Review: Skintone & Faces Masterclass, Augsburg

By Massive Voodoo

My fourth workshop with Roman as a teacher was another complete success.
Although there were no tears (as anticipated by Roman) the Skintone workshop was as intensive and instructive as the beginner workshop for me. Roman described his way to realistic skin tones in astounding detail and gave every student the opportunity to unfold her or his potential. I especially loved the fact that Roman was always available for questions and short bursts of personal teaching. I am definitely looking forward to the next workshop! #Batman anyone?

– Stephan

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Vorab, vielen Dank für den tollen Kurs und die daraus neu entstandende Motivation. Der Kurs hat mir sehr gut gefallen, auch die vielen Tipps haben mich in meiner persönlichen Entwicklung weitergebracht.

Eine kurze Übersicht:

– Das Malen mit “Untermalungen” hat mir eine völlig neue Perspektive geöffnet. Ich kannte diese Technik nur in Zusammenhang mit Kleidung (Leder, Uniform etc.).
– Die Abwechslung zwischen Praxis und Theory war sehr ausgeglichen, trotz der 10 Stunden am Samstag war ich kein bisschen müde (und das von einem Ex-Informatikstudent).
– Übungen waren gut organisiert, lediglich der Kopf der GW Miniature war mir ein wenig zu klein (liegt wohl aber auch daran das ich die Untermalung zum ersten Mal an einem so kleinen Kopf gemacht habe)
– Vorträge allesamt super, sehr gut rübergebracht
– Mitgebrachtes Material (Bücher, ich liebe Velázquez:-) , früher fast jeden Tag im Prado gewesen)

– Sven

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Hey Jungle,
it is about time to write a review about this.
One of my new seminars – one of my students said “This is definately Tier III”, compared to your other seminars for beginners and advanced painters. Tier III means it is really advanced content that I am teaching. Something that helps you, but also can make your brain explode in the beginning.

Well, it has been a great weekend and a beautiful start for this seminar with a great group of students.
Thank you all for your long years of trust in my teachings and your will and joy to learn from me.

We started Saturday with a lot of theory and analysis of the topic. In depth.
I was happy to see that my explanations and way of exploring the subject with my students worked well, so after a certain time we were able to start painting the newly won knowledge to a Games Workshop Miniature and some faces…

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“Workshops with Roman are always a great experience.
This was no exception from this.
Roman always manages to build a happy little painting family out of the student group, partly by his great teaching style, partly by pushing everybody out of their comfort zones. This helps a lot with understanding more advanced topics like skintone and faces. Furthermore, on the advanced workshops you tend to see familiar faces which also helps to form a bond with your fellow inmates:)

As this workshop was held by Roman for the first time, he also was a bit nervous on saturday (which was obvious as he was dressed up quite a bit) but everything went very smooth and the teaching concept proved very apprcochable. There were some mindblowing moments, as always but Roman managed to pull it all together for us. Also, Roman always managed to pull people out of motivational disasters, as always.

In this respect, I learned one very important thing: Trust the journey!

Lots of love goes out to Roman and all other fellows who have been there!

