This small piece is part of the giant project I have been working out for a while now. It is the offering bowl for the giant monster that devours people. I wanted to get a good macabre vibe out of it. I began by priming the piece with some white primer. It took about three coats to get the opacity I liked.
I love the detail you can see through the primer. The first step was to paint the offering bowl. I used grey with some white and black for the stone bowl I wanted it to be. I could have gone with a few different options like a wooden bowl or some sort of ornamental bowl but I thought the stone bowl was more visceral. Stone is primal and raw so it fit well with a brutal offering to a carnivorous monster.
The bowl is small, only about the size of a dime. It is supposed to be attached to one of the cultists that I have already painted. I painted the whole underside with a plan to paint the hands it later. The next step was to paint the heads inside the bowl. I used a fair skin tone paints. I used about two layers, heavily watered down, to achieved to accurate smoothness of skin. All these pieces are adding up to a really terrifying monster.
Once I got the necessary opacity of the skin I needed, I used some Flesh Wash paint to add some color and shine to the skin of the offerings. The wash acts as a shine as well as adds some shadow to the skin. The recessed areas are filled with the wash and it results in a great amount of shin toned shadow that makes the heads look as real as possible. I didn’t worry so much about keeping the colors “in the lines” because I planned on filling in the “liquid” last. The lines disappear under the painted liquid.
After the skin is painted to the most realistic look we can achieve the next step is to paint the eyes in. I used some white for the main eyeballs and black for the pupils. I also painted some of the exposed teeth with white as well. Then I used some Blood effect paint to paint in the “liquid” in the bowl. I applied it liberally and with a few layers to achieve the overflowing blood effect on the bowl.
The last step was to glue the bowl onto the arms of the completed cultist. Overall, the effect is gruesome as intended. I love the effect of the kneeling cultist holding the bowl up to the evil monster that devours human flesh. These cultists don’t seem to know that they are next on the menu.
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