You get him, girl!!
Question... is it a carrot? Looks like one... but I was unsure! Hehehe! I know you will be an awesome painter, because you are your own worse critic already! The clips seem fine to me... you don't want them too shinny.
Your model is what I call a 'reverse focus'. You see, miniature painting is about 'tricking' the observer into believing that the tiny model is 'actual size'. You normally have a focal point, and everything else is complementary to it. Usually this focal point is something bright (usually red) or out of context. Further more, on a humanoid model, the focal point tends to be the eyes.
Your model is VERY interesting because the focal point is the eyes... or LACK of eyes! They are not symmetric, which immediately draws the observer's (mine) attention. From there my mind goes to the face... the 'unnatural' leather flesh with tiny hints of blue (VEINS!!!) is somewhat... dirty. My mind is barely wrapping around it, and thus other elements are 'faded' away. Very unconventionally, you have 'reversed' what is expected from the observer... and we enjoy a full illusion.
On a 2nd look, I would paint the neck-brace the same green of the bustier... but do NOT touch the face! Luck or raw talent (I insist on the 2nd!)... it is brilliant! Very gore spooky, without chessy blood. Many of us spend decades trying for that. For what I concern, you can brag you did it at least once in your life! The rest of us would continue to plan your assassination in pure envy.
Anyhow... that is what I don't notice the same things you do. You have an idea in your head, and you see it form with paint. I just see the 'end' result... so far is wonderful! The focal point 'masks' errors or noon essential details. If you 'fix' the staples, then they become a focal point which diminish the illusion.
Sure you could fix the carrot... but the most important thing is to BASE the model. Easy to do! Take some PVA (wood) glue (2 or 3 drops) in a piece of cardboard or plastic (paint tray) and mix in 2 drops of water... mix with a toothpick. Thake the runny mix and apply to the base. Then 'dip' the base of the model in sand (fine sand will do best)... remove and tap the excess out. After it dries, you may want to use a brown or black wash (ink). It will go in the crevices. Let dry (important) for at least 15 mins (1 hour best) and then dry-brush with grey. You could add sporadic static grass (brown) if you have some... for that graveyard feel! To complete the model, paint few traces of blood where the corpse she is holding have been dragged. It will give 'motion' to the model.
Whatever you do... PLEASE share! Love to see your work.
PS: You still owe me a story... hehehe.
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