October 28, 2012
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Just in time for Halloween, I have my latest project finished. This is
the piece I bought after seeing the original sculpt on a fantasy/horror
forum. I was impressed with the originality of it, and also that a
college kid sculpted it. He's a cool guy, and I was proud to support
this...his first effort at selling one of his creations. He named it
"Brute", and its not based on anything already out there. For that
reason I'd assume a person could paint it any way they wish.
When I studied it I thought it looked very reptilian, so I chose a paint
scheme to reflect that. I painted the chest and main body beige, with
the rounded scales in shades of green with a bit of yellow. To bring out
the fantastic texture in the skin I coated the whole thing with brown
acrylic wash. This also helped seal the paint...an unexpected bonus. I
chose to paint the head and face darker than the body, and thanks to the
great type of resin I was able to blend and fade colors like I wanted
to. Shadows in the skin were done by adding a touch of black to the
beige, and following natural shadow areas of the body.
In keeping with the reptile theme, I did the eyes with slits for pupils
instead of ordinary dots. I gave the irises a two-tone color of dark
and light yellow, and added a touch of pink to the whites. To top it off
I created a subtle "halo" of red around the edge of the iris. My bust
came with an unfortunate casting defect...there were some air bubble
sink holes in some of the sculpted teeth (the two large outer ones were
separately cast). My solution was to trim the defective teeth off, and
create new ones with a toothpick. The eyes, mouth/teeth, and scales were
coated with clear acrylic gloss to further the reptile look.
This was lots of fun to paint, and I'm looking forward to future pieces by that talented young artist.
While I'm on a roll here, I'll announce I've already made my
reservations for next year's Nationals in Colorado. If things work out
will accompany me this time. I'm excited and can only dream of
doing as well as my first time.