I began by painting her face, arms and hands with Reaper MSP “Tanned Shadow”. I then painted her skirts with Reaper MSP “Fresh Blood”, her blouse and apron with Folk Art “Dove Grey”, and her wrap, hat, and hair with Ceramcoat “Charcoal”.
Next, I painted the area of netting with a thinned wash of Folk Art “Barn Wood”. When it was dry, I tried drybrushing it with the “Charcoal” I wasn’t entirely happy with this as the drybrushing covered over some of the slits cot to represent the net, obscuring the wash. I then used the “Charcoal” to paint the solid area that were representing open spaces; the area between the cart and the lady, the area between the wheels, and the area at the bottom where the tentacles are emerging. After that, I painted the cart and her bracelets with Americana “Antique Gold”, the tentacles with Reaper MSP “Bronzed Shadow”, and the knife holders and pouches with Americana “Asphaltum”
Not being happy with the netting, I went back and hand-lined the worst covered portions back in using the “Barn Wood”. I then painted the knife and cleaver handles with Accent “Real Umber”, and the cleaver blade and wheel rims with Americana “Zinc”. When dry, I repainted the cleaver blade and wheel rims with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”. After that, I painted the fish with Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”, and while still wet, blended in some Folk Art Color Shift “Emerald Flash” on the head, fins, and tail. I then painted the cart handrails and handles, as well as the woman’s bracelets, with Folk Art Brushed Metal “Brushed Bronze”.
I let everything dry for a while, and then gave her face, arms, and skirts a coat of Citadel “Reikland Fleshshade” wash. When that was dry, I gave her blouse, hat, shawl, apron, and the fish a coat of Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash. Another drying period, and I gave the cart a coat of Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash, being careful to avoid the net areas. Then, when everything was dry, I painted her eyes, and then highlighted her face, arms, and hands with the base Tanned Shadow, and Reaper MSP ” Tanned Skin”.
Next, I highlighted the skirts with Reaper MSP “Holly Berry”, and then mixed in some Crafter’s Acrylic “Pure Pumpkin” for lighter highlights. I then highlighted the blouse and apron with Folk Art “Dove Gray”, and some Americana “Snow White”. After that, I highlighted the hat and shawl with Americana “Zinc” followed by Americana “Neutral Grey”; and then highlighted her hair with Folk Art “Cloudy Day”.
I then highlighted her pouch and purse with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”, and after that I highlighted the cart with the base “Antique Gold”, and some Americana “Primary Yellow”. Next, I painted the front signboard with Ceramcoat “White”, and when dry, painted a fish on it with Americana “Forest Green” (So even the illiterate peasants will know what she’s selling). I also used the “Forest Green” to paint some simple decorations on the cart’s sides. After that, I highlighted the tentacles with Americana “Terra Cotta”, and then a little Apple Barrel “Flesh”.
Well, even though this figure was a bugger to paint, I’m quite pleased with it in the end. I feel she came out very well, the cart came out good but not quite as good as she did, and the nets are still a mess. But I did with them what I could, and am not a painter who beats my head on a project indefinitely.