Papa Smurf

Though my posting has been sparse, I’ve been getting a lot of time on the hobby bench lately. Progress on Maulg is steady, but there’s often not a lot to show for it, as I’m going very slowly and trying to paint as well as I possibly can. It’s intimidating to approach a figure this way, but liberating at the same time. To just recognize that you’ll aim for your absolute best, but that it’s still a learning exercise, that you’ll fail some things you try, and that it won’t be as good as you can perhaps imagine helps to explode hang-ups and open the doors to improvement.

Here’s my boy. He’s starting to look a little closer to finished, though there are still entire bits left to paint and some major adjustments still to come.

Using a very similar palette on all elements of his ‘clothing’ and ornaments posed a challenge, but I wanted to avoid drawing attention away from the face and other more important sections.

I’m taking feedback from a few sources, which has improved the quality of the painting already. Feel free to add your thoughts, too!

2 thoughts on “Papa Smurf”

  1. The skin is fantastic and I don’t think there is much you can do to improve it to be honest. I think the loin cloth could possibly be a bit smoother with the highlights, especially on the back side but that is always hard to do, especially with irregular folds. This guy looks very time consuming to paint so I’d say take your time and enjoy the process. Don’t feel guilty about not sharing a lot of progress updates because we’ll be blown away by the final results I’m sure!

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