|SpongeBob SquarePants, work-in-progress on his skin tone|
|Baaa Baaa Baaaaa ... a laugh to end all laughs|
One of the best models I have for this purpose is the Nickelodeon Best Friends kit comprising SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, of which the latter has been completed thus far. After a lengthy seven months in cold storage, this mini-diorama was pulled out and dusted off for work to continue, starting with SpongeBob's skin tone. At first glance, it does seem as if not much work has been done. Nothing could be further from the truth. Believe you me, many hours were spent patiently applying ever lighter hues of yellow to create a smooth texture on his skin. Yellow is a notoriously difficult colour to work with especially when armed with only a normal brush of the 'non-air' variety.
|Light yellow highlights on all edges of the sponge|
|Olive green shadows inside the sponge holes|
|Nickelodeon Best Friends Diorama, work-in-progress with Patrick completed ...|
|... and SpongeBob with only his skin tone done so far|
Sadly, I don't have many figures of this ilk in my collection. Don't get me wrong. I still love painting miniatures with wonderfully sculpted details. But there are times when one needs to enjoy the simpler forms of the hobby and the Nickelodeon mini-diorama was the perfect go-to piece in this case. I'm loving how this piece is coming together and hopefully will be able to finish it before the year-end. Now if only someone could get SpongeBob's high pitched laugh out of my head. Baaaaaaaaaaa ...