Lawrence of Arabia

I have, in recent times, become convinced that where painting and finishing is concerned, figure modelling is at the pinnacle of current achievements, ahead of other genres. The jaw-dropping skill I see coming out of Europe and the Far East, astounds me. Some of it is now tantamount to ‘photographic’ in its realism and I greatly admire all those who practice in this area.

Coupled to that, if I have a modelling regret, it’s the domination of the hobby by men, with too few women by far engaged in it.

So, it is with great pleasure that I have the privilege of featuring the stunning talent of Maria Alberta Iaia who has kindly offered ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ for my guest models slot. Maria is currently honing her already advanced skills under the tutoring of Emilio Rajani and hopes to achieve ‘Master’ status by the end of this year. I have no doubt she’ll more than achieve her aim and I look forward to what comes next from the MAI stable.

This, in Maria’s own words:

“I have always had the passion for modeling since I was little, basically I started with LoTR in 1999 when I was only 6 years old. Then, I started painting seriously recently on 2016 with Warhammer: Skaven, Sylvaneth and Orks. Since 2017 I have decided to take lessons and began painting both historical and fantasy with my master Emilio Rajani.”

In reference to her WIP images:

“I only use acrylics and black primer with the ultra matte varnish of AK.
As you can see I always start with the eyes, they will give me a more wide vision of the model itself and its expression for the future steps. Then I start to paint the skin using the layering technique, not the blending one. The black primer helps me with the shadows as they are already there, all I have to do is to keep layering from bottom to top many times, slowly shortening and shrink the lights.

Once the face is done I can continue my project with the turban (which I decided to make red) and the garment with white and yellow stripes. Even here I used the same layering technique, in the first step I could set the first lights then increasing them with brighter colours until pure white.

I mainly use Vallejo colours, only the red I chose two tones from Andrea Colours which are Blood Red and Prussian Blue. Once the garment and turban are done the only thing to do is to make some details, as you can see, I decided to follow the box art and make some seam on the shoulders and darker lines on the white stripes to emphasise the creases of the vest.”


Finished images.




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