So, let us talk inspiration. Of course I perused the D&D players handbook in the gnome section for what they typically look like and wear...that was good. I didn't have to do that, I just chose to. With that said, D&D reports that gnomes are brownish skinned with fair hair and blue eyes; they enjoy to wear earth colors and like adornments on their clothing and gems. Yeah, I know, I sound like gnomes are real. But, what if they are? We wouldn't want to insult them.
Here are the three gnomes I worked on:
She has straw colored hair and very light blue-gray eyes. Went with gold accents on neutral/natural colors. Wanting her staff to stand out, I kept it black and made the gems a bold red. My favorite part is the set of keys in her braid at the back. ;-)
Marius BurrowellThis gnome has character to spare! His face is so full of gesture. Because gnomes are so compact, I wanted to keep things very simple and keep the colors to a minimum. I think the key in smaller proportioned figures is to pick a couple objects and make them stand out and keep the others rather subdued.
I love the devilish brilliance in his eyes so I made them a bright blue in the same color as his sash. The spiked shape of his collar prompted me to choose a earthy red for his shirt. Again, keeping it simple I chose a grayed-orange yellow for his pants and dark brown for boots. All the focal point should be in his eyes and magical feat. I am considering adding a little sparkle to his flames...not sure yet.