Understanding the importance of contrast in miniature painting and taking control of it is vital. Over the course of the weekend we examined different types of contrast, degrees of contrast and comparative contrast with regards to painting miniatures. Contrast is the foundation of every paintjob and it helps to create a focal point, impact, visibility, character and atmosphere.
While my workshop contained plenty of theory and demonstrations, I like to get everyone painting their own miniature as soon as possible! The aim was not to be going home with a finished miniature but to gain some useful theory, techniques and, most importantly in my view, experience. Painters can then build upon this experience and apply it to their own projects.
The focus for Saturday was on the use of tone and colour to create contrast.
We looked at:
• ways of establishing global lighting/contrast on a painted miniature
• colour theory and different types of colour contrast
• how tone and colour can be used to create an effective colour scheme.
On the Saturday evening I delivered a seminar titled ’10 top tips, tricks and techniques’. This was an illustrated presentation where I discussed some of my favorite ‘tricks of the trade’ and demonstrated how I had applied them to my own projects. In a new development from last year, Element Games live streamed the seminar via their Facebook page.
During Sunday we continued to develop the colour schemes we had created and explored other types of contrast using various techniques and materials. This included:
• painting texture and detail
• True metallic versus Non metallic metals
• Surface finishes - matt/gloss/satin
• a highly worked versus loosely worked finish and using this contrast to create a focal point
• adding textures and special effects to a painted miniature.
We rounded the weekend off by looking at ways of bringing together the different types of contrast on the same model to achieve a balanced effect and create overall impact.
I was impressed to see how thoroughly everyone committed to the weekend and applied themselves to the exercises I set. One of the most rewarding aspects for me was to see the total variety of colour schemes and types of contrast that the painters had created! No two Poxwalkers were alike but all of them utilized the aspects of contrast we’d discussed.