Karl Johan, a Dogma48 project

This is my work from our Dogma48 workshop in February.

This was my second time participating in Dogma48, and I have moved a long way from the first one. I spent a lot of time thinking, and talking with the guys, about which project I wanted to do this time. There were a lot of things on the table, but the choice finally fell on Flap from figone miniatures.

The sculpt is by Romain Van den Bogaert, and it is just great – the quality of the sculpt and the character itself is just fun. And there is a lot to play with as well, so a perfect fit for Dogma48!

My only real plan was to make the skintone turquoise, do some spot colours in dayglow orange, and to put a lot of work into the undergrowth on top of the busts head… Other than that, I just wanted to see where the work would take me.

I started out putting together the bust, and building the plinth. Unfortunately, I did not get to take any pictures of the plinth during construction; Dogma just moves so fast, that it’s easy to loose track of documenting the progress.

When the plinth was well underway, it was time to play with some colours. Turquoise was the first order of business. It became apparent that the face needed to be more warm and alive, so I started working in skintones. At some point, I started working on the undergrowth. I always try to work around the whole piece; completely finishing one element before moving on to another makes it a lot harder for me to keep everything tied together.

To get a real feel of undergrowth, I went to town with grass tufts, moss, twigs, snail shells, and all the other good stuff in the basing box!

I finished in good time, with 10 minutes to spare.

Once again, I learned a lot at Dogma. Painting the skin in saturated colours, while still making the face interesting and alive was a great challenge. Making the undergrowth believable was also a lot of work for me, and once more, I learned not to hold back when working with natural materials.

I’m very happy with the outcome of this workshop, both the bust, but not least all the learning points, and the great atmosphere at a Dogma48 event.


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