Sketchbook 2016 added to the gallery page

Contrast Miniature’s first year marked the start of many explorations into methods of painting. I found that I liked the concept of sketching on miniatures and used some form of sketching in all my work going forward. So I thought it would be fun to share a collection of all my sketches for the year. Here they are… some are in black and white others in unadulterated color. Still others are gestural sculptures.

I hope you will enjoy this year’s sketchbook!

“The Dark Harvest” Gallery is Live!

Dark Harvest from Contrast Miniatures by Matt DiPietro“Deep below the earth, where the light cannot reach, lurks a twisted thing. Over centuries, it has grown on blood and sacrifice to wrap its roots around the heart of the world. And it is said that when the millennium turns and the kingdoms of man are ripe, it will bear a single fruit.” 


“Bloodstone” Gallery is Live!

Bloodstone Diorama from Contrast Miniatures by Matt DiPIetroMy first foray into the art of diorama. This idea lived in my head for many years ever since I painted the first versions of the models for the Privateer Press Studio. The canyon lands of the American south west are like a siren’s song to an Artist. They are ancient, lonely, and beautiful. The canyons remind me of my true scale in the world. They humble me with their scope through space and time. I love them for that reason.


“The Forest Guardian” Gallery!

The Forest Guardian from Contrast Miniatures by Matt DiPIetroThis is an older piece painted in 2011. I fell in love with her and the subtle details achieved by the sculptor Yannick Henebo. I shifted the pose forward to reinforce the forward motion and added real feather fletching to the arrow. A tutorial of the feather work can be found HERE