This is my Tutorial on how to make easy, good looking pieces of art for your minis. It's a very simples thing to do, and requires few things to get started.
You will need:
- Any picture of a mini. - It's more personal is it's your own model, though anything is ok. I've used a GW model for the tutorial, and the LotD shown later is based on the GW model. Also, action posed models look the best
- A photo editing Programn. - Photoshop, Fireworks, Gimp ect. I personally use Paint.net as it's free!
First thing you need to do is find a suitable image. If the model is part of a squad, trim the rest of the members from the image. This isn't entirely necesary, but I believe it will made the rest easier to do.
Next, trace around the prominant edges of the image as seen in the picture below, so you are left with a simple Black and White image.
Next thing to do is fill in the major colours. Make sure you fill in any gaps in the lines or this step won't work.
Highlight and shade the image, as well as adding details, such as the eye lenses here. I find painting tips really helpful. The lenses were actually based on a Gem tutorial in WD.
Finally, add any background and details to the image. This is not necessary, but makes it look much better.
I don't have pictures of this step, but you can see a background on the LotD image below.
Thanks for Reading, below are some of my other images done in this Technique.
A Hrud Gasmask based on a GS Conversion of Mine.
My Favourite Image of a LotD Marine. This one took the longest of all of them as I went into the most detail.