Here is Acererak the Lich, a hideous villain I painted tonight. This one took me quite some time, because for the first time I followed an official tutorial and used each of the recommended paints and washes in turn. I like the crown and face and the robes, but I'm not a fan of how the staff turned out; there are supposed to be two visible skeletal hands clutching it, and I just couldn't squint hard enough to find the detail I needed to find to highlight them properly. Still, not bad, I guess, and it was a good exercise.
Time to invest in a magnifying work light.
Definitely! You can get the ones you wear, or the ones that clamp to your desk.
Squinting when painting has a definite purpose: you're trying to block out detail and see major forms. Squinting to see more detail rather than less is going to lead to pain.
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