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Welcome to my site! Keep scrolling for an index of links to blog posts that might interest you. (Updated 4/23/2019)

If you’d like to look at a gallery of painted miniatures, please check the photos section of my Facebook artist page here:
https://www.facebook.com/wrenthebard/

I post some of the traditional artwork I do on my Instagram page:
https://www.instagram.com/birdwithabrush/

 

Index to Key Blog Posts

Painting Contrast on Miniature Figures

More and less contrast demonstrated on the same figure: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/09/27/compare-and-contrast/

Contrast versus Realism, and Why You Should Choose Contrast: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/10/01/contrast-versus-realism/

How to Paint with More Contrast Part I – Mindset: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/10/06/how-to-paint-contrast-mind-games/

How to Paint with More Contrast Part II: Visualizing Light and Methods of Paint Application: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/10/16/how-to-paint-contrast-hands-on/

Example of using lighting reference photo, then rough colour block-in, then details and refining on Caerindra Thistlemoore: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/12/03/caerindra-thistlemoor-roughing-in-lights-and-shadows/

Example of using value mapping/grayscale (and freehand practice) on Sophie 2018: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/09/06/reapercon-2018-sophie-painting-process/

Example of using value mapping/greyscale, then rough colour block-in, then details and refining on Dragon and Stocking: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/12/10/dragon-and-stocking-12-days-of-reaper/

Using a lighting reference photo, and the difference between cast and form shadows: https://birdwithabrush.com/2019/03/11/efreeti-paint-process-and-colours/

 

Colour and Paints

What is paint – binder, pigment, mediums, additives, dyes, inks, single pigment paints – what does it all mean!? https://birdwithabrush.com/2019/02/24/so-many-paints/

A not-quite analogous colour scheme, and the exact paints used for the Reaper Bones Black Efreeti: https://birdwithabrush.com/2019/03/11/efreeti-paint-process-and-colours/ 

Choosing and testing a fall colour scheme on Stephanie Law bard figures: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/11/27/fall-colours/

Bones HD paint swatches (scans and photos), including the new Dungeon Dwellers colours: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/10/21/dungeon-dwellers-bones-paint-hd-new-paint/

 

Miscellaneous Painting Topics

Tips for painting more when you lack time, space, and/or motivation: https://birdwithabrush.com/2019/01/06/hands-on-how-to-with-paint-resolutions/

Painting figures to match art – ReaperCon 2018 Sophie: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/08/22/painting-figures-to-match-art-reapercon-2018-sophie/

Painting fur patterns: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/07/30/painting-fur-patterns/

Unexpected paint desk tool – compressed air: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/10/31/compressed-air-quick-tip-tuesday/

The painting process and critique of awarding winning figure Promenade: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/09/14/a-critique-filled-promenade/

Why you should go to a painting convention or show: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/08/09/some-prose-on-cons-conventions-and-shows/

Why you should attend a workshop or bootcamp: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/10/26/workshops-and-bootcamps/

ReaperCon general information: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/08/15/reapercon-not-just-for-reapers/

AdeptiCon general information: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/11/16/adepticon-2019-registration-opens-monday-november-18/

 

Miscellaneous Topics

Why you should measure improvement by more than whether you’re just getting ‘better’: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/11/14/measuring-progress-more-than-better/

The value of painting with friends: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/09/23/painting-with-friends/

Award winning figure promenade: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/09/10/a-kudo-filled-promenade/

Art challenges for traditional artists and miniature painters: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/10/07/inktober-should-i-keep-going/

Pictures of Archer the Heroic cat. First blog post! https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/07/25/my-blog-begins-with-archer/

 

Link Ups
Links to videos and pages that I have found instructive, and that you might, too.

Atlanta show photos, Reaper skin tones, colour theory 201 video, why it’s hard to see value accurately: https://birdwithabrush.com/2019/04/05/link-ups-april-5/

Colour theory 101, tips to choose colours, painting true metallics, my appearance on Reaper Live: https://birdwithabrush.com/2019/02/05/colour-link-ups-january-28/

 

 Convention Onsite Reporting and Photos

ReaperCon 2018 MSP Open Contest entries sampling: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/09/04/reapercon-2018-msp-open-contest-diversity/

ReaperCon 2018 Contest and general photo galleries: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/09/19/reapercon-2018-photos-miniatures-people-and-more/

ReaperCon 2018 Day One: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/08/31/reapercon-2018-day-one/

ReaperCon 2018 Wednesday Pre-Show: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/08/30/reapercon-almost/

ReaperCon 2018 Vendors: https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/09/01/reapercon-2018-day-two-vendors/