See you next time!”
– Flo

“Zunächst mal war die Idee superschön,
 mal einen kompletten Kurs auf das Malen von Haut auszurichten! Ich denke, damit triffst Du bei vielen ins Schwarze – entweder, weil sie Haut (oder bestimmte Hauttypen/töne) schwierig finden, oder – wie ich – einfach gern (nackte 😉 Haut malen und den Horizont erweitern würden. Vom Aufbau her war es auch sehr gelungen – eine gute Mischung von Theorie und viel Praxis. Die Inhalte waren extrem sinnvoll gewählt und ich denke jeder konnte was für sich mitnehmen, egal was die persönliche Zielstellung oder Mal-Entwicklungsniveau waren. Hier meine drei wichtigsten Ideen, die ich mitnehme und in Zukunft verstärkt machen will (neben vielen anderen Einsichten und Augenöffnungsmomenten):
  1. die Kontraststrecke vorher aufmalen (das kann ja nicht nur für Haut, sondern für alle Materialien sinnvoll genutzt werden)
  2. die zwei Untermalungsformen – das werde ich auf jeden Fall in Zukunft viel machen!
  3. Das Zusammenspiel Atmosphäre, Hautton und Kontraststrecke will ich in Zukunft noch mehr beachten – insb. Sansa und Davide vs. Goliath haben mich mal wieder extrem geflasht
Die Kursleitung war, wie immer, überragend. Immer freundlich, immer hilfsbereit, ab und an auch mal bestimmt – wie es sein soll! Du hast Dich dabei, auch wie immer, auf das unterschiedliche aber doch durchgängig hohe Niveau jedes Teilnehmers eingelassen und Dich auf die jeweiligen Ziele eingestimmt. Auch auf die unterschiedlichen Charaktere gehst Du extrem gut ein – Du weißt/siehst, wer mehr Zuspruch/Anleitung braucht, wer eher vor sich hin arbeiten will und zu Dir kommt, wenn er was von Dir will; auch in der Ansprache bist Du supergut auf die Leute eingegangen – Du weißt, wer einen “Spruch” abkann, wer ein bisschen unsicher ist und eher gelobt werden muss – die meisten kennst Du ja gut oder gar besser ;-), aber dennoch ist das eine tolle Fähigkeit als Lehrer!

Zu kritisieren hab ich nichts wirklich Profundes. Zwei Gedanken (die mir aber erst gekommen sind, als ich mich für diese Review nochmal hingesetzt und wirklich nachgedacht habe):
  1. Ich würde würde es beim nächsten mal vielleicht bei zwei, drei Trockenübungen (Farben mischen und auf Papier übertragen) belassen, nicht zuletzt, weil ja mehrfach betont wurde, dass sich Papier und Miniaturenoberfläche von der Wirkung der Farben unterscheiden. Die gewonnene Zeit würde ich dann in die (gemeinsame) theoretische Analyse von verschiedenen Hauttönen investieren – wie lese ich Haut, verschiedene Hauttöne, Licht/Schatten auf Haut, Hautdefekte/Unebenheiten, wie stelle ich feuchte Haut dar, etc.
  2. Für die Praxis-Übungen an der GW Figur kannst Du mal überlegen, ob Du die Figur in zwei oder drei Teile aufteilst (also ein Bein, Oberkörper, Arm) und an jedem einen anderen Hautton malen lässt. Evtl. auch zwei Köpfe mit unterschiedlichen Hauttönen, Alter, Mann/Frau, etc.? 

Die von Christian kritisch angemerkte Aufregung fand ich überhaupt nicht schlimm! Im Gegenteil. Man hat gemerkt, dass Du (ein bisschen) aufgeregt warst, aber das war überhaupt nicht unangenehm und Du hast weder gestresst oder gar unprofessionell gewirkt. Ich finde diese leichte (!) Nervosität am Anfang nicht nur nachvollziehbar; vielmehr signalisiert sie, dass Du Neues und Unprobiertes wagst, damit offen umgehst und uns als Teilnehmer ernst nimmst (sonst wärst Du ja nicht aufgeregt gewesen). Ich fand’s auch cool, dass Du Dich schick gemacht hast – auch Zeichen der Ernsthaftigkeit – nicht nötig aber ein schönes Symbol!


Insgesamt also ein für mich absolut gelungenes Wochenende mit ausschließlich schönen Momenten. Ich hatte, wie direkt schon am Wochenende gesagt, zwischendurch beim Malen wirkliche Glücksüberwältigungsmomente. Zwei davon sind mir noch sehr deutlich in Erinnerung: diese schöne Stimmung in der Gruppe, als alle fokussiert beim Malen waren; und zu sehen, wie sich die Büste in die Richtung entwickelt, die ich mir vorgenommen habe. War wirklich toll!”

