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  1. CashWiley

    Getting To Know You July

    I've been lucky to meet a number of them. Probably my favorite was James Gurney. I showed up early to an opening of an exhibit he had (he only lives a few hours from here) with my fiancee, and he had just arrived and was goofing off for photos by his wife. I introduced us and we immediately hit it off, talking about painting. His wife and my fiancee both gave long-suffering sighs, and that was pretty much how most of the day went. James and I nerded out about art and life for a while and then his wife pulled him away for the talk he was to give, with signing after. After he gave the (excellent) talk and I got my books signed (I got in first, because I was walking over to the table with him and he laughed at my collection of so many of his books), I went to browse the gallery. Then he showed up and we went right back into nerding out over his stuff, I was asking him so many questions but he loved it and kept moving to different paintings to illustrate (heh) his points. My only regret was that it was before I started traditional art. There is so much more I'd have loved to ask him now! I imagine he'll have another big show around here at some point, and I'll have another fun afternoon of annoying our significant others. He's my model of what a person should be. Intelligent, humble, sharing, good-natured and endlessly curious.
  2. CashWiley

    Getting To Know You July

    Usual stuff in the pockets. Wallet, keyring, phone, knife. I'm surprised at the low amount of pocket knives, I can't imagine not having it on me! Backpack has the laptop and/or tablet, various cords to support all the things, headphones, books (usually anatomy or drawing), pencil case and sketchbook.
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    Getting To Know You July

    Swimming and ice cream, in that order. I'm saving for an inground swimming pool.
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    Getting To Know You July

    Tilapia. Pizza.
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    Getting To Know You July

    I don't have that kind of time to waste, really. I tend to watch series on Netflix or DVR when I have a spare hour every few days, one episode at a time. Rewatching Stargate:SG1 took me over a year, and I usually only watch one series at a time :D
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    Getting To Know You July

    My initial idea of skin tones comes from early ad&d art and the Floquil Polly S line of AD&D paints.
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    Getting To Know You July

    I have a couple display cases. One is a cheap shotglass display case from a hobby store. It works, but it's cheap. The other is a stair-stepped platform with an acrylic rectangle top, I think for those funko things. That's pretty decent, I keep that one on my desk and have WIPs and primed stuff in it to keep them from getting dusty. I've used a tablewar tray (magnetized bases) to display some minis in a fine art exhibit, but the lighting was horrid and nobody really understood what they were.
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    Getting To Know You July

    Doc, we used to take the gunpowder from shotgun shells to make bombs. When my buddy and I decided we had outgrown action figures, we popped their heads and fulled them with powder, used firecracker cords to light em. Good times, can't believe I have all my fingers. Our version of 'war' was also with bb guns (with a "1 pump" rule that every ignored and used 10 pumps), bottle rockets, firecrackers and roman candles. I laugh at the safety stuff kids today have to live with. The 70s was one giant rusty jagged exploding death trap for kids. And it was awesome.
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    Getting To Know You July

    There was one time I was in FL for spring break with my band's bassist. We were staying at one of those 2-story horseshoe-shaped places with a pool in the center. I had spent the bulk of our money on a massive box of fireworks on the trip south, good tube projectile stuff. I kept climbing up on the roof, lighting a couple off, and jumping off the roof into the pool. Stuff like that was every day kinda stuff for me back then. It's why I'm happily boring now, I'm just happy to be alive. I still get the urge all the time, but just chuckle to myself. The old lady will side-eye me and say "you're thinking of [jumping off that, etc], aren't you?" :D
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    Getting To Know You July

    No. Egregiously so. In formal settings, yes.
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    Getting To Know You July

    My goal this year has been narrowing my art focus to portraiture. In addition to the painting class I've been taking for 5 semesters now, I've taken an online course and am enrolled in another online course, as well as various adjunct lessons and books, all focused on head drawing. I'm bringing in a color course in a couple months to improve my portrait painting. I just won the regional fine art exhibit Best in Show with my first original (and third overall) charcoal portrait, so objectively I'm on track. In reality, I'm just scratching the surface of a very deep mine of information. But I'm pretty happy with my progress thus far and confident in my plan for the rest of the year. I'm a believer in plans and skills development. Figure out what you're really interested in, then chart a course to get there. Constantly evaluate your progress and target your weak spots, don't turn a blind eye to them.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    Eyes. Yes, but I don't know where they are. It was a bombshell mini, the results were...interesting. I was able to fix it and she ended up decent. STILL NOT BASED :D
  13. CashWiley

    Artists Trading Cards?

