Probably the last thing you will see in the forest, unless you are very lucky.

A study in dappled light/light through a forest canopy, and Native skin tones inspired by the general features of this bust from Black Sun Miniatures - Solrak the Savage. The features reminded me/ seemed plausible to paint in Native skin tones, and naturally that evoked thoughts of guerilla warfare in the early history of Europeans in North America.

The metals against the skin was very interesting, as it was an opportunity to look out, opposed to in, and play with that. It proved an entertaining experiment overall.

  • Trent "BigDeno" Denison

    Although I don’t think the dappled effect is convincing, its a unique concept and an admirable effort.  I feel like it shold be less hard edged, more subtly shifting shades on the skin and weapon.

    I like the skintones and warpaint.

    • Kyle MaitlandPLUS

      Absolutely appreciate the critique, thank you for taking the time to provide it.  Hardness of edge of course will depend on distance from the cast shadow, but I agree it could have been a bit less heavy handed.  The biggest issue being at project end you know a lot more than project start, and I didn’t hate myself enough to circle back.  So I file it under next time, when the itch comes backs around.

      Thanks again.

  • Roman LappatPLUS

    What Trent said. Really brave approach and I do like him overall.

    • Kyle MaitlandPLUS

      Thanks Roman, it was a project entered in knowing full well failure was a realistic option, so feedback is always appreciated.  Thanks for helping drive home where to improve next go.

  • Clive Jackson

    Very Nice attempt at a really hard subject! Agree with the other guys…but kudos for being brave enough to give it a try! Gold for a pretty decent effort!

    • Kyle MaitlandPLUS

      Thanks Clive, highly recommend it, it is quite interesting.  And thanks for confirming the feedback.

  • eric wolfsPLUS

    Great painting. I like a lot. It’s gold for me

  • Alex ✍PLUS

    Big thumbs up for one of the bravest ideas this year. Applauds for trying, very inspiring ❤️

    • Kyle MaitlandPLUS

      Thanks Alex, my personal demon is every project idea is terrifying, for one reason or another.  I need to reign it in at some point, but why would I let myself be comfortable?.

      The encouragement means a lot from a painter of your skill.

  • Matt Eastman

    This is great! love everything about this piece ( art is subjective ) id proudly Display this

    • Kyle MaitlandPLUS

      Thanks a lot for the kind words Matt.  I’m glad you enjoyed looking at this one.

  • Mariano del Olmo

    Nice job Kyle!!

  • Liu Yu Kang

    I like the axe!Interesting effect!

    • Kyle MaitlandPLUS

      Thank you, it was definitely a fun idea to play with.

  • Iván Moles "Stuka"

    Good job, very personal

  • Militarist_Studio