– David

While painting for a long time,
sitting, focusing and concentrating it is important for a teacher not only to bring variety in the teaching concept, but also movement. So we had this thing going on to get our bodies active again and this time I challenged my students to try themselves in “Throwing stickers as far as you can!” … quite the challenge as they fly as they want 😀


Well,
Sunday arrived with new challenges concerning painting.
Applying everything so far learned to a bust of my students choice. Everybody was no able to see his color journey ahead of him and individually planned their skincolor, with my help if needed.

It was truely great
as a teacher to see the passed on knowledge take hold and work for each student on their individual skill level journey. They did not follow my painting or copied it, furthermore they used their own knowledge to plan and execute. Very special results for me as a teacher, while teaching this class for the first time, ever….

I can only say: Thank you!
It has been such a cool vibe and atmosphere with friends and students that you teach since almost a decade. It was great to see your results develop, but furthermore I was proud of you as you asked so good and deep questions about painting!

Keep on happy painting!
Yours,
Roman


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Review: Private Coaching with Kilian

By Massive Voodoo

Hello Jungle,
some weeks ago Kilian visited me for a two day private coaching in the MV-Studio. It was just like this …

… and I leave most of the words in this review to Kilian himself as he did a write up my words can not match.

“Hi, my Name is Kilian,
I’m 32 years old and I’m a mechanical engineer. You might think, what the hell, what am I reading here? I wanted to introduce myself, to make sure that you understand, that I come from a very technical background and I’m writing about something which brings up creativity and emotions from the bottom of my heart. You also have to know, that the following review is partly written for you, the readers of the MV blog and for Roman himself; because feedback is the most valuable input you get, as a human and as a teacher.

You must unlearn, what you have learned
– Yoda, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

In spring this year I was trying to figure out, what I wanted to do for a holiday this year. I’m not the lying-on-the-beach-doing-nothing kind of guy. So I decided to spend some time in Augsburg, with Roman to learn a few new tricks. We settled on a topic a couple of months beforehand. Or at least he settled on a topic. I told Roman, that I wanted to truly paint figures and not just put some paint on them. He immediately understood what I wanted to learn – good because at that time, I did not.

I decided to go full Roman,
right in the face mode and visited my second Beginners Class before the private coaching. I’ve already written a review of my first Beginner Class, so I knew what was coming towards me, and I had a figure with me that cost me a lot of headaches. It was absolutely joyful to watch all the other amazing students and how they did the workshop. All the revelations, and all the “no-no-no that is not how you do this”, which I had a year ago. It was also really cool to see how different all the Demonettes were compared to my workshop. During the class, Roman took very good care of me, answering all my questions, taking a lot of personal time and pushing me slowly to edge of my comfort zone bubble – and beyond it. The class got me in the right mood and my painter juices flowing. I couldn’t wait for the private coaching.

After a day off for both of us,
and a sleepless night on my side, we met at the MV studio to kick off my private coaching. Roman promised me that he would “destroy” me on the first day. It wasn’t as bad, I can tell you that, but it was very challenging. You know, I’m not a good painter on a canvas. I always hated it. I can’t to proportions or stuff like that. So I was looking forward to something like a material master class or the like, but Roman had other plans. We sat down, had some coffee, and he handed me the hand-out. “Jar’s Advanced Class” was written in large letters on the first page. I’ve read a lot of reviews in the past. And this class was the one I was afraid of THE MOST. I knew I had to paint that wolf at some point in the day. It scared me like shit! First things first, I had to mix some colours using the basic colours and my knowledge of the colour wheel – a task that was easier than I thought for me. Then came the wolf. Roman was comforting me a lot and helped me through the process of painting it. In the end, the result wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Before lunch the main topic of the coaching began – understanding and painting in atmosphere. Roman told me what this meant, and how to capture atmosphere, surrounding and lighting in colour and on the miniature – the essentials to tell your story on the miniature. I had to choose a setting for the wolf from a Fallout illustration book. I chose the Rad Storm, which meant my whole colour palette shrunk to basically browns and greens. It also meant that every colour the wolf had, had to be mixed to fit into that setting. The result and the progress were stunning. I understood what this atmosphere did to the colours and to the picture. The wolf in atmosphere looked almost better, then
without. It tells a story now – it had come to life.

