Life continues to leave me much less time for blogging than I’d like. I’ve got some additional thoughts on why we need to paint strong shadow/light contrast that I want to talk about, but that’s going to take a little while to work up. In the meantime, here are some link-ups to helpful information on working with colour!
Video: Colour Theory 101
If you aren’t very comfortable with choosing colours, colour theory can seem a bit of a daunting topic. But it’s worth studying because it can provide great guidelines precisely for those moments when you aren’t sure what colours to use. This introductory video covers the basic concepts of colour theory. The demonstrator uses canvas acrylic paint, but the principles apply to miniature paint, too. She’s working on a follow-up video, which I will try to link to when it releases.
Text: Colour Theory Basics
No time for videos? Prefer to learn via reading? No problem! There’s a wealth of information on colour theory out there, and this guide from the Metropolitan art museum is a good place to start.
Video: 8 Tips for Choosing Colours
Theory, smeory. What if you just want to some hands-on practical tips for colour choices? You might like this video, better. The artist uses markers for her examples, but don’t be dismayed by that. Marker artists work the same way many miniature painters do, choosing from a wide selection of pre-mixed colours rather than mixing colours from a small pool of paints (or markers).
Video: Painting True Metallics
Shiny metallic paints have different properties than standard colours, and can benefit from use of some different techniques. Join Reaper Miniature’s paint maven, Anne Foerster, for a great technique to use painting with metallic paints. Anne demonstrates on a bust, so you can get a good view of what she’s doing. This is the first in the Reaper Toolbox video series. This is a different technique than what I’ve used in the past with metallic paints, and I’m looking forward to trying it out soon myself!
Video: Me (Awkward!)
I was interviewed for the Reaper Live program a while ago, and the video is now up on YouTube. Topics include how I got into painting miniatures, and some sneak peek info on upcoming paint collections and the next learn to paint kit.
Photo by Treimerh, from Morguefile.