Radigundus Complete

Santa’s ugly little helper is finished! I had the week off and found plenty of time to get this miniature bust to the finish line.

Radigundus will be headed overseas as part of a secret Santa mini exchange. I wanted to create something that would look Christmasy enough to remind my recipient of the occasion, but that wouldn’t look out of place the rest of the year.

I had a lot of fun painting Radi and learned some valuable lessons along the way. Seems like I always say that, huh?

My friend Dave Colwell pushed me to develop an ambience through the use of toned light. I used blue light from Radigundus’s right, which shows purple on the hood and green on the shirt, to create a sense of space.

Even though I kept most of my tones fairly reserved, I pushed the red of the hood as far as I could. I achieved the saturation by glazing red ink over orange and white.

You’ll also notice I switched over to a white background for the photos. We’ll see how that goes for a while. I seem to be getting better fidelity and more appealing images than I was over black.

As always, I’d love to hear what you think. Hope your hobby is treating you right!

5 thoughts on “Radigundus Complete”

  1. As I said on Instagram, this is a really nice piece and I’d be thrilled to receive it as a gift. I think the white background worked well with this guy and so it is worth experimenting with further. I have toyed with white a bit and need to practice some more as I’d love to improve my image quality. It is kind of the never-ending goal with miniature painting, I would say 🙂

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    1. I’d like to take really nice, accurate pictures, because I am able to share my minis online with far more people than get to see it in person. Ultimately, I’d rather spend my time painting, though, so there’s a limit to how much effort I’ll put into photographing my models. Perhaps that will change if I ever feel like my painting represents what I’m trying to achieve as an artist.
      Thanks, as always!


      1. You’re welcome and I know what you mean. I’d maybe put in a bit more time to get noticeably better pictures but probably not for anything less than that. For what its worth, I think your Instagram photos look great and much better quality than mine but that might be a case of the artist being too hard on themselves 🙂

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