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Posts posted by CashWiley

  1. On 11/29/2018 at 10:15 PM, Inarah said:

    I know everyone has forgotten about this, so here is a reminder: your card is due in the mail Dec. 1. Or as soon as you can get it finished.   I know everyone has Reasons (tm) why they are not finished, let's focus on getting the cards made and mailed soonest.  :) 

    Oooops, yeah. Just wrapped up a big project at work that sucked all my motivation since August (outside of a couple figure drawing sessions (that I co-host, so I had to go), I haven't been doing anything at all). PM me your address and I'll get a card out to you, thankfully I'm back in the studio working on a couple things!

  2. 6 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

    Oct 30:  Many real Earth cultures have influenced fantasy art, literature, and games; what is your favorite culture to paint, read, and/or play?

    The Oneida Nation is my favorite as an adult, though I identify with the Nordic tribes, personally.


    Check out Robert Griffing's work, it's stunning and inspires me greatly. Here's my favorite, sums up so much, so well.


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  3. 2 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

    Oct 26-28 Weekend Quest

    When was the last time you met someone new?  Did you like them, why or why not?
    Introduce yourself/talk to someone you don't know this weekend and tell us about it?

    Every day, since I work with the public. I talk to just about everyone I meet, though, so I'm constantly meeting people everywhere I go.

    Stems from my worldview, I consider everyone friends until I have a reason not to. So I'll joke around and help out and whatnot. It just makes life better when the world is full of acquaintences and it helps bring out the best in people around me, focusing on commonalities rather than differences.

    The last person I met that will likely progress beyond casual conversation was an artist at figure drawing last week. Been wanting to meet him for a few months now, as I've seen his work in a number of exhibits I've been in and he's consistently one of the better artists. His sketchbook is insane, filled with amazing pen and ink work.

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  4. 4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

    Oct 25: How plan/schedule oriented are you?

    Life always goes better when I have a plan. I'm an improviser, but I like to have a solid plan (or three) in place for just about everything I do. 


    Schedules, not so much. I always sketch out schedules but I'm usually too in-the-moment for them to stick long. And I am naturally resistant to restrictive scheduling, which goes back to my being an improviser.

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  5. 4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

    Oct 18:  The world is too negative lately; post something positive to make us smile today.

    Don't dwell on the negative stuff. It's always there to one degree or another. Don't listen to biased news sources and get off facebook.


    There is as much wonder and beauty in the world as there ever has been, and there is a great deal of interest in convincing you there isn't. I don't have to post something to make you smile, your life is full to bursting with it. If you look.

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  6. 16 minutes ago, Morihalda said:

    I love your space!

    .... I can't believe I still haven't unpacked my hobby lights!!! I don't even know where they are. :down: 

    Thanks, Mori! Your art is off to the left of the hobby desk, out of frame (along with one of Jess's prints). I've got to frame them soon and get them up on the wall, proper!

    Go get out those lights and be awesome! BASK IN IT! :D

    Anyway, the Internet is deceiving, as you know. I'd a really terrible room, gross carpet (I use throw rugs so my feet don't get mildewy) and an acoustic tile drop ceiling that's caving in from lack of support. That's why I was going to remodel it over the summer before I spent that money going to the ARA (worth it, heh). I'm trying to make it a more creative space but the floor and ceiling, plus the tight space, makes it tough.

    And if I want to work on different stuff, I need to move everything around first. Just for my graphite, charcoal and oils I have around five or six configurations depending on reference/subject (still life, video, books, flats, etc). Sucks some motivation out when I have to spend time rearranging everything, putting away the previous stuff and getting out the relevant stuff, just to switch to a different project. It does tend to keep me focused on one project, I guess. Until I stall like I have with my charcoal selfie....

    But I love it in spite of all that. Nothing in the world is perfect, and the ability to have the space and time to create is a massive blessing in our lives.

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  7. On 10/12/2018 at 8:19 AM, TaleSpinner said:

    Oct 12, 13, 14: Weekend Quest

    • What does your work station/studio look like? Take a picture this weekend and show us.
    • If it is messy, for extra credit, clean it up after taking the picture and take/post an after picture. :)

    My current workspace usually centers on my drafting desk or easel. My hobby desk is out of frame to the left in the first pic. Not by much, it's a tiny space!




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  8. 4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

    Oct 15: What aspect of the hobby do you like the most, i.e., the thing that lifts you up and keeps you going through the rough spots.

    When you finally make it to the detail phase of painting, to be specific. In general, I like painting minis but dislike every other part of the hobby (prep/prime/basing/painting bases...even base-coating is suspect imo). I've mentioned before, basing is why I ended up trying to learn to paint in 2d :D 

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  9. I've tried twice to get into the series and it just doesn't grab me. And I generally love open world games. Not sure why, things just never gel for me while playing and I immediately jump to something else. This made me risk averse to the series, which means I don't buy them on release and then forget about them by the time they're at a reasonable price.

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  10. 5 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

    Oct 5, 6, 7: Weekend Quest

    What is the oldest, rarest, and/or most valuable mini you own?

    Have you painted it?
    Find said mini (painted or not), take a picture, and post it here for us to admire.

    I still own the first miniature I bought, my best guess is 1979ish (probably 4th or 5th grade). It was a Tom Meier elf for Partha. It's...see better days. At some point I want to paint the new cast from the KS...




    As far as rare minis, I have a few artist-cast or small run minis from a few people. My KD metal white speaker is fairly rare. I have some cool McVey minis from their unfortunately short run, some that never made it into production that I got as a prize for their only painting contest. Also I have a few non-commercial minis from KD:M in resin.

    Most valuable, not sure. Probably an older KD mini, the Scribe or something. 

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  11. 6 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

    Oct 4: Almost all children draw for fun...but most kids give it up at some point; did you? If so when?

    If not post a picture of a recent work for us to enjoy. (TGP)

    I made a half-hearted effort at art when I was a kid, it fizzled out in high school. In January 2016 (a few months before I turned 46), I decided to give it another shot. It's...difficult. Also, it's why I haven't been painting minis in the last couple years.

    Here's my current work-in-progress on the easel, self-portrait in charcoal 18x24:


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  12. 5 hours ago, redambrosia said:

    Thursday, September 27: Many of us seem to have worlds in our heads, which inform the miniatures we paint. Given the talent and desire, what format would you want your world presented to the rest of the world in? (Film, book, animation, stop motion animation, picture book, etc)

    I mean, it was so difficult to portray in miniature (mostly due to my lack of basing skill) that I decided to learn how to paint classically in oils :D

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  13. On 9/18/2018 at 4:53 AM, redambrosia said:

    Tuesday, September 18: 

    Where do you get most of your home decorations?

    I don't really decorate my home, didn't get that skill from my mom (who people beg to be an interior decorator). So most of what passes for decoration is stuff I've drawn or painted, hanging on the walls.

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