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Discussion in 'Painting and Converting' started by Cageyblood, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. Cageyblood
    Chameleon Skink

    Cageyblood Well-Known Member

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    An Acer Liquid z320. Also known as "the cheapest unlocked phone costco was selling two years ago" so I can't imagine the camera is very good.
    Specs are here. https://www.gsmarena.com/acer_liquid_z320-7531.php

    I'm due for a phone upgrade soon anyway, so hopefully the standards have been raised in bottom shelf phones in the two years since I got this one.
     
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    Slann

    Crowsfoot Guardian of Paints Staff Member

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    Are there any apps you can use to improve it, I use Camera+ but it's on iphone, DSLR Camera pro for google store?

    https://taleofpainters.blogspot.com/2015/02/tutorial-how-to-photograph-miniatures.html although this is iphone related it may help ;)
     
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    Chameleon Skink

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    This shows how ignorant I am, I didn't even realize you could use different camera apps to get different results. :confused:

    Thank you kindly! I will look into that article and mess around with some of the other apps as well!
     
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    Chameleon Skink

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    Last post for tonight.

    WIP shots on a piece of terrain I started today. The final concept will be a starry magical orb on a ruined stone pedestal in the jungle, but today all I got done was the orb itself and getting the terrain assembled and prepped. I am quite proud of how it all turned out considering I don't have an airbrush.

    orb 2.jpg orb 3.jpg orb 1.jpg pedestal 1.1.jpg pedestal 1.2.jpg
     
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    Slann

    Crowsfoot Guardian of Paints Staff Member

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    That looks really cool so far ;)
     
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    Aginor Fifth Spawning Staff Member

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    I agree, good job!
     
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    Chameleon Skink

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    Finished off that orb terrain piece today. Was considering adding some plants on one of the corners but decided I'd already put enough clutter on it. As usual there are mistakes I made and lessons I learned about what I'd do different next time, but I'm quite happy with it.

    orb 1.jpg orb 2.jpg orb 3.jpg orb 4.jpg

    And a few wider shots to give a sense of scale.
    orb battle ground.jpg
    orb battle sky.jpg

    I was going to post this over in the finished terrain thread too
    http://www.lustria-online.com/threads/i-want-to-see-everyones-terrain.14875/
    but it hasn't been used in so long I didn't know if it was intentionally being left alone. :D
     
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    Skink Chief

    LizardWizard Grand Skink Handler Staff Member

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    Looks awsome! The little lizard :D
     
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    Chameleon Skink

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    He’s a little cutie isn’t he? He was given to me in a big box of old warhammer fantasy stuff by a guy who had a small collection gathering dust. The first metal mini I’ve ever painted.
     
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    Slann

    Aginor Fifth Spawning Staff Member

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    Very nice!
     
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    Chameleon Skink

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    Not much to report on the painting front, just doing some skinks / saurus. Finished off some commission work of D&D minis for a buddy, but I do have one piece of big news...

    I GOT A NEW PHONE! Goodbye potato quality pictures, you will NOT be missed.

    To celebrate, even though we're about a month past my one year anniversary of starting painting, I decided to take some comparison shots of my first mini I ever painted to my most recently painted skink.

    comparing 2.1.jpg

    I also took one picture of the first mini, a skink I did about 6 months ago, and my most recently painted skink.

    comparing 3.1.jpg

    As usual I'd love any feedback or criticism folks have, hopefully now that I have a decent quality camera people can actually pick out what I'm doing right and wrong, rather than just looking at a big blurry mess.

    EDIT: Snapped a few more pics.

    newskink 1.jpg newskink 2.jpg
     
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    Slann

    Crowsfoot Guardian of Paints Staff Member

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    The Skink looks really good but he looks a bit monotone.

    If you look at his crest it blends into the face and body, highlight it at the tips, his tail can also be a lot lighter at the end, think contrast, your highlights are there to draw your eye and accentuate the details.

    Massive improvement over a year ;)
     
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    Chameleon Skink

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    Thanks for all the tips and the kind words. I try to to a bit more highlighting each time I do a new project and I keep thinking I've hit the point of doing too much, when clearly I haven't! This is why a fresh pair of eyes helps so much.
     
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    Slann

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    It's really hard to over highlight and if you do you can always tone it back with a couple of glaze layers.
     
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    Chameleon Skink

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    Taking a break from skinks for a few days, got a quick and dirty wip shot of my scar vet.
    Just finished doing a highlight on the skin and scales, going to do another one in a brighter orange next.


    ssv 1.2.jpg
    ssv 1.1.jpg
     
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    Skink Chief

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    I love Suarus in red. they look very sharp.
     
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    Slann

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    Yeah nice job!
     
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    Chameleon Skink

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    99% completed my scar vet, took a couple quick shots before gluing the shield on. Hoping to have him and the throne done by tomorrow, and put him on top of the carno I've had painted for months.
    ssv 2.1.jpg ssv 2.2.jpg ssv 2.3.jpg ssv 2.4.jpg
     
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    Slann

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    Slann

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    Looking good, I still think you can push the highlights a bit more.
     
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