Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Dampf's Grey Period

Following on from the comment by 'Strangevistas' I have suddenly realised how many of my recently painted miniatures are grey. As Strangevistas stated - "not a criticism, just a statement of fact."

In response I upload another photo of a grey figure - the Hooded Leader, however I know that my 'Yours in white wine sauce' Blog competition entry is a set of grey steam tanks! And as well as the photos already posted I have at least six more Flash Gordon miniatures that are grey/black. All this and I never noticed.

Maybe its subconscious - watching all those black and white Flash Gordon serials!

"In years to come as art historians talk about Picasso's Blue Period, could WEB historians be talking about Dampf's Grey Period - I don't think so."

Has anyone else realised that they subconsciously paint with a limited palette? I also think that I am now reading to much in to a simple coincidence, but it is fun to ponder.



I will produce a list of the paints and manufacturers that I use. The main paints, possible limited to the top ten or dozen most used paint colours and any additives that I use - flow improvers etc.

The list should be posted soon.



Chicago Terrain Factory said...

I've had the same 15 bottles on paint on my painting tray for (what seems to be) years. Most everything I work on is some sort of earth tone - brown, grey, khaki with some sort of accent color. Over time, I think we get comfortable using the same colors over and over because we know how the paint is going to act.

Anonymous said...

I noticed after a while that I had painted over half of my many wargaming armies red, yellow, or some combination thereof: Imperial Fists, etc. I still catch myself drifting towards those two colors often. I think we just have things that appeal to us visually for whatever reason. You mentioned on one of your aeronef tutorials that you really liked the look of a gray ship--perhaps it is just something that works with your brain.

Anonymous said...

Many Artists go through periods, usually in response to their social culture that surrounds them. Take a look at one of your favorite Classical Artists, and you'll learn what phases of their life corresponded with their Art choices; color, subject, style, etc.
Now that you noticed it, you will probably catch it and shift your period to another hue. Let us know if you change. =)

Tony said...

I've decided that I will list my most used paints - the colour and the manufacturer as well as any additives I use. Expect the list within the next week.

In addition I know that some years ago I went through a Dwarf period, almost all the figures I painted during that period were Flintloque dwarves, does that count?

Thanks for all the comments.