Then we started with the workshop miniature, a guy from a Warhammer Underworlds warband. I chose my atmosphere and lighting colour and started painting the skin of the dude. Again Roman helped me with every question I had and was by my side when I needed him. But the more I painted the more I began to understand. Everything just came together. It is very hard for me to describe this feeling, but it all just made so much more sense now. I’m pretty sure fellow painters can relate.

This night my brain had a lot to process, so it meant another sleepless night for me.

The next day we finished the miniature by painting the leather, fur and hair. By that time I was really in the groove and found my painting mojo. It was like every question I had, I could answer by myself. I just needed the courage to do so and Roman taught me that. The last part was the metal on the miniature. Up onto this point I always did metal like, slap a bunch of paint on, wash it, edge highlight it, done. Roman taught me his true metallic metal painting technique but this was really hard for me. Metal is a strange material. For me it only makes sense when it’s painted fully and correctly. Before that it is just wrong. After that, you can see every little mistake you made and I had to correct those, so that the whole miniature made sense. Even today I’m practicing hard to get it right, but I think I’m getting the hang of it.

My workshop result:


Those two days of private coaching passed way too fast and I learned so much. Roman, I want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You’re such a good teacher and such an amazing person with a beautiful soul. Let no one take that away from you! You’ve helped me so much on my way as a painter and a person. I am humbled and honoured to call you my friend. You can be sure, you haven’t seen the last of me.


Yours truly,
– Kilian

If you want to learn from me
in your very own private coaching session, do not hesitate to contact me for further details via
jarhead—at—massivevoodoo—dot—com

2019 is closed in terms of private coaching and fully booked, plans for sessions in the first half of 2020 are in the making. I will be there for you and your personal growth as a painter!

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FM: Do you like cheese?

By Massive Voodoo

Good Morning Jungle,

Do you like cheese? Well, this little fella does.
I found this cute little mouse in a local art store for 1€ in a box with 50 others of its kind. I decided to create a unique one and paint it. It was a lot of fun.

 
For sale,
just in case you are in need of a cute Christmas gift:
https://www.romanlappat.com/uploads/RomanLappat_MiniatureArt_2017.pdf

Hope you like her!
Keep on happy painting!

For sale!
If interested, check back with my PDF cataloge:
http://www.romanlappat.com/uploads/RomanLappat_MiniatureArt_2017.pdf

Best Wishes
Roman

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Workshop Roadmap 2020 Update – Augsburg Seminars online!

By Massive Voodoo

Roadmap 2020 overview   
– here are the dates and topics for 2020. Red are upcoming seminars,
green
are the ones in the past. Check for the reviews on the green ones.

You can find so far enrolled student numbers behind the seminars.
All seminars in Augsburg will take place as soon as we got up to six students!

Actual planning on seminars in Augsburg, Madrid and New York for the first half of 2020.
As soon as information is available it will be linked in here.

First half of 2020___________________________________

Bern, Switzerland – Info Mail soon!
// 31st January – 2nd February 2020  3 day Beginner Workshop
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FM: Sister of Battle

By Massive Voodoo

Hey Jungle,
another miniature I enjoyed painting. This time from Games Workshop again. A classical concept in a fresh new look. She was great to be painted up.

Sister of Battle
Games Workshop, 28 mm

A quick video on how I painted the base is here:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B4Or0Aeo4u6/

In private collection!

Keep on happy painting!
Yours,
Roman

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FM: Fall in Franconia

By Massive Voodoo

Hola!

David writing. This is the most recent mini I finished.
Again in my favorite scale (1/72nd), and again a little figure swap project, this time for my good friend and creative powerhouse Andreas  – who gave me a beautiful and tiny samurai figure in exchange.
For these exchange projects I like to create figures and scenes that are somehow connected to the person I build them for. For this one, I was heavily inspired by the golden autumn light that I saw all around me these last two or three weeks. And since Andy is a proud son of the Bavarian region of Franconia, I wanted to portray a proud Frankish warrior walking through the autumny woods of his home, some time in the early 4th century A.D. (which was when the Franks were supposedly mentioned in Roman texts for the first time).
The mini is a slightly converted (to give it Andy’s hairstyle 😉 Germanic Warrior by Germania Miniatures; the tree is scratchbuilt from a twig, lots of Milliput, cotton wool and railway flock.

