I’ve noticed for a while now that when I photograph my figures, they look terrible. The detail looks like it was painted on by a real ham-fist, the shading is blotchy, and the overall job looks messy. This despite my being very happy with the actual figures in real life. To the naked eye they look more than adequate. But photograph them, and they look terrible.
I’d like to blame my camera, but I strongly suspect it is more to do with my increasingly impressionistic way of painting. I do find it harder these days to see the detail as I’m painting. While I’ve never been as clean and crisp a painter as many of those featured on websites such as the Steve Dean forum, I’m sure in the past my figures didn’t come out as bad in photographs.
A case in point is my latest work – a Warlord Games 28mm French vivandiere for my Sharp Practice gaming.
Here she is in all her un-glory:
Now compare her with a similar Foundry figure I painted several years ago. Still not a painting competition winner, but definitely much tidier than my latest work.
One thing I have noticed is that my shading of the apron on my latest figure is a total disaster, so I’ll do that again. I’ll also try to deliniate the frogging on the tunic a bit more (even though it looks fine to the naked eye).
I noticed the same decrease in painting quality in the picture of my latest naval officer and an older marine officer in my posting the other day.