Saturday, October 17, 2015

I'm Thinking About Skeletons

I ran across this picture of a skeleton unearthed from the ruins of Pompeii and I immediately thought of miniature painting. For me, this is a good reminder not to take painting shortcuts. If I was to paint a skeleton, chances are I'd pull out an antique white or cream tone and call it a day. The bones in this image have very few of those tones and are much more visually interesting. That's not to say this style of painting would be appropriate for every project – a new skeleton in a dry environment will look different from an ancient skeleton that's been buried for thousands of years, obviously (although to be honest I'm not too bothered about realism; I'd rather make choices based on things like color palette, etc.).

Regardless of painting philosophy, it's good to remember to be careful about relying the way you think something should look, and instead go out and see how things really look.

On a related note: stop looking at painted models in codices and on box covers!

i bet this lady never thought her mortal remains would become a reference for toy soldiers

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