July Speed Paint Challenge

This Speed Paint Challenge was more like "Panic Painting Challenge". I did get a head start on him last week, but after getting sucked into playing co-op Minecraft until midnight last night, I woke up at 6am this morning in order to complete him on time. (I probably need more discipline in my life). In any case, I finished in time and met my own expectations. While the Speed Painting Challenge time limit is 4 hours and the paints are limited to 7 colors + black and white, I wanted to challenge myself with a more ambitious timeline. I successfully clocked in at just under 3 hours and only used 6 colors + B&W. Huzzah! I chose the Reaper paints below for on "Scroll Guy" (aka "Darkrasp" from Reaper's Bones line):

  • Blue Liner (instead of Black): Robe, eyes
  • Linen White (instead of White): Scroll, bone scythe blade, eyes, jar highlight, chains
  • GREL Flesh: Skin highlights, jar
  • Tanned Shadow: Skin base, beard
  • Shadowed Stone: Scythe weapon handle, beard, jar, chains
  • Clouded Sea: Robe highlights, jar, eyes
  • Aged Bone: Scythe weapon handle, beard highlights
  • White Sand: Scroll 

In hindsight, I probably could have gone without White Sand on the scroll and mixed in a drop of aged bone for the shadows. However, I wanted it to stand out and the yellowed paper effect was my goal. I'm also very pleased that I was able to focus on the weapon rather than the cloak. I love painting fabric and I often fall into the trap of spending all my time on leather and fabric rather than weapons (see a previous Speed Paint Challenge). If I chose to spend more time on him, I'd focus on more interest and smooth blending in his robe and create a glowing rune effect on the scroll, but as it is with Speed Paint Challenges, you have to choose a focus that's important to you and just go with it! Ready for some work-in-progress photos? Oh yeah. 

WIP Photos after 1 hour:

At the 2 hour mark:

The last hour I spent on details: highlights on his weapon and chains, smooth blending on the mystery jar, his beard, and (crazy as I am) his eyes. I just have to paint the eyes! Even though his eyes are in shadow under normal lighting, I wanted to include these close-up pictures as well:

Without further ado, here's "Scroll Guy"! I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with too!