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.