Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Princess (7)

Hi all,
thank you for your feedback and comments :)

Since the last update I added one more set of patterns to the rear drapes.
Simple stylized dragons.
Once the two Watch-Wher's sit in front the drapes will be hardly visible.
Speaking of the two Wher's.
My plan was to make them "bronze" colored.
After three coats I had a halfway decent base color, together with the blue eyes.
Getting the first shadows on was also relatively easy
But somehow I couldn't get a decent and even color coat - it always looked dirty or smeared.
So I decided to remove the paint completely!
It was quite a mess, I can assure you.
But then I finally got them completely color free.
And gave them a new matte black base coat.
And changed the color setting completely.
Now they are blue.
Shades worked out better this time.
To give me a better impression how all the color will work together in the end, I decided to give the princess a fist coat of skin color.
What a change!
And with the little Fire-Lizards - but they will hopefully be bronze colored!
Cross your fingers for me.
So after the shadows I started to add highlights.
And then the second Wher was painted.
I'm quite pleased with the blue skin and they work with the other colors.
So what do you think?
I look forward to your comments and feedback.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Princess (6)

Hi all,
thank you for your kind comments.

Here's a close-up to show you that some of the rugs and drapes do have a textile structure.
And once I apply the first wash, I'm sure it will be a lot better visible.
Even though this looks pretty nice, I'm kind of thinking that the various patterns and colors may be too "wild"
So I repainted the two out most drapes in red, together with the central piece - yes, the blue floral piece is gone...but at least the central blue with the hard-core pattern is still there :)
Then I started to add the ornament pattern to the first pieces of the central arrangement.
I'm not sure if I'll do the pattern also on the other pieces...
any thoughts?
I think it looks a lot better now.
So what do you think?
Better with mostly red? Shall I add more patterns to these red pieces or leave them uni-colored?
Thanks for your comments and feedback.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Princess (5)

Hi all,

thank you for your feedback.
@Joe B  - yes, I agree and I'm very aware that the rest of the throne panel looks rather pale. I was thinking about adding some structure or pattern, but currently can't really think of anything fitting...
I will probably have to wait to the end and see how it will look, once some more highlights are added to the blue gems and the "feathers" - Thanks mate!

Well, current progress is rather slow.
But I managed to work on the carpets. I have the base colors and patterns down.

Even without light and shadows I think they already look great in the scene.

I also started to add patterns to the sheets on the ground.

This pattern was really hard-core (I'd never do it again) and I still have some clean up to do.

But in the scene the result looks worth the effort.

Now I have to decide if and what kind of patterns I will add to the other sheets.
Looking at this image, you see there are still two furs, a small shield, and the sheets draped around the throne.

What do you think?
I look forward to your comments and feedback. Suggestions welcome :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Princess (4)

Hi all,
back from my workshop in Philadelphia PA.
I had a surprisingly enjoyable trip with Lufthansa - in an Airbus 340-600 where half the seats weren't booked (both ways), so lots of room :)
And the Lufthansa personnel is a LOT more friendly than the US Airways dragons.
It was also the first time I used a smart phone app to check in and get my boarding pass the day prior. Really cool.
Worked like a charm in Frankfurt (departing).
But in the US airport of Philadelphia it didn't (*grin*). They had to print a paper boarding pass - "this (electronic boarding pass) is no good here" - High Tech *lol*
Well, I'm back in my timezone, no jet lag, so time to get back to work on the Princess.
Since the last update with the still rather flat golden parts...

I worked some more on the golden wings,

slowly giving it more depth and temperature.

I think this looks pretty good now. I will probably add some final highlights and shadows with the airbrush when I set the real light and OSL effects.

Next I painted the golden ornaments for the backrest.

Even the scales turned out nicely.

Last night I worked on the remaining golden ornaments at the front,

and painted the highlights and shadows of the cloth on the throne.

Combined with the platform,

and with the Princess seated.

I hope I can finish most of the throne today or tomorrow and will then start with the carpets.
So, what do you think?
I look forward to your comments, feedback and suggestions.

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Princess (3)

Hi all,
thank you for your patience and sticking around.
Since the last update I finished the little fire-lizards and sculpted their wings.
The wing-skin was done with Pro-Create as it is less sticky and easier to roll out flat.
Then I used a bit of liquid GreenStuff to fix and smooth details I wasn't pleased with.
The pieces ready to be primed
And the Princess for the first time in one color :)
I really like the way she turned out.
I decided to start rather anti-climatic with the floor...
Initially the inlay in the marble floor were sandy colored.
But I feel the more colorful red and blue suits the scene better.
The little balls I have scattered across the floor will (hopefully) be little light globes that shed additional light.
Since the throne will be mostly golden I started to apply the base coat.
I hate yellow-based colors.
I needed 4 coats to get a halfway decent color.
The central section of the wing will be made of blue gems.
And the central piece will be a huge red gem.
Next were the cushions and little bands on the seat and armrest
With the Princess on the throne
Next were details to the gold. Scales for the backrest and feathery details to the wings
That was an evening all by itself - cramped fingers and tired eyes...
Then I applied of sepia wash to even the golden colors
The floor got some dark washes and shadows to start the light effects of the little globes
Seems to work :)
Next evening I did the central gem and started the blue wing gems.
Somehow I always manage to clutter my desk and limit my working space to an absolute minimum
Last night I completed the blue gems.
So this is how she looks as of this morning.
I hope you like today's update and I look forward to your comments, feedback and suggestions.
P.S.: Next week I will be on a workshop in Philly - so no work for a whole week.