Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Balrog Miniature - painting progress pt1

Last summer I got into playing with and painting miniatures, being a massive Lord of the Rings fan the strategy battle game instantly grabbed me.
For my birthday last year I got the Balrog Miniature which I've been slowly painting up ever since. As a force of habit I'd been taking progress photos, after showing those around a bit I've decided to blog them up for anyone else interested in miniature painting and Warhammer to see!

Apologies for the quality of some photos, they were all taken with my phone!
I have used the Citadel paints for this, however as they're acrylic based I have also occasionally worked in some of my own acrylic paint and mixed colours for better variety and tonal blending purposes. I also assembled the entire miniature apart from the arms, which I felt would be better attached at a later stage. I'll then be able to paint his body and wings without the arms being in the way!



I'll probably have every professional miniature painter out there screaming at me for not doing an undercoat right from the off, but I was just experimenting to begin with here. I knew the effect I wanted to achieve so I went for it!
Beginning with a red (Evil Sunz Scarlet) between the scales of his back, neck and lower portion of the plume of flame, I then blended in an orange (Troll Slayer Orange) working that into the cracks of his scales and further up the flame.



Next I blended in a yellow (Averland Sunset) for the head of the plume of flame and, where it'd be hottest I worked in some white (White Scar). I mixed a pale yellow here also to dry brush onto the ridges of the flame to accent their shape.


Next up I began working on his head, again painting red into his nostrils and mouth as a base.


Adding the orange, yellow and finally white in his mouth and eyes where you'd see the white hot centre of his core.
That's the kinda feel that I was going for, that the Balrog was made of molten rock. The outer layer having cooled and hardened, appearing like black scales, however the hot molten core visible where his scales part.

Anyway, the rest of his head I painted black (Abaddon Black)!




Unsure where to go from here I actually began undercoating the Balrog's torso with brown (Doombull Brown). After looking at other painted Balrog miniatures I noticed that in most of them the Balrog's body appeared to be painted in a solid black, which was a shame as you lost all the detail! I wanted to try and achieve something much more subtle where you could pick out the shapes of his muscles burning under his flesh.



I watered down the red paint and washed over the brown, allowing it to settle in the crevices of the Balrog's neck and body. This I'd hoped would again add to the effect of the creature being made of molten rock, the brown adding a subtlety to the colour of his skin and the red intensifying the heat of his core, not to mention showing off that six pack!



Now it was time to finally start painting on the black tone of his skin!



I used a combination of techniques here, dry brushing over the scales of his back and neck, and also painting with a wash to allow some transparency and the brown of the undercoat to show through giving a leathery look to his torso and neck.




I'll leave you there for now, the next step is to paint the Balrog's wings!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Pet Portraits - River the Rat!

You may remember a (long) while back I drew my pet rat Kaylee as her namesake, Kaylee from Firefly? (click here to see it)

Well, let me introduce you to my other fuzz ball. River is a powder blue, dumbo rat and is now a year old! She is of course named after River Tam from Firefly.


As all Browncoats know River loves to dance, so I've drawn her mid-leap wearing the dress and cardi from the episode "Objects in Space".






I'm open for pet portrait commissions, so wether you'd like a caricatured version of your pet in this style or a more traditional portrait of your furry friend, then get in touch!
As always my email is sara-dunkerton@hotmail.com

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Themed Portraits - Woody and Cinderella

I've got another Christmas commission to share with you all!
This time is a bit of a Disney mash up, with Ian as Woody and Mich as Cinderella, coloured using copic markers.




If you'd like to see yourself as your favourite Disney character, or you know someone who would, then please get in touch: sara-dunkerton@hotmail.com

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Pet Portraits - Monte

Here's another christmas present, this time a Pet portrait I did of my family's dog for my Dad.



Poor old Monte dog passed away in October and I thought it would be nice for Dad to have this on the wall to remember him. This illustration was done using pencil colours and is based on this photo that my sister took.


Themed Portraits - Ash Dodd

Here's another Themed Portrait for Christmas!
This one was a secret santa present for the anime obsessed Matt, who I've caricatured to look like Ash Ketchum from Pokemon.


Hope you liked it Matt!
If you know someone who'd like to see themselves as their favourite animated character, then get in touch!
sara-dunkerton@hotmail.com

Monday, 29 December 2014

Poirot Mouse

Here's another commission that follows the trend of mousifying characters!
Fellow Improper person, Chris Wildgoose commissioned a Poirot Mouse as a christmas present.

 

I'm undecided wether I like his meticulous whisker-tasche or his spats best!

Themed Portraits - Where's Wally!?

In the lead up to christmas I had been incredibly busy with loads of commissions but I've been unable to share any will you till now for fear of spoiling the surprise!

So let's begin the slew of post-Christmas blog posts with this Wally


I do get asked to draw some random things, I'm sure this is all part of some inside joke however the person it was intended for loved it!

If you know someone who'd like a portrait done of them then please get in touch! 
sara-dunkerton@hotmail.com