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Do-Li

Postby Jona » Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:31 am

It's been a while since I last posted. I haven't really sculpted much lately, but did finish one model, for the Maow 'Dress a dolly' competition. It's a really fun challenge: Maow provides a naked model, and you have to dress it. This means you don't have to worry about getting the anatomy right, probably the hardest part of sculpting, and and can just start from a great sculpt in the first place. My entry (which gloriously - and rightfully, looking at the other entries - failed to be selected by all but one of the judges) was titled "Do-Li, who watches over the forest".


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The pose of the starting model was a really specific one, with the clenched right fist and upwardly opened left hand, and the wide stance. As I really didn't want to change even the slightest bit of it, playing by the rules, it took a bit of time and imagination to come up with a story to start from. Her right hand looked as if she was holding something rather light (her arm being outstretched), and with a small section (as her hand is completely closed). Her left hand looked like something could spring from it, and a little plant seemed to look plausible. Then there needed a reason for the little plant to be there, and so the idea for the backpack, and Do-Li, was born.

As the anatomy for the model was already settled, I tried to make it an exercise in textures, keeping clearly defined volumes to avoid clutter, but giving them all varying grades of texture and detail to work from as a painter, and try my hand at as a sculptor. I wanted the back - which is more often than not a bit neglected on miniatures - to really have a character of its own, putting the majority of the detail there, and keeping the front rather simple. I experimented with stippling texture onto the dress (which sadly isn't very visible in the pictures, but it works in reality), which would match the rougher image I had in mind of her clothes. As it's a miniature ultimately designed for painting, I hoped the different textures would provide for an accessible miniature (making washes and drybrushing easy and effective techniques) while also giving lots of opportunities for the experienced painter in terms of large cloth areas for freehand, and complicated lighting patterns with the lantern and overhanging tree.

More images can be found in [url="https://picasaweb.google.com/102024955359908098082/DoLi?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCKf2wfTa696rLA&feat=directlink"]the album[/url].
The gallery with the other entries for the competition can be found on [url="http://www.maow-miniatures.fr/Concours%20Dress%20a%20Dolly%20Galerie%202015.htm"]Maow's website[/url].


As always, thoughts and criticism are very much appreciated.
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Re: Do-Li

Postby sjoerdo » Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:03 pm

great concept, love the bonsai backpack!

drapery could have been a bit thinner and the folds are a bit unnatural. But all in all turned out a great mini. Checked the website, great dolly they provided!
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Re: Do-Li

Postby countersunk81 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 3:22 pm

Yup, agree, it's a really cool idea.
foliage I think could do with a bit of work, and seconded on the drapery, but it's still a great mini. Nice one :)
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Re: Do-Li

Postby White Knight » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:27 pm

I would buy that. :D
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Re: Do-Li

Postby Norton C Wongpower » Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:03 pm

Cool idea, that's the hardest part sometimes.
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Re: Do-Li

Postby Jona » Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:14 pm

Thanks all!
Absolutely valid remarks on the foliage (which is too flat) and the drapery.
It's something I'm finding very hard, but I guess only practice can teach...
I really recommend taking part in the challenge when the next one is up. The models all have been great so far, and it's a really fun and accessible exercise.
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Re: Do-Li

Postby Ace From Outer Space » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:09 pm

White Knight wrote:I would buy that. :D


In a heartbeat!

I love it!
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