Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Painting course in Madrid May 23, 2015 (in Spanish)

This entry is to announce another of my painting courses in Madrid. I usually only announce them on the spanish part of the blog, but I figured there might be people speaking spanish which only read the english part of the blog, so I decided to copy the announcement here too! Just in case anyone interested, and Spanish speaker, happens to be able to be in Madrid that weekend. :)

Después de casi un año demasiado relajado, volvemos a la carga con los cursos de Volomir. El próximo será una nueva edición de Teoría y Técnicas a Pincel. Será el sábado día 23 de mayo en Madrid, justo el día antes de las elecciones municipales. Así podréis pasar la famosa jornada de reflexión pensando en pinturas y colores, mucho mejor que cualquier otra opción que tuvieseis. ;)

"Teoría y Técnicas a Pincel" es el curso estrella por sentar los pilares básicos sobre los que se construirán el resto de habilidades. Una experiencia que cambia tu punto de vista sobre el mundo de la pintura de miniaturas.


¿En qué consiste?

El curso trata sobre temas fundamentales y básicos que son indispensables para adentrarse en el apasionante mundo del pintado de miniaturas. La estructura del temario es la siguiente:

    • Introducción teórica al pintado de miniaturas (teoría básica del color, propiedades, luz, ambiente e intencionalidad). (1,5 horas)
    • Técnicas de pintado de miniaturas a pincel. Práctica de pintura a capas de base, luces y sombras. (3 horas)
    • Degradados y limpieza. Práctica de transiciones y veladuras a pincel. (2 horas)
    • Contraste y definición. Práctica de perfilados y puntos de luz. (1,5 horas)

El temario de la parte teórica del principio es amplio y conviene estar atento a las explicaciones. Es conveniente leerse unos apuntes sobre la teoría que doy antes del curso para avanzar con más rapidez. La idea es practicar lo máximo posible, que es donde realmente se saca partido.


¿A quién va dirigido?

Si entras en alguna de estas categorías, o tienes alguno de estos problemas, este curso es sin duda de gran utilidad para ti:

    • Pintor principiante
    • Pintor de juego (tabletop, ejércitos, etc)
    • Nivel medio, pintor autodidacta
    • Desconocimiento o dudas sobre conceptos básicos del color
    • Falta de limpieza
    • Falta de contraste

Si no entras dentro de ninguna de estas categorías pero nunca has dado un curso conmigo, también sería recomendable ya que en otros cursos doy por sentado los conceptos que se dan en este.

Al salir de este curso, habrás abierto tu mente a un nuevo mundo de luz y color (nunca mejor dicho). El pincel ya no será un enemigo, sabrás cómo se afronta un pintado a capas, cuánto se diluye la pintura, qué es el contraste y por qué es tan importante. Sin embargo, el tiempo es limitado. Requiere practicar los conceptos aprendidos después del curso para poder asentar la técnica.

En cuanto a los temas logísticos:

    • El precio del curso son 65 euros.
    • Vamos a pintar todos la misma figura, el Kenjiro de Tale of War, que viene incluida en el precio del curso y que se entregará imprimada y preparada para pintar el mismo día para no perder ni un minuto con raspuras.
    • Es en mi casa así que tenemos total flexibilidad. Estaremos de 10 a 19 horas aproximadamente, si alguno tiene fuelle para rato podemos extender.

¿Te interesa? ¡No lo dudes! Date prisa y mándame un correo, ¡que luego no hay plazas!

EDITADO: Ya no quedan plazas para este curso, pero apúntate a la lista de correo con este formulario para poder enterarte antes que nadie sobre las próximas convocatorias. ¡Si no, es bastante complicado que llegues a tiempo a coger plaza! ¡El que avisa no es traidor!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Where is she looking? The Ghostly Gaze illusion

On my daily Internet browsing, I stumbled upon this very interesting article (in Spanish) about visual perception by the great Antonio Martínez Ron (author of the blog 'Fogonazos') where they talk about the following visual illusion game. It's called 'The Ghostly Gaze' and it was awarded second prize in the 2008 Best Illusion of the year contest.

You might be asking why I bring your attention to this illusion. The answer is quite interesting for miniature painters in my opinion.

One of the things I usually talk about in my painting classes is the importance of the perspective of the viewer (subject) as opposed to the miniature (object). There is an important relation between the sizes of the subject and the object as well as the distance between the object to the light source that should be carefully considered when painting. I think this example perfectly illustrates how the same image can be completely different if these parameters change.

On the first photo you can see this strange woman and her twin, with slight shadows changed from the original, looking right at you.

However, if we shrink the photo, it seems like the twins now look at each other.

Check it out for yourselves in the page where the Ghostly Gaze illusion is explained in detail (you can gradually change the size of the image to see the effect of resizing step by step).

There are many things happening in the brain with regards to this illusion. You can read more about this illusion in this article from the author, Rob Jenkins from the Psychology Department of the University of Glasgow. But what I wanted to point out is the importance of the shadow in the side of her eyes. Having those very light-coloured eyes, the shadow to the side can be distinguished when the face is big, but not as much when the face is small. This simple shadow that works on a larger scale, leads us to think that the eyes are looking elsewhere when the scale is smaller. The image remains the same, but the differences in size and perspective fools our brain.

What's the moral of the story? This game shows why you can't go into too much detail when painting smaller scales. It's not because of the size (there's always ways of thinning your brushstrokes even more). It's because some things will just not work in smaller sizes. That's why we would never paint an iris on miniatures smaller than 54mm. But not only irises, many other things!

How far into details should we go to avoid fooling our brains? It's one of the magics of miniature painting. I'm afraid the solution is trial and error!

In this other photo also from the article by Antonio Martínez Ron we can see how our brain knows perfectly how to detech the position of the eyes and the direction where they are looking, but we can fool our perception with just a couple of tricks.

In this other image, by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, we can see how in the same image just reversed to the right except for the eyes of the girl that have been copied exactly, one appears to be looking at us and the other seems to be looking to the right. The details surrounding the eyes are essential for our brain to determine one thing or another. This is something we need to dominate if we want our miniatures to make sense!

So never forget to change your perspective. ;)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Unboxing Rujo 'Il Maestro' - Tiny Leads

When I was in Torrent I had the unique chance of putting my hands into one of these beauties.

There was no other option but to get one for myself! Today I show you a few pics of the contents of the box where Tiny Leads packages their latest 75mm release, Rujo 'Il Maestro'.

Tiny Leads release box

First we find a nice release leaflet, high quality material

Cards, stickers and button... nice!

Underneath the protective foam

Two options for heads, with/without helmet

Helmet option adding the extra helmet piece

Overview of all the pieces included, two head and two left hand options (with/without shield)

Sticker on the side of the box. Classy!

Signed and exclusive limited number. Only 150

The quality of the cast is fantastic and the piece is screaming for paint. I think it's quite worth the investment (70€), high quality and exclusivity.

You can find Tiny Leads at:

http://www.tinyleads.co/

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ellyrian Reavers

This is the unit of Ellyrian Reavers which I painted in 2014. They are also part of my High Elves army and will be a good addition to bring some mobility to the forces.

It is painted following the general scheme of the army, and the theme of the bases is water to simulate that they are galloping over the shore. Click on the photos if you want to see them a bit bigger, for better appreciation of the details.

Behind the scenes: Step by Step Article

Link to Putty&Paint: http://www.puttyandpaint.com/projects/7124

Link to coolminiornot: http://www.coolminiornot.com/377800