    I don't do Reapercon, so it's no sweat for me. And I draw more or less every day now, so slotting in time for a card is a nice changeup. I'm not a theme guy, drives the local galleries nuts. So...themeish :D
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    Artists Trading Cards?

    I want in on this, not sure how many times I need to mention it over the years :D
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    I'll call my next one vuistje :D Mjolnir is an adequate hand sledge, but it's cheaply made and has already split. I have to go through my grandfather's tool bin and see if there is another light head (5lb), I'd rather just get a nice hardwood stick for an older head. Now I'm curious as to how many hammers I have, I'm not I'm even able to find them all to count. Dozens, for sure. I like having appropriate tools at hand...
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    Lots. I've got one of most major types, and multiple weights and styles for many of them. I kinda want a nylon hammer, since I need something between metal and rubber. My favorite (Mjolnir, of course), is a 5# sledge.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    Academic drawing.
  18. CashWiley

    Hasslefree Miniatures kickstarter

    Got mine! So much goodness.
  19. CashWiley

    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    I also would like to try out oils on minis, since my studio is currently geared up for oil painting. I should probably prep and prime one to work on between 2d stuff while I have paints and brushes out.
  20. Magda from Afar is so great! I got the old wizard from this one. Kudos on the t-shirt, wish I had gotten that one. I have the originals, one in black/dk grey and one of the misprinted teal on teal (which is my ovarian cancer awareness day shirt!).
  21. CashWiley

    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    You know my list is extreme! I'll try to hit a few highlights...mostly on youtube: Proko - Stan Prokopenko's free content and vlog. My favorite! SO MUCH quality education. He's a silly dude and the theme music will make you crazy, but it's top notch drawing education FOR FREE. Cesar Santos - Great inspiration and phenomenal talent. Best sketchbooks in the universe, though the raps...yeah. He has fun. Jeff Watts - Stan's teacher. Lower content, but very inspirational talks. I watch Jeff's "How to Train to Become a Successful Working Artist" at least once a year because it rekindles the dedication every time. Florent Farges - The French Bob Ross, so soothing to watch. For a long time he was doing regular live stream painting with chat, very relaxing and informative, as you could ask him questions while he worked. Tons of great painting instruction on his channel. Paul Foxton - A Munsell color instructor, another very soothing channel. So much information, Paul is an absolute gold mine and I encourage you to check him out, as his color methods benefit everyone, including mini painters. He still does little popup FB livestreams now and again, as well as webinars. Fabulous guy, very knowledgable, kind and funny. James Gurney - I think we all know James here, everyone's best Art Dad. Again, a very informative, kind and funny guy. Follow his blog, too (gurneyjourney). Zin Lim - Charcoal portrait master, lots of time lapse work. CroquisCafe - My go-to resource for figure drawing. Draw Mix Paint - Mark has some decent content, but he's a bit of an odd bird and really pushes his product line as solutions for a lot of things. I sub to a bunch more, but those are my core set and tend to update regularly and/or feature more useful content.
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    Cash's 2018 Art

    That last piece just won Best in Show at the Regional Fine Arts Exhibition... ...which should get me enough to cover materials and framing for the last 5 projects! Nice!
  23. CashWiley

    Zombicide: Green Horde

    Welp, I found a 'sign for' notice in the box today, so it looks like one trip to the PO tomorrow should snag mine. I don't think I have anything else incoming from sign-for lands.
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    Getting to Know You, June 2018

    I try to never make fun of someone for not knowing how to pronounce a word, because often it just means they're a reader. And your husband is wise in the ways of people. I'm too old for the desk toy generation, but I keep two brass Egyptian cat statues on my desk (lacquered black, one on a wooden coffin). I also have a small frame where I rotate in my latest art print.
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