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VISIONS IN COLOR: SEVEN 05/2002
The Visions In
Color gallery is a showcase of the best the Mini-Painter
has to offer. All participants are given the exact same miniature and then
allowed to do whatever they want to it. At the end of the working period
the results are put up on Dominic Heutelbeck's site and everyone can
leave feedback for the painter.
Since this was my first VIC I thought I'd do something splashy. I also
got the figure well after they'd all run out. I heartily thank Sintricat
for parting with one, and dedicate this piece to
her. Since I'd gotten a late start I felt a serious pressure to rush and
finish this as soon as possible- hence the theme "Rising Above Time
Constraints"... the somewhat anguisIed looking
mage is rising above my metaphorical deadline.
I made the base out of old clock parts, brass tubing, bits from a dead
VCR, some resin cast skulls, a Confrontation Light Familiar, a resin
Coffin for the back, and sculpy. I designed the
entire thing to fit in a nice glass dome. After sawing off the base of the
figure I drilled a 1/16" hole into her cloak from the bottom to accept a
piece of reinforced copper rod. I painted
the figure separately using a mixture of Golden Airbrush acrylics, Reaper
Pro-Paints, and Flourescent Liquitex Acrylics.
The base was painted with Holbein Airbrush Colors over a primer of Citadel
Black. For the "Crackle" effect on the green gears I sprayed Citadel Black
Primer over still-wet White
primer. The black dried faster and pulled apart as the white layer dried.
This made white "veins" show through. When I airbrushed the transparent
greens over top, it made a nice effect.
The "Veridgris" effect on the small gear-skulls and the cherub/skull front
piece was done by painting the pieces black, then airbrushing pure white
over them from above. This is sort of
like dry-brushing, only with an airbrush. After this false "light" was
applied I let the white dry thoroughly then slopped on a really thinned
coat of Reaper's Dragon Red. While this was
wet I dragged some FW Acrylic's Gold Ink over it and let it congeal a bit.
When it was 1/4 dry I dragged a wet brush across and judiciously wiped off
paint here and there. When that
coat was almost dry I applied a thick wash of FW Acrylic Inks Sap Green
and let that congeal. While that was still tacky I brushed on more gold
ink. After the entire mess dried I
drybrushed a few pure gold highlights onto the pieces.
The base also has Flourescent colors mixed into it, and the entire thing
really gets psychedelic under a UV light.
This was a lot of fun and I got to experiment and explore. I'm looking
forward to the next one... let's see... a broken refrigerator, a
corkscrew, and a vacuum tube... yeah, I can make
© 2002 Mike McCuen
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