitionminis.com/
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    Here is an update on the Apocalypse Survivor. Need to do his coat, gas mask, and base next.

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    Here is a link to the stuff I have painted:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/MrJim

    Here is a link to my WIP thread:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/...rJim-s-ADD-WIP

    Here is a link to my favorite Miniatures Website:
    http://www.competitionminis.com/
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    Spent the last week repainting Marilyn's face for the 9th time. I think I finally got it. Still need to finish the mouth and teeth. Just started on the hair. (have several colors laid down with several more to go) This has been the most frustrating thing I have ever painted, but I am glad I just kept trying. I tried so many different painting methods (loaded brush, two brush blending, blending and re-blending paints down to 30 different shades, etc)

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    Here is a link to the stuff I have painted:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/MrJim

    Here is a link to my WIP thread:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/...rJim-s-ADD-WIP

    Here is a link to my favorite Miniatures Website:
    http://www.competitionminis.com/
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  15. #95

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJim View Post
    Spent the last week repainting Marilyn's face for the 9th time. I think I finally got it. Still need to finish the mouth and teeth. Just started on the hair. (have several colors laid down with several more to go) This has been the most frustrating thing I have ever painted, but I am glad I just kept trying. I tried so many different painting methods (loaded brush, two brush blending, blending and re-blending paints down to 30 different shades, etc)

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    Skin is looking much better.

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    Your hard work has paid off - her skin is looking greatly improved!
    Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do. ~ Edgar Degas

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchArad View Post
    Your hard work has paid off - her skin is looking greatly improved!
    Thank you.

    I think I was making what is probably a very common rookie mistake. Too much paint on the brush and not enough patience.
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    Here is a link to the stuff I have painted:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/MrJim

    Here is a link to my WIP thread:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/...rJim-s-ADD-WIP

    Here is a link to my favorite Miniatures Website:
    http://www.competitionminis.com/
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  18. #98

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    Excellent work jimbo.we as humans learn by doing weather mistakes or success but we learn either way...I prefer mistakes because it means I write down in my log book (STEER CLEAR) this means I do NOT repeat what the log states...Iow I never do it again. You see. I always am writing things down as well I'm a very extremely conscientious miniature painter. aren't we all.

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    My camera broke a couple weeks ago, so I haven't been able to do any updates. Finally decided to take a couple shots with my phone of what I am working on.

    Done with the base coats and ready to start the fun part:

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    Here is a link to the stuff I have painted:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/MrJim

    Here is a link to my WIP thread:
    http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/...rJim-s-ADD-WIP

    Here is a link to my favorite Miniatures Website:
    http://www.competitionminis.com/
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    I like these a lot....

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