With the frog all but done, I’ve turned my attention to it’s rider – Squarg.
I decided to paint Squarg with a yellow/brown flesh tone. In part to contrast with the frog and in part because I used to paint all my GW Night Goblins this colour back in the 1980’s. I’ve never understood the received wisdom that all Orcs and Goblins should be green!
I started off painting Squarg’s flesh in a similar way to that of the frog by building up layers of translucent colour. Once I’d reached a flesh tone I was happy with, I built up some stronger highlights and shadows to give his features definition. As I was doing this I also worked some red tones into his nose, ears and lips. This prevents the flesh looking monochrome and helps to give it life.
At this stage I felt there was still something missing, so I enriched some of the shadows around the eyes and nose with purple. This made a huge difference! Although the colour doesn’t look purple on the mini it’s presence made the face come alive.
It’s a basic application of colour theory to use complimentary colours (yellow & purple in this case) to liven up a colour scheme. What really surprised me was how effective such a subtle application of colour turned out to be!