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Pingo last won the day on October 13

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  • Birthday 06/06/1966

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    Science fiction, Doctor Who, Jim Henson, history, roleplaying games, fine art and art history, architecture, geology, paleontology, clothing and costume, random bits of whatever catches my fancy.

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  1. I sympathize. Unfortunately, in this case the aggressive ads are a reflection of the sketchiness of the site. I wouldn’t trust a Bleeding Cool article’s advice and I won’t give them clicks under any circumstances. Here’s a more sedate, reputable site’s explanation of the copyright problems with fan art — which, the article says, is generally tolerated as it is at a low level and not majorly cutting into the IP owners’ profits, unlike flagrant violations like this Kickstarter: https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2010/05/13/the-messy-world-of-fan-art-and-copyright/ The article I linked just above says that the tipping point usually is when the art becomes commercial, which is to say if it is sold, sponsored, or supported by advertising. So yes, Artists’ Alley artists are violating the law if they are selling images of someone else’s intellectual property. There is, as the article says, some leeway and tolerance going on, as long as the commercial activity is at a low level. None of that is anything to do with this Kickstarter, however, which is blatantly commercial and crosses the line so hard it’s not even close to an edge case. ETA: Uh, oops, sorry, missed the last post while composing this one. I’m done with this.
  2. See the 1992 Rogers v. Koons case. Jeff Koons lost, hard, after he copied a postcard photographer’s work in sculpture form without permission. He made all kinds of excuses, but the judge said no dice.
  3. That’s not how trademark works. That’s not how copyright works. This doesn’t just look sketchy. It is sketchy. I wouldn’t touch this project with a ten-foot belaying pin.
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    A question of scale

    Oh, also posters tend to be way bigger than we expect. They need to be, to be visible. You know that famous Toulouse-Lautrec poster of the man with the scarf, the one Tom Baker allegedly based his Doctor Who costume on? 54 inches high, almost five feet tall, and a meter wide. And I've seen even bigger old French posters, gigantic in the original. Unless you're doing posters from punk bands that were limited to the size of 8.5x11 inch photocopies, posters are gonna be big.
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    A question of scale

    In theory 28mm scale figures are alleged to be more or less 1/48, but as you've discovered things are complicated. Old school minis, 25mm scale, were supposed to be about 1/64, and farm toys at that scale still look pretty good next to them. The toy cars I use with minis are 1/48 scale because 1/64 Matchbox-style cars just look too small to me. Honestly, I would just take a figure and fiddle with newspaper scales until I got something that looked more or less "right" next to it, remembering that newspapers irl come in lots of different sizes from small tabloids to quite large broadsheets.
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    I find fender washers (the kind of washer with extra small holes) make good bases to give a little weight and solidity to off-balance figures. If epoxied on a scrap of parchment paper, the epoxy fills the hole and the paper peels right off when it's dry.
  7. Pingo

    Happy Birthday OneBoot

    The happiest of birthdays to she of the singular footwear!
  8. Well, she is a dwarf. I just checked and in hand the figure is the same size as the image on my MacIntosh screen.
  9. EEEEEeeeeEEEEEE!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Gosh, I've missed this place and all you guys' news.
  10. How I spent my summer vacation by Pingo Some of you have noticed my absence from the forums since roughly the end of last June. I thought I should explain, since it wasn’t fair to leave you without a word. I have a regrettable habit of retreating into myself when sad, however much I love this place and the people on it. Last June I got sadder for political reasons, and felt a need to withdraw when my sorrows caused friction here. I am not entirely sure that was wise. We need each other, not just for the sharing of hobbies and art tips, but for the common human community. To remember that we are not alone. Though I missed this place the whole time, I spent a very busy summer. I traveled around some, marched in the company of tens of thousands with a handpainted protest sign more than once in gruesome heat – much gratitude to the volunteers who handed out water bottles – dealt with voter registration drives, gardened, caught influenza (possibly twice), traveled a few thousand miles, met many interesting people, a puppy and a kitten, started some oil portraits, and painted up a good chunk of game miniatures. We drove cross-country, only to have our faithful quarter-century-old station wagon finally die in the middle of nowhere a thousand miles from home – very beautiful, scenic nowhere, with eagles and swans, but still … Many thanks to the fine people at Enterprise Rent-A-Car who came to our rescue and eventually sold us a quite decent recent model gently used sedan with massive trunk space. As for me, I must apologize. It appears that politics is in my blood and cannot be separated from my life or actions, even the actions of painting tiny pewter sword fighters. I cannot help but have my heart break under certain circumstances, and I shall no doubt be made agitated and even angry by world events. I cannot pretend I am unaware, nor act as if all were well when it is not. I don’t intend harm or offense to anyone, but I can’t help being who I am. I did show up in the national media. Here’s me and my sign at the immigration march in Chicago last June. It’s a political image, so please don’t click if that would bother you: Click here to see Pingo and her sign in real life Chicago
  11. I like to take close-up photos to show details (even if they magnify mistakes too ). I want to see everyone's figures up close! That said, my pictures don't always give a great idea of how things look on the tabletop. I don't have my good imaging software on this machine, but here is a roughly life-size image using the cruddy software:
  12. ("Philtrum") Thank you! A lot of it is keeping a wet brush at hand to immediately wipe away anything that doesn't work. Being able to erase mistakes helps a lot. I also take pictures to zoom in on while I'm painting because my eyesight isn't that keen. Thank you kindly. Painting an orb isn't too complex. Mostly it relies on the glasslike effect of bright, transparent pigments -- in this case pure Phthalocyanine Blue -- when laid over pure white, and over a dark, contrasting color shadow at the top of the orb. I show the steps in the WIP thread, specifically in this post (although I hadn't yet washed the blue light over her hair in the WIP thread pictures). It's kind of a watercolor technique, almost.
  13. Thank you all! It's good to be back. I missed you. Sorry I was gone so long. Am mentally composing a "What I Did on my Summer Vacation" to explain.
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    Baichi - Bushido

    Not an "S", but maybe a tattoo of the Katakana "Su": ス A nice figure, nicely painted.
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    Grenadier Action Art Monsters: Female Assassin

    She looks very nice for such an Old School figure. Grenadier had some weird categorizing. You have to really squint to see the relationship between the concept art and the figure here.