Welcome to my site! Keep scrolling for an index of links to blog posts that might interest you. (Updated 10/18/2020)
If you’d like to look at a gallery of painted miniatures, please check the photos section of my Facebook artist page.
I post miniature related work on my birdwithabrush Instagram page.
I post my traditional media artwork on my rhondabenderart Instagram page.
Index to Key Blog Posts
How To Paint Topics
Tips for how to paint object source lighting.
How to paint hair – reference photos and link to instructional video.
Study guide for practicing along with tutorials.
Common issues with contest entries.
Example of how to decide what order to paint areas on a figure.
Step by step for painting a kangaroo.
Tips for painting freehand.
Painting Contrast on Miniature Figures
More and less contrast demonstrated on the same figure.
Visual comparison of more and less contrast and lining on the same figure and between two figures.
Contrast versus Realism, and Why You Should Choose Contrast.
How to Paint with More Contrast Part I: Mindset.
How to Paint with More Contrast Part II: Visualizing Light and Methods of Paint Application.
Example of using lighting reference photo, then rough colour block-in, then details and refining on Caerindra Thistlemoore.
Example of using value mapping/grayscale (and freehand practice) on Sophie 2018.
Example of using value mapping/greyscale, then rough colour block-in, then details and refining on Dragon and Stocking.
Using a lighting reference photo, and the difference between cast and form shadows.
Colour and Paints
Anatomy of Colour – definitions and examples of key colour terms
What is paint – binder, pigment, mediums, additives, dyes, inks, single pigment paints – what does it all mean!?
How to maintain your miniature paint collection.
A brief overview of a split complementary colour palette.
Choosing and testing a fall colour scheme on Stephanie Law bard figures.
Bones HD paint swatches (scans and photos), including the new Dungeon Dwellers colours.
Tips for Study and Practice
Tips for learning at a workshop or from a tutorial.
Why you should attend a workshop or bootcamp.
Why you should measure improvement by more than whether you’re just getting ‘better’.
Why I want you to fail.
Tips for how to set goals and expectations in miniature painting practice.
Paint Process Posts
Light, shadow, and colour for visual interest on the Bones V Hydra.
Colour choices and textured cloth on Madame Delia.
A not-quite analogous colour scheme, and the exact paints used for the Reaper Bones Black Efreeti.
The painting process and critique of awarding winning figure Promenade.
Miscellaneous Painting Topics
Painting figures to match art – ReaperCon 2018 Sophie.
Unexpected paint desk tool – compressed air.
Mistakes were made. And that’s okay.
Convention and Show Information
Why you should go to a painting convention or show.
IMPS shows include miniatures, and there may be one near you.
How to Teach Painting/Sculpting Classes Part 1: Why, Who, What, and Where
The value of painting with friends.
Art challenges for traditional artists and miniature painters.
Pictures of Archer the Heroic cat. First blog post!
Links to videos and pages that I have found instructive, and that you might, too.
Link Ups 2: Atlanta show photos, Reaper skin tones, colour theory 201 video, why it’s hard to see value accurately.
Link Ups 1: Colour theory 101, tips to choose colours, painting true metallics, my appearance on Reaper Live.
Convention Onsite Reporting and Photos
ReaperCon 2018 MSP Open Contest entries sampling.
ReaperCon 2018 Contest and general photo galleries.
ReaperCon 2018 Day One.
ReaperCon 2018 Wednesday Pre-Show.
ReaperCon 2018 Vendors.