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    Thanks boubi! This size is near my current limit, but maybe by the end of the decade I'll be putting freehand on 15mm cloaks.

    One last big session today on the lady. First I added some shading to the freehand. In order to differentiate it from the rest of the cloak I used some blues. The only real downside is that it's near impossible to keep tracing the same lines without the brush slipping eventually, so I created a few touchups in the process. The result isn't quite what I had in mind, but at least its not flat anymore.

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    Next, its finally time for some glazes. Or as I like to call it, the last chance to really screw things up. I used Reaper's clear yellow on the gold to warm it up a bit and make it look less brassy, used some red ink on her cheeks and lips, and then finally some violet ink above her eyes and in the skin shadows. I ended up glazing a couple too many layers of red ink on her cheek, but that's what practice is for. I took a before and after shot, but there's so much more red now it caused my camera to color shift a bit (at least that's my story).

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    Now, where did I put that base that started all of this?

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    I think the main lesson here is... I don't do a good job keeping up with my WIP. The project I was posting on here is long done. I ended up being a bit lazy and then running up against my deadline and making a few compromises. It was still a good learning experience. A few pics showing how it turned out:

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    My new project is learning how to paint w/ pointillism, aka make some textures with a lot of little dots. The cowboy hat and duster are going to be done this way. I've barely started below the waist, but I've already determined that I am very slow at this, and all those little dots...

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    New goal - try to update at least once per week. We'll see how I do.

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    Diorama turned out nice and good start on the cloak and hat...just don't let the pointillism drive you insane.

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    I like what I see ^^
    Take care of the brushes this technique will destroy their point for sure!
    Ps: I find it hard to post once a week... since sometimes in 7 days I do not advance anything and sometimes in three days I advance twice as much....
    Feel free to come by my WIP or have a look into my Gallery
    Voted on 5377 out of 235568 minis, and also left 847 comments on Cmon Gallery.

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    At this point I am using cheap synthetics so let them be destroyed! To the point of posting though, my painting time had decreased quite a bit over the last year. I'd like to get some back, which in principle isn't too hard - I just need to figure out what other free time activity to give up.

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    And a weekly update - 1000 more dots added.

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    I've started on the front of the duster as well. At least 750 dots here.

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    I have to admit, there was no progress on Ellen this past week. I wasn't around much, and when I was my free time was in small chunks. I don't like painting in small chunks, but I don't mind cleaning minis 15 minutes at a time so I started work on my first garage kit. I might have to start stalking webmonkey for pointers. So far it's just been trimming with a hobby knife, but is about to move into filing and sanding.

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    I tacked her together so I could have something to play with in photoshop. While I have a few ideas I don't have an overall color scheme in mind.

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    that's one nice GK.
    One thing I learned with GK-s is that preparation takes a LOT more time than painting if done correctly.
    But if I see it right the cuts were made sensibly on this one, making it hopefully less of a hassle.
    Forgot, that it works again.

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    Overall it is pretty well deconstructed, with injection points that make sense. There are three injection location that make me wonder what they were thinking, but I suppose fixing such is part of the hobby.

    While cleaning it I have discovered three pointy bits that were broken and glued back together at the factory. Two are barely noticeable but one is misaligned.

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    Your 3k dots have created some interesting and convincing leather texture. Nice work!

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    Thanks ST.

    I only have a teeny tiny update since I only got in a tiny amount of painting this week, but progress is progress. I stippled on the upper half of the duster. I'm not sure what percent I would call it, but certainly more than half-way. There are a few areas to even out and some error fixing I can see below her waist. I wasn't feeling painting skin so I decided to add some color. First I went with red on her bandana (a pretty traditional color) and then so the red wouldn't feel lonely I put some on her hat. The bandana looks somewhat flat but it's in a shadow so I'll have to deepen the shadows rather than add highlights.

    Next I worked on her jeans. I started with the blue that I used for her eyes but that was waaaay too intense. After desaturating it I blocked in the colors to see how it would look. I may texture the jeans as well, but I'm not sure at the moment. The color was still hard to judge next to the white primer on her chaps so I also blocked in a base color for her chaps. I thought about freehand, but for the moment went with a traditional color. This mini is turning into an exercise in painting as many browns as possible. Currently I'm at:

    1. Duster & hat
    2. Gloves/belts/boots
    3. Hair
    4. Chaps
    5. Wooden gunstocks

    Maybe I'll find another item to paint brown before it's all done.

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