When I was invited to teach at the Reaper Miniatures' Artist Convention
in 2005, Anne Foerster, Reaper painting guru extraordinaire, asked
me to paint up the new vampiress blister pack by Bob Ridolfi ( 02990
: Crypt of the Vampiress). This features a very sexy vampiress
by Bob, and some excellent accessories for making a nice diorama or
for use in RPG campaigns.
I wanted to paint the whole set, but unfortunately ran low on time,
and opted to just do the vampiress and the candellabra, which gave
me a real opportunity to do source lighting. I've done this before,
but never to this extent. It was a fun challenge getting all the lighting
and shadows in the right places, while still making the figure interesting
when viewed "in the round." I did this by brightening the
highlights a little more on her back than they should logically have
been, otherwise her back would have been almost uniformly-dark.
very happy with the results! Before I handed her off to Reaper I entered
her in the Master's
category of ReaperCon
2006, garnering a Bronze against Derek Schubert and Lillianna
Troy (who by coincidence both had source lighting in their entries.)
But the real prize was having Bob Ridolfi admire it, saying it looked
like something by Frank Frazetta!