Hello everyone, today I would like to show you my latest finished piece. It is an academic bust sculpted by Thorbjorne Barone called Priscilla. She was part of his KS and I really like the soft features of the face and the challenge of painting something NMM. She was painted in oil colours and tbh, I think this is my best work so far. I am extremely proud of the face, as for the first time I managed to create blends with oils I could be proud of. The Armour was another issue. I tried to sketch it with acrylics and then paint it with oils, however it didn't work. Thankfully, my friends helped guide me and I think it looks decent. There are parts, which could have been done better, I admit, however, I wanted to move forward.

Even though I am proud of the face, I am not sure I could paint it again to the same level. Painting is funny this way. It takes practice and more practice and when you manage something, it doesn't mean I can automatically do it again. But that is learning, I guess.

I tried to keep the shadows deeper and hold the centre of light more vividly, something similar, which Jero has on his two beautiful versions. I had fun painting this bust and I am glad it taught me new things. I hope you like it as well, thank you for your time, if you read this. Take care and keep on painting!
  • Tommy Gunn

    I love the smooth armour and the eyes are alive!

    • Štěpán Tichý

      Thank you very much! I’m glad I repainted the eyes then, because a previous iteration didn’t work as well.

  • Filgja

    The eyes and the lights on the face are very very good!
    The NMM armor is good too.

    • Štěpán Tichý

      The lights were inspired by the original sculpt/render by Thorbjorne and I tried to copy them as best as I could. Thank you for your comment!

  • OrigalumPLUS

    You definitely improved your skills since your previous project! Skin, hair, eyes, metal - everything looks great!
    Here is my gold.

    • Štěpán Tichý

      Thank you very much for your kind comment. I hope to learn from this project and continue painting a little better and better.

  • Marc Revés

    excellent NMM!!!

  • Marian Hodas

    Krásna pleť a NMM

  • Ladislav MajerPLUS

    goldík od Lacíka… :D

    • Štěpán Tichý

      Děkuju, ale víš že já to jen z kamarádství nechci :D

  • Eamon Connerty

    Very nice work! I especially like the hair and eyes.

    • Štěpán Tichý

      Thank you very much! I`m glad you like the piece!

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    Great contrast and nmm job

    • Štěpán Tichý

      Thank you! The contrast was one thing I got a good feedback, so I`m glad I managed to improve it.

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  • Theodoros Giannakopoulos

    Nice eyes, nice hair, nice NMM. Gold !

    • Štěpán Tichý

      Thank you very much Theodoros! I’m glad you like it!

  • Eduardo Garcia Lope

    Very fine work, It has the softness that the character needs, great metals effect. I love it.

    • Štěpán Tichý

      Thank you so much Eduardo! I am glad you like the painting! I tried to be soft on the face and I’m glad it turned out OK! :-)

  • Roman LappatPLUS

    I am impresses by the eyes and the NMM work here! I am still a fascinated observer on your growth! Keep on happy painting!

    • Štěpán Tichý

      Thank you for your comment, Roman. I feel humbled and glad that you like my piece, but with this comes the next project and the expectation to be better and keep advancing. It feels almost scary. But I will remember the mantra of happy painting and keep trying!

  • MartinSporka

    Štěpáne wow, you improved your skills in many ways here! The skin tones, small but importand details like eyes, bigger surfaces like the armory, everything works together. Remember the gained skills and keep on this kind of painting! You are lucky that you have the best teachers/guides available here :-) M.

    • Štěpán Tichý

      Thank you for your kind words Martin! The worst part is to save my progress and not go back to worse painting :D Thank you so much and we’ll see each other on the workshop!

  • Steph.DPLUS

    J’adore, vote Or pour toi ;)

    • Štěpán Tichý

      I’m glad you like it! Thank you so much!

  • Eszter

    Very nice, i love it! Absolutely gold ;)