My friend and mini painting mentor David Colwell suggested that I work my way around the color wheel as a means of deepening my understanding of color. He suggested using space marines for the project, as their abundance of simple shapes (spheres, cylinders, cones, etc) would give plenty of practice with light placement, and their open spaces lots of opportunity to improve my blending.
This seemed like a great plan, and here is the first of the chromatic space marines.
I’m pretty happy with this guy as a first effort, a starting point, a baseline.
Still, I was surprised and humbled by how often I had to relocate a highlight or redo a blend.
In truth, I settled for some areas that I never did quite get to work. I tried to keep in mind the purpose of the exercise, to build up competence and confidence as I worked through a series of exploratory models.
I have to admit that I’ve dug down to some pretty fundamental inconsistencies in my painting, like paint thickness, brush control, and more. Painful it may be, but I feel I must address these shortcomings if I am to continue to improve as a miniature artist in a sustainable way.
Look out for more colorful space marines in the weeks and months ahead. I’d like to see improvement in a number of areas. I am planning to create some new tutorials covering specific aspects of the project. I hope you’ll enjoy this learning journey!
As always, your comments are most welcome.