I am happy to say that Andy liked the figure and that we will do a figure swap again in the future!
A big thank you hug goes out to Roman for taking these wonderful pictures! I am sure you can see the difference between them and my usual stuff. But I will learn and improve!
Thanks and best,
D.

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Review: Scale Model Challenge 2019 – Three MV perspectives

By Massive Voodoo


Every year, 

on the third weekend of October, a little town in the Netherlands called Veldhoven is home to one of the world’s most amazing exhibitions/shows/contests/meetings: the Scale Model Challenge (SMC). On 19 to 20 October 2019, the SMC returned with full steam, seeing hundreds of participants from dozens of countries, who brought with them close to 2,000 models, figures, dioramas and vignettes to enter into a tough but friendly competition judged by some of the most prominent people in the hobby,

MV at SMC be like…

And, of course, the Massive Voodoo jungle was there – if not in full strength, since Josua and Roman could not make it. To give them – and all others who could not be there (or those who went but want to read a third-person perspective) a little insight into what they missed, Daniele, Hansrainer and David present in this little article their own thoughts about their experience on this weekend.

… but without the other jungle brothers, it felt like…

Of course, we also provide some pics of pieces that we found interesting, that portray what SMC is, or that moved us in a particular way. There is no way we could do justice to all of the exhibition pieces, so if you want to see a huge picture report, check the official SMC website!

So, without further ado, here goes…

Lots to see!
Daniele

Here I am, finally, I have the opportunity to tell you about my personal experience of the SMC 2019. Initially, I wasn’t supposed to go, but in the end, I was very happy to have done it. Together with Monte San Savino, I consider this show probably one of the most important in the world and in my humble opinion, I believe it is a unique event. Thousands of models, all of the highest level, from some of the greatest artists and modelers from all around the world. But, the thing that surprised me most about this event was certainly the commercial space. I didn’t count them, but I think I’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of stands, miniature producers, colors, and much, much more.

But the most incredible thing is not the number of stands, but the fact that they are all stands exclusively dedicated to the miniature’s world. In short, a real paradise for all miniature lovers, painters, sculptors, and collectors. While talking about the organization, I think it was really impeccable. Everything perfect, everything on time, a rare event. Really.

As always, the best thing when you go to an exhibition are not the models on display (which were incredible anyway) but always and only the people you meet and know. I was lucky enough to meet personally my friends and MV brothers  David and Hansrainer with whom I shared some really pleasant and amiable time. Unique people that make our hobby even more beautiful to practice and follow. Thanks, friends, I had a great time.

Personally I brought my small display,  which I won a Silver Medal in the Green Fantasy Category, but honestly, I didn’t even disclose it, because medals are always the last of satisfactions. The real prize was getting to know more and more people who have the same passion as me, who sacrifice time for this hobby, who dedicate love and passion behind this wonderful art.

What can I say …. see you next year! Thanks, SMC!

Daniele “Found” Trovato

 

Hansrainer

To me, SMC is probably my favorite event in the painting year. I love the venue, where everyone is together in the same conference hotel and where the exposure to the other painters and artists is the most intense.

This year was only my third time going there, but it was again a great weekend: From the classes one can attend (I had the pleasure of learning to paint from Andy Wardle and to learn a lot about self organisation and project handling from Tue Kaae) over the amazing commercial area where one can get lost perusing each of the dozens of booths and vendors of great art, miniatures, paint, brushes and all the other little things the painter and hoarder in me loves to the extremely high level contest with hundreds of exquisite models for every taste imaginable.

