Dwarf with Mohawk,
aka Gort the Red
April 18, 2014
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April 6, 2014 Sunday:
my newest project.....the dwarf bust.
I've already started on him. Friday evening I washed it, then glued it
to the wooden cube base. Saturday I applied the first coat of
flesh....a mix of basic flesh and leather brown. This didn't cover
evenly, so today I applied a second coat, and also basic black for the
foundation of his hair color. He's going to have reddish-brown hair,
and his mohawk will be more reddish. I've decided to name him "Gort the
Red" in tribute to an old video game I used to enjoy playing. I've
never been much for games, but I played that one all the way through
several times. It was called "Shining Force" for Sega.
I plan to finish Gort before the Houston show. He may be the last
completed project before that event.
April 18, 2014:
I put the final touches on Gort, my Dwarf bust. You all know I can get
excited about some of my projects, but this time I was especially so.
I'd come across this company on a website I usually visit, and was
struck by the detail of it in the photo. I linked to the company website, and saw not
only did they have some other cool items, but their prices are very
good. I guess it doesn't hurt the company is in Poland. I ordered this
piece, and a smaller bust. Total shipping cost from Poland to Houston
was $10 US. When the package arrived (rather quickly) I was impressed
with the box and packing. Upon opening the box I found the Dwarf bust
well wrapped in paper. The other item was in a clear clam-shell package.
This bust was all that I'd hoped for, and more. The detail was
stunning, and casting was darned near flawless. I took it around and
showed it to some of my co-workers. They were very enthusiastic too,
and some hoped I would tackle this one soon. I did.
It took me about 3 weeks to complete, and I think it was all worth it.
I started with the skin, wanting a tan look since he would have been
outside a lot. I got this by mixing leather brown with flesh. It took 2
coats to cover properly, but the end result was exactly what I wanted.
The shadows in his skin are done with dark brown, and the highlights
are flesh mixed with a touch of white. Seeing his bulbous nose, I
thought it should be red, as if somewhat inflamed. I got this
appearance by mixing red with flesh, and applying it very thinly. I
also did the bags under his eyes with a mix of red and grey, using grey
with a hint of black for the creases. His green eyes are two different
greens mixed together, then darkened with black and lightened with
white. They are sealed under a coat of clear epoxy resin. I applied
clear resin to his teeth and mouth too, and lower lip.
I had many options for his hair color, but decided to do it red. That's
a fun color to do, and I chose it based on a character from an old game
I used to enjoy playing for Sega named "Shining Force". The Dwarf in
the game was named Gort. Painting the hair was the most intricate part
of the process. I ended up using 6 different colors......black for the
base coat, rust, rust mixed with red, straight red, red mixed with
yellow, then finally white mixed with the red/yellow for highlights. I
had fun feathering the colors to imply light hitting the higher areas.
All of this was accomplished using the dry-brushing technique. It's a
simple technique, but as you can see quite effective.
The rings on his beard braids, as well as his earrings, are all unique
in design. I decided to color them each a bit differently, for a
realistic randomness. I used gold as my base, adding copper or silver
for effect. The last step for the rings was to flow black oil wash into
Notice the veins in his temples. I looked at my own hand, and
duplicated the color I saw using light green mixed with flesh. I barely
touched it to the veins, giving the right amount of translucence. I
also added a touch of red to his ears.
This was a fabulous piece to paint, and I have every intention of doing
more by this company. I've already written them a glowing letter
praising their quality and service. It will be a pleasure to represent
their products in the upcoming shows I'm attending. Gort will compete
in Kentucky and Grapevine Texas this year. He might even be a contender
for the 2015 Nationals in Ohio.
This past week, on Thursday, I brought Gort with me to work. It meant a
lot to me to show him to the people who'd seen him just as he
arrived....before paint. I next took him to Pressure Links.....where
several of my friends who follow these emails work....but a meeting
kept many there from seeing him. I then stopped by Monarch Trophy,
where I get my name plates done, and was happy to show him to several
of the ladies there. All in all, Gort had a nice outing. He was a