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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have the day off, and it’s time to start my next project. Why not take this Presidents’ Day as an opportunity to paint something topically historical?
I’m looking forward to trying to strike a balance between historical and fantasy norms, realism and the portrait style of Washington’s era. Hopefully this will be a quick project to help me feel productive in these cold dark isolated weeks.
I hope Presidents’ Day finds you healthy and happy, wherever you are. Stay tuned for pics of my cultist project.
For my next miniature project after Conan I decided I wanted to try a piece with very strong environmental light. I’ve been sitting on this great bust from Secret Workshop for months, and I finally felt ready to take on the challenge of painting it.
While not strictly OSL (there are no luminous objects present), the effect of the strong, directional ambient light aims at much the same thing.