But there is more: Beyond the aspect of just being a show, the fact that everyone is huddled together in such a tight area is very conductive to meeting new people and forging bonds. Especially if you are a bit on the shy and insecure side of communication (as I tend to be), this is a great opportunity. 

My personal highlight this year was the Karaoke-Night in the bar on saturday evening – it brings people from all corners of the show together, be it painters, scale modelers, hobbyists, manufacturers or organisers of the event.

I am fan and I am looking forward to WME next year in Eindhoven!

Hansrainer

There was a scale model of the WTC, built by a teenager over the course of three years…

… it even included LED lights and a little waterfountain!

David
It was a fantastic weekend, jam-packed of incredible pieces of miniature art, inspiration, lots of laughter, joy and inspiration. I did not participate in the contest, having focused on expanding my unlimited assembly line of WIPs in the last months. But the contest is not what SMC is about for me. Most important are the friends I have made since I started this painting journey, both in the real world and over the wonderful channels that the internet provides. And SMC provides the chance to meet friends, old and new, all sharing the same interest. Be it in the exhibition room talking about the incredible paint-jobs, chatting over a cold one in the constantly packed bar, or participating in the legendary Karaoke sessions in the basement bar on Saturday night, there is so much time and space for exchange with friends from near and far. And, of course, the show also is a chance for MV to get together. Since Roman and Josua could not be there, it was all the cooler to finally meet my jungle brother Daniele for the first time in person.

Really cool display: Ducks of the World

But, of course, the show is – also – about the huge shopping area, and of course the exhibition pieces. I was extremely impressed to see the super-high technical standard and the complexity of miniature painting in the Fantasy figures category. However, I personally feel a bit overwhelmed by the development towards greater technical brilliance, larger and ever more complex minis, so I found myself spending more time with the historical figures area – and: the scale models. That’s something I enjoy a lot at SMC, that it’s not a figure or scale model show, but has both. I enjoy looking at greatly built model kits of planes, ships or tiny scratch-built motorcycles. And, as so often, I found that the pieces that left the biggest impact on me were dioramas and small vignettes, often in the historical section and including a scale model or two.

Telling stories in miniature: sweet and funny ones …

… as well as touching ones …

… dramatic action scenes …

… depicting life itself!

So, next time around, I will bring a few new projects! For one thing, these shows wouldn’t work if people didn’t bring their models. For another, I realized that I missed the tingle of excitement on Friday evening before the show and Sunday morning, when the prizes are announced. And: I will not only bring painted miniatures and the odd vignette, but I will also bring a scale model: a 1/144th scale airplane. Not sure yet which one it will be, but it will be there.

Some scale model goodness…

… and some fantastically painted soldiers in David’s favorite scale

And that’s another nice thing: next year the show will be back – if not in the classic SMC format (see below) – and I am already looking forward to it!

David

Roman
Well, my second year without being at the SMC. Sad. Really miss all my friends and painting family there and I am always in a little grief if I can not make it. Unfortanetely until the Studio Move is settled and through I am holding a little tight on the money I got available for travelling to painting events, but good news is: I will be at the World Expo next year …

Roman

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While the SMC is a yearly event and has been run by the fantastic team around Robert and Margot Crombeecke for many years now, 2020 will not have a “normal” SMC. Instead, the SMC-makers will host the World Model Expo (WME) in Veldhoven on the first weekend of July (3rd to 5th), 2020. This will be like the SMC on steroids with even more people, more models, more minis, and more awesome! The MV crew will be there for sure – and if you want to go as well, we strongly suggest you arrange for lodging somewhere in the Eindhoven area asap – hotel rooms at the WME venue (the same hotel where the SMC takes place) were booked out within the hour after registration opened. But if you can’t make it to Veldhoven in July 2020, don’t fret. We will write a report worthy of the WME summarizing our experiences; and in 2021 you might be able to make it – the SMC makers promise that the SMC will be back as we know and love it in October 2021!

All the best, the

MV Crew.

