That’s a good name, don’t you think? Credit Joaquin Palacios for the dwarfy moniker, and more importantly this classic, characterful dwarf bust.
Talk about a fun project. I set out to achieve a more cartoony, graphic quality than I usually aim for. I thought the bust allowed for that interpretation, without forcing me away from some of the more painterly tendencies I’ve worked to develop over the last year or so.
I’ve spent the last few weeks chipping away at Harald, an older Lucas Pina sculpt released by Heroes & Villains. While it’s not as polished or characterful as the pieces he’s creating now, it is a fun sculpt with a lot of personality.
I was using this model to push my command of NMM and hair, two near ubiquitous elements of mini painting that I, like nearly everyone else, could stand to improve.
Probably no figure in literature has inspired me more than the wizard Gandalf from J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’. I have always loved his power, but even more his humor, compassion, foibles, and awesome style.
No sculpt ever captured Gandalf at his fearsomely frumpy best like the ‘Arcane Traveler’ from now defunct Peter Punk Productions. I managed to snag one off eBay a while back, and finally reached the point where I was ready to paint him.
I recently blasted out a quick, fun bust of Wilbur Whateley, one of the boogeymen from H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror. Dunwich is my favorite Lovecraft story, despite my fondness for many others. The sense of rural decay, the intimations of cosmic entities, and the academic heroes all strike a chord with me.
I tried to work as much mysterious color into the shadow area as possible, and to sort of smear the bright light into the shadows. In my mind Wilbur is creeping through Orne Library at Miskatonic, hoping to lay illicit hands on the Necronomicon which was denied to him by the administrator of the special collection. A light shining through one of the library windows catches him for a moment, illuminating the swirl of his emotions.
My friend Alessandro Natale put me up to this one. He had me pick a model I was not attached to, then paint it while focusing on a single element of the piece. I had chosen ‘humanity’ as that central element, which was funny when I selected the semi-human Wilbur as my subject! In any event, I had a fun time trying to capture the feelings and character of the villain.
The sculpt is by Oleksandr Bilibov, released by Polaris Minor, and can be purchased at Mr. Lee’s.
I received the troglodyte from Spira Mirabilis a few weeks ago and, unlike usual, got to work on it as soon as possible. I had an idea for what to do with him as soon as I spotted him back in early June and had to wait until he arrived to bring the conception to life.
I wanted to evoke real Paleolithic art with my use of pigments (predominantly black, white, and red ochre) while at the same time having some fun with the bioluminescent mushrooms and funny expression.
Well, my loyal followers know I’ve been a wicked boy and haven’t published many minis since this Spring. I’ve actually been painting up a storm, but I’ve been too engaged with other things to document my productivity. Rather than put out a large number of small posts, I figure I’ll make a single post to share all the models I’ve finished since April.
Seyni Ndiaye is an inspiringly original, deeply personal, and utterly fearless French miniature painter who has burst onto the international scene in recent years and garnered attention from anyone who’s paying attention. He’s also a super nice and funny guy, and agreed to submit to some questions regarding his journey as an artist and the powerful palette that always marks his style.
Wow, been a while! I’ve been busy with the brushes, if lazy about posting. I’ll try to make up for that with a few looks back at the last few months.
Most importantly, July turned into renovation month as I transformed my studio space top to bottom. I’m really happy with how things came out, even if I have a few weekend projects left to really finalize the project.
I devoted a ton of hours to this effort, taking three weeks off of mini painting to make every hour afterward more rewarding.
Last week I found myself in search of a project that would challenge me and take me from my comfort zone, but that I could regard as an experiment rather than a piece to be finished to display level. I ended up pulling the Logan, er, human academic bust from Hera out of my box of resin.