Wilbur Whateley

I recently blasted out a quick, fun bust of Wilbur Whateley, one of the boogeymen from H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror. Dunwich is my favorite Lovecraft story, despite my fondness for many others. The sense of rural decay, the intimations of cosmic entities, and the academic heroes all strike a chord with me.

I tried to work as much mysterious color into the shadow area as possible, and to sort of smear the bright light into the shadows. In my mind Wilbur is creeping through Orne Library at Miskatonic, hoping to lay illicit hands on the Necronomicon which was denied to him by the administrator of the special collection. A light shining through one of the library windows catches him for a moment, illuminating the swirl of his emotions.

My friend Alessandro Natale put me up to this one. He had me pick a model I was not attached to, then paint it while focusing on a single element of the piece. I had chosen ‘humanity’ as that central element, which was funny when I selected the semi-human Wilbur as my subject! In any event, I had a fun time trying to capture the feelings and character of the villain.

The sculpt is by Oleksandr Bilibov, released by Polaris Minor, and can be purchased at Mr. Lee’s.

In the Cave of the Ancestors

I received the troglodyte from Spira Mirabilis a few weeks ago and, unlike usual, got to work on it as soon as possible. I had an idea for what to do with him as soon as I spotted him back in early June and had to wait until he arrived to bring the conception to life.

I wanted to evoke real Paleolithic art with my use of pigments (predominantly black, white, and red ochre) while at the same time having some fun with the bioluminescent mushrooms and funny expression.

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Painting Roundup!

Well, my loyal followers know I’ve been a wicked boy and haven’t published many minis since this Spring. I’ve actually been painting up a storm, but I’ve been too engaged with other things to document my productivity. Rather than put out a large number of small posts, I figure I’ll make a single post to share all the models I’ve finished since April.

Come on, I’ve got some great stuff to show you!

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Interview with Seyni Ndiaye

Seyni Ndiaye is an inspiringly original, deeply personal, and utterly fearless French miniature painter who has burst onto the international scene in recent years and garnered attention from anyone who’s paying attention. He’s also a super nice and funny guy, and agreed to submit to some questions regarding his journey as an artist and the powerful palette that always marks his style.

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New Home Base for ToadChapel

Wow, been a while! I’ve been busy with the brushes, if lazy about posting. I’ll try to make up for that with a few looks back at the last few months.

Most importantly, July turned into renovation month as I transformed my studio space top to bottom. I’m really happy with how things came out, even if I have a few weekend projects left to really finalize the project.

I devoted a ton of hours to this effort, taking three weeks off of mini painting to make every hour afterward more rewarding.

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Logan

Last week I found myself in search of a project that would challenge me and take me from my comfort zone, but that I could regard as an experiment rather than a piece to be finished to display level. I ended up pulling the Logan, er, human academic bust from Hera out of my box of resin.

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Treebeard Comes!

Baroom baroom! I scored this great bust of an ent, sculpted by Lucas Pina and released by Robot Rocket Miniatures and I couldn’t wait to get some paint on him!

The figure is based on ‘Mean Tweets’ by illustrator Justin Gerard, but as I omitted the nasty crows I am just calling him Treebeard. Justin’s clever wordplay doesn’t really work without the tweeters.

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Dwarven King

Almost exactly a year ago I finished a dwarf bust by Lukáš Žaba. I wanted to do another at this time, punctuating a weird, stressful, yet productive period in my life and representing my artistic growth over the last twelve months.

This is a piece that hopefully captures something of what I’m trying to convey in my painting. Deep colorful shadows, lively & complex skintones, and compositional focus were my aims.

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Acolyte Again

This past weekend I dove into a familiar bust, Maxime Penaud’s Acolyte (Secret Workshop). I painted this model last Summer and liked it enough to get another copy. It was an interesting and inexpensive (though now sadly unavailable) mini for practice and experimentation.

This time around I was trying to work out some color ideas I’ve been chasing for months. I like it when the colors mix and pollute one another in the manner of an oil painting. I was trying to reproduce that magical luminous color that seems to emanate from within the prevailing hue.

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Priest of the Unspeakable

My weird cult priest is finished! Two weeks on this mini, equal parts difficulty and fun. I’m happy with the result, especially as I approached this as a learning project as much as a display model.

My goal was to balance intimate warm fire light with cold moonlight, with a touch of magic thrown in for fun.

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