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News: Speedpainting & OSL Workshop in Madrid, Spain

By Massive Voodoo


Good Morning Jungle people,
I got invited by my good friend Alfonso Giraldes and the Miniature Art Academy to teach in Madrid, Spain again. Thanks to him and his team for all the help in organisation and language. Here comes all necessary information for those of you who do not want to miss this chance. I will teach two different one day Masterclass seminars. One on Saturday, one on Sunday.

Madrid, Spain
// 29th February 2020 1 day Speedpainting Masterclass
english language – 12/0 – Information PDF
Madrid, Spain// 1st March 2020 1 day OSL Masterclassenglish language – 12/0 – Information PDF

Location:Centro comercial chokomaite calle iglesia 17, 28411 Moralzarzal MADRID Spain

Please check back with the PDFs that are linked up to the Workshops. You can also find the charge for each seminar in the PDFs. If you book both, Saturday and Sunday there will be discount of 40,00 €.

The PDFs contain all necessary basic information. I am planning to sent out all necessary details for the workshops in the middle of December, as soon as I got 10 people signed up for each.
If you got more questions I happily answer them via email.

See further seminar describtions below, in my curriculum or via the PDFs.
Thank you!


If you want to sign up just write me an email to
jarhead—at—massivevoodoo—dot—com


A little more information & reviews on the seminars I teach:

Jar’s Speedpainting Masterclass

Instructor: Roman Lappat
Roman usually does not teach masterclass seminars, but when he does: These seminars focus on one subject, because they aim to teach you to master a certain topic. In this class it is all about speed, efficency and zombie hordes.

Find reviews here:
2018
Augsburg, german language 
Augsburg, german language
2017
Forchheim, german language

Jar’s OSL Masterclass
Instructor: Roman Lappat
Roman usually does not teach masterclass seminars, but when he does: These seminars focus on one subject, because they aim to teach you to master a certain topic. In this class it is all about light sources from objects and about the “how to” and “why” you can transport these into your projects. 

Find reviews here:2019
Hamburg, german language
Augsburg, german language
2018
Augsburg, german language
Augsburg, english language

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SBS: The Weird End of Capt.

By Massive Voodoo

The Weird End of Capt. James Hook

by 


“Many years have passed since Peter Pan left Neverland.
Peter is now a young adult, a career man, he’s married and he has two children.
During a Christmas holiday in London, Captain Hook, fervently searching his revenge, kidnaps Peter’s children, forcing Peter to come back again to Neverlands.
When Peter arrives, he is forced to assume the mantle of the “child in greenish tights” to fight his last challenge against Captain James Hook, who wants to kill Peter at all costs.
So in a challenge to the death, Peter and Captain Hook face off.
And just as Captain Hook is about to mortally hit Peter, Tinkerbell stops his hand, giving Peter the chance to strike the final coup de grace to the terrible Pirate”
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Hello painters,
this is Daniele, and today I would like to share my process to sculpting
my last personal bust
(truly 2 busts 🙂 )
So, be ready to follow me and discover the journey behing the magic of sculpting.

The Idea

I  Always have been fascinated by Peter Pan.
Since I was young.
I don’t know why…
..Neverland…
…Pirates…
…Children Flying…
…Fairies…

It’s my world.

One movie that in particular marked my life was “Hook” by Steven Spielberg (1991).

 I literally could write that movie word for word (also Robin Williams is my favorite actor).


Watching again that movie, the only part I didn’t like was Captain Hook’s Death.

He got eaten by the Crocodile.

No.

I want that Peter kills Captain Hook. No need intermediaries.
So I imagined an alternate end for Hook.
An alternative Death.

After a little brainstorming,  fed only by the desire to create and by my imagination, I started to create Peter Pan and Hook 🙂 🙂

The sculpting process

Sculpting this piece really challenged me.
Combine two busts and create a dynamic harmony isn’t simple.
But you know what I think: you need to do new things in order to be better.
Even if that way is absolutely difficult and hostile, for the first time.
Firstly I sculpted Peter Pan, which is not exactly a young boy, but a young adult (like Peter Pan in Hook).


Remember My Method: IFAM

Idea, Fun, Attempts, Mistakes
As I already discussed in my previous article “The Pinocchio”,  I will continue to say that I’m not very talented.

