The Wanderer

I have been knocking out display models at quite a clip lately, and I have another to show you.

This is ‘The Wanderer’ from FeR Miniatures, sculpted by the incredibly talented Raffa Picca (of early Massive Voodoo fame). There are lots of little details on this bust, but also plenty of flat space to practice textures and effects.

I had a wonderful time exploring and learning from this miniature. Lately I’ve been trying to identify elements on each figure that could challenge me and force me out of my comfort zone, and this time I wanted to experiment with different leather colors and conditions, create a canvas texture on the rucksack, and work a lot of colors in the skin tones, especially the face.

Beyond these integral elements of the sculpt, there were some more conceptual/methodological approaches I wanted to try out on this figure. I had watched some Banshee videos on YouTube and was inspired to bring a rougher, less meticulous hand to this gruff, weather beaten character.

I also wanted to try to develop an idea that the incredible (and generous) David Colwell had offered, namely to focus attention on the key points (face & hand) using every trick in the book, including saturation. Thus the red hat (which is quite saturated compared to the rest of the figure) finds echoes in the faded pink of the bracelet and the faded red of the upper part of the backpack.

I’m a fan of nice tight, limited color palettes, but I ended up using a ton of different paints, inks, and washes on this one! That’s going be a pain to put away again!

I wrestled with this bust a lot of the way, not because of the model, but because I was trying new things, learning on the way, and sometimes reversing course as I went. I’ve had my eye on this figure for a while, and I’m very glad I took on the challenge.

He’s up on Putty & Paint if you have a vote to give (the pictures are the same as here). As always, it’s great to hear from you and I would love to know what you think of this effort. Thanks for reading!

5 thoughts on “The Wanderer”

  1. I agree with Pete. The eyes are expressive and soulful. It definitely looks like he has seen some things on his journey! I think you did a fantastic job on this guy and I can’t see anything that can be improved. Your skill just keeps improving (which is amazing because you’ve always been a talented painter for as long as I’ve been painting)!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Kuribo. I’m in a good groove right now, getting some great feedback and trying to apply what I’ve learned & been taught, and taking risks when I see an opportunity to learn something.

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