I painted a grizzled prospector. Too bad I missed his eyebrows and glasses, which should not be flesh-coloured. I wish I could paint zoomed in like the camera eye.
Other than the glasses and eyebrows, though, I'd say this looks pretty good for a beginner.
You cannot possibly be painting these miniatures without a magnifier...?
No, I'm not. I've tried, but I find it impossible to figure out where the brush is in relation to the miniature when I use a magnifying glass.
I have the same issue.
It is tricky, but it only takes a bit of practice. You can mount the miniature on a fly-tying clamp stand which you can get any any fishing store for low cost. Then you can use your free hand as a guide for your painting hand.
ADDING: Assuming you have a wearable magnifier or one that has its own stand and illumination. A hand-held magnifier would not be easy to use.
ADDING MORE: How you grip the brush will also inform how well you can put paint in a specific place. For most painting, you grip somewhere above the ferrule, the metal part. For fast sketch painting, you grip on the far end. For slow, deliberate strokes like the ones you'd use most of the time, you grip as close to the bristles as you can. You sacrifice any speed and a fair amount of linear control by gripping that close, but you gain precision.
Also, how perpendicular you hold the brush counts. Generally the more perpendicular the finer the detail you can manage, although again you lose on speed and some linear control.
I have moved to a wearable magnifier and it is AMAZING.
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