Dwarven King Progress

While trapped inside with my little family, I’ve been making steady progress on the little dwarf bust I showed you a few days ago. This disease that has shut our society down, and which will cause suffering worldwide for a long time to come, does invite reflection, appreciation, and maintenance of the self. I’m thankful I have something creative to pour my efforts into in these strange and frightful times. I can say that I have enjoyed this project in a way I have never felt before.

I got the idea for the russet beard from a friend of mine. I would not have thought of that option myself.

Even though the fabric of the shirt is very rough, I wrestled with the balance of the tones for a good while. The original concept for this sculpt is a pauper king. I thought that was a great idea, so I tried to reinforce that with the battered, stained cloth.

These great big areas of skin have definitely revealed shortcomings in my blending, and even my paint & brush control. Humbling. I’m fairly happy with the result so far, but I am also grateful to have revealed these weaknesses. You can’t get any better if you think you’re where you want to be, technique-wise. I became a better painter last year, and I intend to improve in 2020, as well. Still, I’m invested in the enjoyment I take from mini painting, and I’m concentrating on the process rather than the product. I think that attitude will serve me well in the weeks to come.

I hope you all are healthy, active, and glad.

One thought on “Dwarven King Progress”

  1. The dwarf is looking great! Tons of personality and his gaze is quite intense (in a good way)! I think the shadows on the cheeks might be smoother too but I think there should be some kind of “highlight” between the jowl and that skin above the jowl line. If you can work that in, I think that will help make the sides of the bust look even more realistic. From head on, the shading looks perfect however so I’d say you’re already in a great place on this mini and you can decide how much time and effort you want to put in it. Keep the updates coming. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!


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