5 questions to Gus Kearns

Hey folks!

You are not alone! We are not alone! The hobby scene goes more and more bigger. I´m certain that there are more hobby nerds outside as we know. A lot of them are friends, they know each other, chat to each other - paint together. In these big bunch of boards, blogs and webpages some of them speaks to the community with daily (not us ;) ) or not daily threads and articles.  It is good how it is and more than this it supports the community in any way. 
With this new category "5 questions to ..." I wanna give some artists a voice to introduce themselves. Some of them have no own platform to speak to the community, some of them I would like to support with their doing because my feeling speaks to me, and the other one are simply good friends of mine. To keep it exciting you will find a lot of pictures by the interviewee in the articles and one or two special questions to maybe unexpected abilities or  approaches to parts of the hobby.

But before I will start with the article, I would like to give a small reminder on our first painting competition! The time is running, a lot of entries always received us and the prize pools getting bigger and bigger ;) So klick HERE to get more informations!

Today I would like to talk to Gus Kearns. I met him the first time on the Games Day in Cologne in 2013, later on again in Berlin to Matt Cexwish painting class. I was always impressed by his creativity in his miniatures. Then he shows me his artbook and was more stunned! But read it by your own ...

1. Hello Gus! Please let us start with some facts about you. Where are you from, how old are you and how long are you in the hobby?

Hey all, I'm Gus and I am originally from Sydney, Australia where I grew up until I was 14. I now live in football mad, Liverpool, UK with my family. I am 22 years old and have a part of the hobby for 11 years now.  Man, that's half of my existence on this earth!

2. How would you describe your way of doing in the hobby? Are there for example any models, themes, colours, products, techniques, special likes or anything else what you prefer?
Firstly I should state that I have had a preference for the Lord of the Rings miniatures for many years now. This is probably because I prefer miniatures sculpted with a more realistic anatomical style. The past few years I have been branching out from lotr and have been painting figures from Rackham to Warhammer.

At the moment my main artistic focus has to be on concept and story. I havefound that many things are secondary to the overall concept of a miniature; from the colours I choose, to the placement of the surrounding scenery.  For example, I wouldn't paint a miniature that is meant to be in a cave with
bright colours but I might add a few bright accents here and there if it added something to the overall story.

3. Additional to your sculpting and painting skills, your are a an artist with the pencil. When you paint your beautiful sketches in your artbook, what's going on in your mind? What importance does have drawing for you?
Haha, thanks Siggi. For me drawings are pure concept. Drawing is an immediate way in which I can translate the truth I see in the world around me into an art. And in that translation I try to remember what I have learned about the subject I have drawn.  Drawing has helped me in better understanding colour and light. It is also very relaxing.

When I sketch down an idea for a scenic base for a miniature, I can play around with the composition of the scenery to my hearts content without having to worry about wasting time. And I know that I am on to a great
conceptual idea before I have even started work in the figure.

4. You are a good mate by our blogger John aka 'darkmessiah'. Please tell our european followers some facts about the british painting community. 
Having been brought up in OZ It is great to live so close to Warhammer World, headquarters and the heart of Games Workshop. Also, through the weekend workshops held up here in Liverpool, John has introduced me to many amazing UK and European painters. I have been so lucky to have moved here of all places.
But there are cons too.  I do get the feeling that the UK has a smaller dedicated painting community than those in Europe which is unfortunate.

5. How would you explain the hobby to a stranger and what is it what keeps your heart burning for the hobby? 
I love this hobby because it is an art form which involves so many different skills; from sculpting, to painting, to basing and visual storytelling. Once I get tired of sculpting I can get involved in the painting side of things and visa versa.

Here is your place for any last words to our followers:
Keep up the painting all! As my Italian and German friends would say, ciao!

Thanks a lot Gus!

If you want to see and know more about Gus Kearns check out his

Contest Reminder!!

OK folks! A little over a week left in our first online painting contest!

We have received a lot of great entries, but we know that more are out there waiting to come out!

Shake a leg, and send in your entries! Many great sponsors are backing our little contest, and we have a lot to give out! Expect a post soon showing off some of the prizes!

Not to mention the custom made trophies for the main category top 3 winners!

