As much as I love learning new painting techniques I must admit that I just don’t get Two-Brush Blending. I tried it once beforehand struggled. I thought I may try it again. My plan was to apply a shade and highlight, then go back in with the mid tone and use Two-Brush Blending to smooth the transition. No matter what I did the second brush always pulled throwing away without feathering it out at all.
While I’m going to keep my mind open I don’t think Two-Brush Blending is a style I like. I don’t find I have much control over where the blend will end up. I’d rather use thin glazes to create my blends. For this miniature I’ve been trying to keep with a simple shade-mid-highlight scheme although I usually can’t resist mixing a little of my mid with my highlight or shade and creating a little transition.
After the last picture I decided to drag out a couple of lights to get a decent picture. Makes it much easier to see what is painted and what was just a helpful overhead light.
It reminds me of some research I’m doing for an upcoming project. The original appeared in a movie and I was studying pictures of the model they shot the movie with. There’s no highlighting or shading like we expect to see. Not even a wash and drybrush to “bring out the details.” Instead, the details were brought out with the lighting used during filming. It makes the original look flat and toy-like when shot with on-camera flash though.
The only thing that’s left on this miniature are the guns, the clips in her hair and the light on her right wrist. After that I will have to figure out how I’m going to base her and I can start on the next miniature.