Kimera Models boxart for their Elysium range of figures. Loved the concept, anything sci-fi and greek has me hooked so win on top of the honor of doing the official boxart.
I went through a couple of iterations of colors and settled on a more traditional mediterranean type blue with whites and golds we tend to associate with their pantheon of gods. A lot of the Elysium line is very dark and moody. I wanted to brighten it up but also fit within that aesthetic so I used a harsher light setup, pushing the contrast and temperature on the figure. I really enjoyed painting the darker sides starry reflections in all the deeper shadows. I chose the OSL effect to complement the overall scheme but also as a small homage to Hermes role as the deliver of souls to the underworld. If you look at the helmet visor in a vacuum it can be imagined hell and heavens light on each side. Small detail I can smile on when I think about it.

After completing the box art, I wanted to explore more on backdrops to enhance the figure in as many ways as possible. The goal was to propose movement and the vastness of space to play off his godly role and rank. The slope of the backdrop, its angular orientation, the asteroid field, lens flare and cosmic elements hopefully achieve this. There are definitely some compositional lessons learned but it was more rewarding experience for taking the chances.
He was awarded Silver in Master Open at Monte San Savino and a Best of Show at Las Vegas Open.
  • Steph.DPLUS

    Génial, un grand OR ......
    Si tu veux voir mes figurines, mon indien et ma Mercy ont besoin d’un vote pour pouvoir progresser l’ami, enfin si tu veux ......

  • Roman Kuznetsov

    Absolutely amazing!

  • Eamon Connerty

    Wish I could have been at LVO to see it in person. Absolutely amazing work!

  • OrigalumPLUS

    Superb painting and backdrop!

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    that’s… awesome

  • Francesco "Franciuus" FarabiPLUS

    An out of this world painting, we are so proud in kimera to give you this piece!

  • Sam Reed

    Wow, amazing!

  • TimPLUS

    Really great job dude. Love the colour combinations and are toon to detail. The reflections on the faceplate are excellent! Gold

  • sk_drille

    what smooth blendings and those lights! marvelous
    big gold

  • Riccardo "RA" Agostini

    The backdrop is super amazing.

  • Gianluca "Branzu" Buttigliero

    That’s wow!!!

  • Patrik Hallberg “drn_paints”

    Amazing as always! Love the backdrop!!

  • Anthony Wang

    So cool and even cooler in hand - congrats on all the awards you’ve won with Hermes!

  • John Margiotta "BloodASmedium"PLUS

    Marvelous work !!!!! Well done Mr Garcia!!!’ Gilded

  • Roberto ''Barba'' Gerolimon

    what a BOMB! gold!!

  • "SCV Park" Yeong Min


  • RUSTO art and craft show Fabrizio Russo

    I Love your paint

  • Jonatan Gil - ElinhirPLUS

    Great work, amazing !!

  • Matt_Carnevale

    A true piece of art, having the chance to see it live was a blast! Congrats steve it’s a wonderful work!

  • Krzysztof "REDAV" Kobalczyk

    Fantastic work on a difficult miniature. I like the choice of you showing him in vacuum. I love it mate.

  • Jaime_de_GarnicaPLUS

    a fantastic job. The idea and execution is brutal.
    it was great to be able to see it in hand and talk to you in Monte

  • eric wolfs

    Amazing ! Great gold, congrates

  • FranNarváez

    Gold, fantastic effects!!!

  • Peter (Chilwd)

    Wow, just wow! awesome work on this!

  • Matteo Di DiomedePLUS

    Congrats! Gold for me !

  • Flo « FFF » Rochet

    Impressive!  Gold

  • NorahGonz


  • FreemanPLUS

    Wow!!! Congratulations my friend!

  • ohtekPLUS