So what are you waiting for?!?!?! Click on the image up top, and enter today!!!! Plenty of time left to finish off that last project sitting on the desk! :)

Robots ... #3

Hey folks! 

Here comes my third part of my robotic creation. The most colors are finally on the base. As next I would like to show you how I finished everything. If you  missed the first two parts, klick HERE for Part#1 or HERE for Part#2. 

This was how my creation looked after I finished the "actors" and the base. But what does a good artist need to do his job? Correct! Colors and other tools to paint.

 At least my creation needed more details for a good storytelling. With more or less easy tools and methods I created some color cans, oil tubes and cOILa cans. For the most parts I used plastic card sheets and tubes.
Sorry for the bad pictures. It isn´t easy to take shape pictures on these small parts, only with a mobile.

I used metalfoil to create the newspaper. 

The black parts in the front are parts from an old computer.

At least: Paint it!  

Before I start to paint small freehands I always try to sketch it near the place where it should be placed later on. It is a good practice and I can controll better the size of the motive. Then I always use very thin colors to do the first lines of the freehand. thin because it is always easier to clean it after I did errors at painting.

The competition time is over. At the moment all entries will be showed day by day on the Massive Voodoo blog. You can find my entry in the third part HERE at least. But I really recommend you to watch out all other entries. In the end there will be around 40 entries! The creativity is awesome and it makes much fun to watch them all :)

As next and last part I will show you the final pictures of the diorama. So stay tuned and watch out out blog! 

So enjoy your day .....

but don't forget our own painting competion. Around ten days left! Don´t miss is it ;) 

For more information klick HERE.

"Redbeard!" Part1

Hey miniature fans out there,

Here are the first staps of my project "Redbeard" for a nice painter friend, Sara aka Saruxaxa.
It all starts with the miniature "Derkin" by Nocturna.

Very nice sculpted and very great copy. I definitelly will order more miniatures by the.
Next step was the idea for the base. I normaly take the miniature in my hand and play in my mind with places where this miniature could work great.
And for this project I choosed a very special idea, the "flying islands" from the movie Avatar.

I build a round plinth for this idea with a hole in the middle. The scene should be big but looking "light". So take a look, and let my know what you think about.

 ...and primed...

Enjoy the weekand and stay creative! And don't forgett our competition ;-)

Good luck!!!

Robots ... #2

Hey folks!

Today I will show you my next steps in painting on my project by the Forged Hope Contest by Massive Voodoo. If you have no clue what I'm talking about check out my first part HERE

After my concept for the cration is clear and everything is built, it's time for paint! The base should fell in the backround. Later on there shall be two actors and a lot of details on the base, so that it is very important to keep the viewers eye on all these main attraction. And here are the ladies:

For the basic colors of the robots I used my airbrush. I took the two contradictory colors blue and orange to get a good contrast later on. 
For more contrasts I took a brush to get more brighter and darker colors in it. With a sponge and a detail brush I created the weathering effects. 

A primed base looks always looks good for a good first result, and works good for the motivation to move forward. 

The coloring of the base is based on wet in wet painting. Brings fun, and always a good result. The colored dots were experiments. For that I choosed the same colors, which one I used in the bots. The idea was to bring more focus on the actors later on. 

Here will start one of my facourite parts of the project. The painted picture of the orange robot. At first I did some small sketches of my motive. With some easy lines I began to bring the picture on the canvas. 

With more and more darker lines and some blendings the picture getting more to the end. 

The picture should looks unfinished, because the blue bot #A.R.T.1 is in the current progress of painting. 

My bots got a visit of good friends while their was in  progress. Arne aka 'Sleipnir'
came over for a small painting jam. That meeting was very motivationsl for both of us, and both projects got a massive boost!

#A.R.T.1 got more and more details. 

The green stripes was a first color schema, but I decided to paint them in a darker red. The green one looked good, but on the whole scene it would be to intensive. It would catch to much focus on all. Every time you paint a miniature take an eye on the whole creation. You should know, which part shall get the most attention. 

Our main artist is finished. The modell also and colors and grass are on the base. In the next part of Robots ... I will show you how I created the details and my last steps on finishing. 

Take it like #A.R.T.1 and go to your brushs! Stay tuned and enjoy your day!

all the best