Miniature Monday – Drys, Elven Dryad
Dryads are forces of nature, beautiful and mysterious. Four of them are our guests this time, and each is different from the other.
(posted by Dirk)
I still have to work on the base, but I am satisfied with the result so far.
I like how the green skin came out, and the overall color sheme is harmonic. But I wasn’t sure how to paint the eyes; should they be green, yellow, glowing or human like? I couldn’t decide what would fit in best. Perhaps one of you has an idea to help me out?
Before painting the mini, Antonia and I talked a bit about different possible variations of dryads and came also up with the idea of a birch Dryad, colored like the tree she inhabits. I left this idea in favour of a uni-colored paint scheme, but Antonia liked it, so here’s the result:
Besides some nice stripe work and nuances of white and pale beige Antonia also gave her Dryad green hair with a gradient from dark to light. She did it by layering green washes atop of each other, perhaps around 6 times, and was quite happy with the result. The base was covered with kitchen herbs again (majoram), which looks a bit like dry leaves.
As a final thought and to make the whole thing much less “eye candy” Antonia decided this Dryad was just about done with protecting her tree, with a quite gory outcome 😉
Jim gave his Dryad a really classic look with rosy human skin, vivd green hair and a contrasting dark on the tree.
Apart from the skin Jim and I had a similar approach, up to the wooden dagger! The smooth skin tone is well done, and the color composition is pleasing, really a good work! I like the detail work on the small vines, and it’s a great base! What did you use for the little plants?
Arjen went with a muted color scheme, browns and ghostly pale greens:
It’s really a Dryad you don’t want to meet at night! Arjen said it was a quick paintjob, but it’s a good looking outcome anyway! The face is well done, I like the pale eyes. Nice work with the tip of the dagger and the skin.
Apart from the green hair, these dryads differ really in style. I think there is plenty of inspiration for other readers who want to paint a Dryad for themselves. Here’s this weeks gallery:
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Comment: Should be quite simple to paint (mostly bone, after all) but absolute nightmare fuel, with some nice detail like tiny animal (dog?) skeletons hidden in the mess.
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