Isn’t a false modesty, It’s reality.

I’m not very talented, I’m mainly a strong stubborn person!

My secret is the stubbornness, not artistic talent.
I go into the process, into the flow, and I work and I made mistakes… … … until  I obtain a sufficient dignified level.
As I Always said:

1% is talent, 99% is hard work, persistence, consistency.

Unfortunately, people are not interested in the process: people are interested only in results, so often they don’t consider the amount of work and effort that an artist put into a single piece of art.


I put usually some wire on a piece of cork:

I used a bit of ciano-glue and magic sculpt to better fix all.

The first layer of clay is very important. You need to make sure it sticks very well on the armature.
Here I used some Super Sculpey Classic which is very soft and easy to manage (also more sticky).

After that, I baked in order to obtain more firm armature.
Then I attached some FIMO+Beesputty 

To firmly secure the structure I welded the arm’s armature with two pieces of wire (put inside the cork).

Remember: the more the armature is full of firmness the more simple is the sculpting process

Then I decided to set the pose in something like unstable (I imagined that Peter Pan was flying)

Basically, for this bust I used FIMO Professional + Beesputty Firm (50%, 50%) the famous mix from my friend Valentin Zak 🙂  But sometimes I added a tip of MixQuick Steadler, just to make the putty more sticky.

About The Face, I tried to create multiple versions.  Again, NOT TALENT, PERSISTENCY!


I think that I sculpted the face about 20 times, in order to obtain something that satisfied me
For correct and get better anatomy, simply I put some sausages of clay, then I smooth them with a simple clay shaper tool
I sculpted the Sword by Three different pieces of MAgic Sculpt, Then I attached on the right arm with some glue, in order to keed firmly.


I change every part of the bust in any moment. Just joke, play, have fun!


As you can see, I work always in front of one mirror (my friend Lucas Pina suggested to me), this helps me to see the sculpture differently.

Starting create Captain Hook, I baked to balls of Super sculpey original


Simply linked with some aluminum wire

Check the pose together
Same process: Sculpey Original, Baked, Fimo Liquid ,  Fimo+Beesputty

Just check anatomy before, I recommend to spend a lot of time in this process

To get more firmness on the structure I put a bit of original Sculpey under the bust

The Tinkerbell


Here I used some Apoxie Putty (similar to Magic Sculpt) to create different Hook’s version

Shaped using some sandpaper and Dremel

Put in a metal wire in order to work on it better
To create Tinkerbell, I used a little wire to create the armature and worked on the pose before

Sometimes I use some Turpentine to smooth all the surface. 
She’s about 25mm 🙁

So, what would you change now?

After every sculpture, I relax and judge my own work in a different way of seeing .
Some things that probably I would change:
-The right elbow of Captain Hook is in a very uncomfortable position. That is exactly what I wanted to obtain, but probably I think I pushed it too hard.
-Probably I would sculpt the drapery of the Hook Shirt more “sharply”.
-Peter Pan is looking is hand, because he’s in the moment while he’s understanding that he can hit Hook using his dagger. Probably this message is too hard to understand. My fault. 🙁
-Some Hook’s braids are too much static and attached to the torso, probably It would be better to sculpt more dynamic

 Limited Edition bust

The Weird End of Capt.James Hook 

(Peter Pan’s Revenge)

designed and sculpted 
by Daniele “Found” Trovato
58mm 
Super Sculpey Original
FIMO Soft + Mix Quick + Beesputty 
 Apoxie Putty
Magic Sculpt

This bust will be available only from 5 to 7 December 2019

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Final thoughts

This bust challenged me a lot. Every piece I tried to create something different, to push my skills over and over again
Remember:
“If you always do the things you already know how to do, 
you will never be anything more than what you are now”
                                                                 Daniele


THANK YOU ALL 🙂
Link and resources:
-Found Miniatures
-My Fb Page
-The Pinocchio article 
-The Ultimate Guide to Become a Miniature Painter

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