Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Shark Man

Ok I promised something "Darker" and I lied.  The only reason this piece is dark is because it was painted during depression.  Other than that I'm pretty sure if this guy was real he would be amazingly stinky. mmmm dead shark cape. 
After the past few pieces I've painted I needed something simple and fun to paint, and I've been waiting over a month to paint this guy. I love sharks and finding this guy as my local shop was pure gold. I wanted to paint him right away but I needed to finish up my contest stuff first.  
In this piece I experimented with simplifying my pallet using black and whites to darken my paints instead of adding another step of color and then black or white. Also the darker/tan skin tone was a good excuse to experiment with using more purple and reds than I normally do.  I could/should have spent more time on his skin tone but I didn't since depression was in charge. I also laughed at the shark rib bones on the figure since shark's skeletons are made of all cartilage except for their jaws and to top it off sharks don't even have ribs..... Oh I actually found a use for dry brushing! (I remember when dry brushing was all the rage) I've shunned it for such a long time I always forget that it works well on wood textures.  Although my dry brushing wasn't as "dry" as the name suggests.  After the dry brushing of multiple layers of color I added a thin wash of a darker brown color to blend the colors together and remove the harshness that dry brushing creates and then started adding in more layers of dark colors to shade the shipwreck.  I wanted to give her a weathered look with out going 'over board'... (har har)

Ron & Bones - Teruk` te, : Wyrd Base insert - Driftwood docks


  1. Really nice , i like this figure
    Captain Lol

  2. This looks really great, actually. One of the best you've painted lately. The color of the shark skin is so perfect, and the shipwreck is painted very well, with lovely coloring. Great idea for the base, too! Really, outstanding work!

    1. Thank hon! I've not been in love with the past couple of pieces that i've painted. I think I'm giving Soda pop minis a break for a while at least until we get in the newest ones that my man sculpted for them.
      I really enjoy larger scale minis and luckily for me this shark man felt like he was twice the size of a soda pop girly. It was nice to have the space to play with the paint on him. I'm working on my Reaper contest entry right now. I think I picked the ugliest mini I could find in my stash. it's totally cracking me up.