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Darkness - April FOTM
mongo_mel
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 06:25 PM UTC
Hi,
Well, I've finally finished something! :-)
It's the very large scale bust of the character "Darkness" from the Tom Cruise movie "Legend". Sorry but I can't remember who makes it but I should be able to check it out tonight. There was a great article on this piece in Amazing Figure Modeler magazine a while back that should have it.
With the base this thing is over 12" tall and it weighs a ton! With those huge horns it needed a heavy base just to keep it from tipping over.
Here are a couple of pictures...







Hope you like him. My wife hates it!!!
Craig

Edit:
I've moved the pictures to the correct month for FOTM
And I've made a new faceplate using a different font and border. Imthink this one looks much better.
thanks for the suggestions.
Craig

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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 06:38 PM UTC
I agree your wife about the look of this figure but when i look at it as a figure painter; i can say hats off for this great paintwork. it is like the dance of red tones.
congrats my friend
MiamiJHawk
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 07:51 PM UTC
Craig:

Wow, just a beautiful job of painting. We all know how
difficult a real dark color like red is to paint; and with
all the various shades of light and dark all blended
so smoothly together. I have only one suggestion, and
I'll admit I feel somewhat guilty mentioning this, for
who am I to be making suggestions to someone
whose skill level is so far above mine. But perhaps
you will consider changing the rectangle on the
front of that classy base. I would like you to consider
making the rectangle in black with the word "darkness"
reversed in white letters. I think that would be more
impressive. But of course, I'm only speaking of
personal taste here. What you have is just fine.
mongo_mel
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 08:28 PM UTC
Hi Engin,
I understand completely what you're saying. t's not my typical subject but I've always liked how Tim Curry looked in that movie and when I saw this bust at a show I felt I had to buy it ").

Hi Rick,
Hey, no worries. I always appreciate any constructive criticism from you guys.
I'm not too thrilled with that faceplate either. I knocked it out on my old home computer last night and it was the best I could come up with on the software I had (MS Works). Your idea sounds worth exploring. I'll just have to see what i can do when I get the new computer back from the shop. Or maybe I'll have to try it on what I can use here at work.
thanks for the idea (and the nice things you said too )
Craig
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 10:20 PM UTC
Not to my personal taste, but good paintwork all the same - red isn't an easy colour to use on large areas and you made a neat job of it.


FOTM May - we haven't done April's yet!!
Hwa-Rang
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 11:36 PM UTC
Very impressive work Craig. The red skintones look amazing. I'm particularly impressed by the eyes. They look very much alive.
rv1963
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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2006 - 12:28 AM UTC
Nicely done Craig, i have been waiting for you to finish this one. I to would experiment with the lettering on the base till you get what you like. I do have a question what colors did you use for your mid tones, highlights and shadows.
mongo_mel
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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2006 - 12:42 AM UTC
RV,
If I remember correctly, this is how I painted the reds:
Primer then Tamiya Flat Red airbrushed on and dried.
Then Cad Red Deep Hue (Winsor Newton oil paint) all over and dried.
Very light application of black in the shadows applied with airbrush and dried.
Mars Black oil paint applied to the shadows. I kept this thin, more like a glaze. Dried.
Cad Red Light oil paint applied to highlights. Also more of a glaze. To do something this big, I used more of a dry brushing technique here. Very little paint on a wide brush. Gently stroked over the high spost. Then blended out with a clean, soft wide brush.
One nice thing about a bust this big and with so much character in the face, it give it's oen natural highlight just sitting there .

Thanks to you, Jesper and Dave for the kind comments.
Craig
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Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - 09:03 PM UTC
Dave,
Thanks for the heads up on April vs, May D'OH!
Someday I hope to learn all the months :-)
Craig