I’ve have finished painting the Road Girl academic bust by Journeyman Miniatures. When I started this project, I expected a fairly quick turnaround, but the model ended up taking nearly two weeks. This mini was challenging, but the challenges were mostly self imposed.
I had a lot of fun painting this bust, though I grew tired of painting things over and over in search of my best work. I’m not sure I’ll ever reach a standard I’m truly satisfied with, but I’m learning to strive to approach that level more closely. It tests my patience, focus, and stamina, but it’s making me a better painter.:
The model was a pleasure to work with, with a clean cast and refined details. There were a few very slightly wonky areas, but overall the mini was excellent. Road Girl is reasonably priced and I’d recommend her highly.
I love the balance of exquisite porcelain features and tough as nails expression. I tried to capture both of those elements, combining the smoothest blends I could manage with dramatic lighting and coloration. I’ve hidden a lot of sultry, moody violet on this one!
The skin and hair were challenging. I continued to rework the skin right up until the very end, and the hair received a total repaint. She even got a dye job!
This auburn hair reached a point where it was easier to replace than fix, so I slid the hair color over to Pantene brown.
I can tell you I was sweating bullets after I did this! In the end, though, I’m happy I did.
I’m happy I took this project on. Female busts are difficult for me, because technical refinement and a critical eye are demanded. There are many ways to fail. Everything has to be balanced. I think Road Girl represents a huge improvement over Sansa. In my photography as well!
I could thank David Colwell on every project since March. As I have improved, his criticisms have become more specific, more demanding, and more valuable. On Road Girl he helped me draw out the best effort I had in me. Thank you, David.
I would love to hear what you think about my painting on this great miniature. You should leave a comment and let me know!