Crafting Project: Miniature Dungeon Details

September 15, 2017 at 2:04 pm (acrylic painting, Foamcore, Games) (, , , , , , , )


For an upcoming Dungeons & Dragons session, I decided it could be neat to build out some reusable miniatures for dungeon details that I could reuse from time to time. I built a treasure chest, a murky pool of water, and a few doors out of foamcore, chipboard, and acrylic paint. I figured it might be interesting for somebody to see roughly how I built them, so I’ll include some of the “work in progress” pictures I took as well.

 

For the doors, I started by cutting a door-shaped piece out of foamcore. I painted the wooden and metal details on it in Liquitex acrylic paint and moved onto the base for them. The base is made of two layers of chipboard (~1-1.5 mm cardboard), but with the top layer carved using a knife. I sliced the cracks for between the tiles in different patterns and then painted it; first a coat of black, and then some drybrushing of different shades of gray/blue-gray. I think I may have gone a bit too far with some of the colouring, but I’m happy enough with it.

Next, the doors are glued into the slotted floor tiles. After a clearcoat spray, they’re ready for action. I should note however that the solvent in the spray ended up melting away the foam; it’s only somewhat ruined, but it’s still a door. I’d suggest brushing on varnish instead, or adding a few coats of acrylic paint or PVA glue to seal it before spraying.

 

For the treasure chest, I started with layers of foamcore (I wanted it to be sturdy). I wrapped it in a casing of chipboard around the sides so I didn’t have to worry about the foamcore edges messing with the texture. Then I painted on the details with acrylic paint.

 

The last component of my project was a pool of murky water. I was initially going to use thinner cardboard for it, but I found that it warped once I started painting it, so I switched back to chipboard. I cut out the raised floor tiles and proceeded to carve it to make it look like tiles. This was probably my favourite part of the piece; it made it feel like each floor tile was worn and chipped away by wear and tear of dungeon action.

For the water surface, I wanted to make it look like it was liquidy, so I used some Liquitex Gloss Heavy Gel to build up the texture. I don’t think it ended up being exactly what I wanted, but at least at a cursory glance, it looks like there is a ripple originating from the center of the pool. I mixed up some shades of dark blue for the water to help make the ripples pop a bit more, and I painted on some gloss varnish to help make it shiny.

 

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New Painting – May 14 2017

May 14, 2017 at 10:35 pm (acrylic painting, Art, painting) (, , )


I whipped together a fairly quick painting today: 8″x10″ acrylic on canvas. On a minor note, I got to open a pack of nicer canvases for it; new canvas smell is always exciting.

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April 30, 2017 – Completed Art Projects!

April 30, 2017 at 7:51 pm (acrylic painting, Art, Markers, painting) (, , , , , )


I’ve finally gotten around to finishing (and starting) some of my art projects this weekend! The first one to display is a Van Gogh reproduction I’ve been working on (on and off) for a while: Wheat Field with Cypress. I used alcohol-based marker on smooth bristol, and it was my first actual piece using marker (outside of a couple tests).

Next, I finished a painting I had started a while ago and gave up on. I essentially went back and brought it up to a spot where I didn’t want to touch it anymore; I’m not happy with it either way, but it’s in a state of completion now. Acrylic on canvas.

Lastly, I started and finished a painting that I’m a little on the fence on. I like some elements of it, but I don’t know how I feel overall. I likely could have done a bit better on the composition of it as well as the detail work in some areas. Acrylic on canvas.

 

 

 

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Painting: Five Birch Trees

April 11, 2017 at 10:00 pm (acrylic painting, Art, painting, Rant) (, , )


I’ve finally gotten some time to paint again. I ended up psyching myself out and getting frustrated with a couple paintings several months ago, and never really made it back. I decided to ease into it with a very small 5″ by 7″ masonite board piece. I only spent a short while on it, but I wanted to get the feel for painting again. Here’s what I came up with:

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Project Updates: Jan 25, 2017

January 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm (Art, Markers, painting, Thinking) (, , , , , , )


I’ve only been posting here when I finish a new painting, but I’ve been very busy lately. I’ve recently changed jobs and have been enjoying my new position. It’s made me pretty busy, but I’ve also been working on a lot of different projects on the side as well. To give a brief overview on a few of these projects:

  • I’ve been learning more about well-known artists. Edward Hopper is one such artist that I have been appreciating. He has almost an illustration art style, which is based in realism, but the scenes he produces are fantastic. They are typically scenes where we’re between exciting events, or scenes that are isolated, yet have a story to them. We see evidence that people have lived here, but we’ve missed the “action”. My last piece was influenced by this idea, but I think I will practice it further to try for a better execution.
  • I’ve been experimenting with toned paper for coloured pencils. I am working on a reproduction of a scene from the box art of the latest Arkham Horror: Card Game expansion. It takes up most of a page, so I’m not very far into it yet.
  • I’ve acquired some sets of artist markers. I bought art-store-brand so I can figure out what I’m doing and not invest a huge amount of money on expensive ones. At the bottom of this post will be a picture of my first attempt with them. I picked a simple strawberry to try to practice style and blending techniques.
  • I’m planning on writing a childrens’ book and illustrating it myself. I’m only at the beginning of this project, so I have very little to show, but it is in progress. I’m hoping to use my new markers for the illustration, but I may decide to mix in some watercolour pencils as well, depending on how it goes.

 

 

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Field and Stream

January 21, 2017 at 10:52 pm (acrylic painting, Art, painting) (, , , )


I just finished my next painting; it’s acrylic on an 8″x8″ canvas. I picked this image to paint because it had an interesting composition and I wanted to try something with it. Unfortunately, I did not achieve anything of what I wanted with this one, but it was a step in the right direction. I learned a fair bit during this one and reworked the colour a couple times, but ultimately it was not as cool-feeling and isolated as I had hoped for. Also, this is the second piece I since I started using Liquitex Heavy Body for parts of it. I’m still figuring out the ins and outs of them, but they seem to dry out much faster than my Liquitex Basics series paints.

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Field and Barn

January 18, 2017 at 7:55 pm (acrylic painting, Art, painting) (, , , , )


I’ve just completed my first painting of 2017; it’s acrylic on an 8″x10″ canvas. I’m still deciding how happy I am with it, but I tried a number of different things with this one. Here’s a picture of it:

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Some more paintings from my week off

November 27, 2016 at 5:36 pm (acrylic painting, Art, Colored Pencils, painting) (, , , , , , , , )


Here are some more paintings I worked on during my week between jobs. The following is a brief description of each:

Deep Tractor Ruts: This was my first attempt at using a gel medium. The photo doesn’t show it, but the tractor ruts are actually textured. 8″x10″.

Flower in Watercolour: This was my first usage of watercolour pencils. I wanted to give them a try, so I picked a copyright-free image of a flower to use.

Sunlit Woodland Path: This was a quick painting I did to play with more expressive styles. 8″x10″.

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Autumn Birch Trees

November 19, 2016 at 3:37 pm (Art, painting) (, , , )


I recently completed a larger painting of a photo I found online (free license). I finished half of it and liked where it was going, but I’m not really happy with how it ended up. It’s acrylic on 9″x12″ canvas.

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Afternoon Projects

October 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm (Art, painting) (, , , , )


I had some coffee this morning and then was itching to do something productive, specifically something art-related. I ended up doing almost 3 full pieces (acrylics on 8×10″ canvas). I used a couple YouTube tutorials for the first two to get in the mood for the style I wanted to play with and then did the third as an original based on a photo I took in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

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