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  1. I'm sort of aware of this. But my knowledge of printing is so twentieth century. The professional comic book pages I own still have pale blue guidelines printed on them, even if blue pencil isn't used any longer. Then again, none of them are very recent. I still know how to cut out that dang red film to cover tone art. Is that even a thing any more? The last time I drew comics I found my camera did a better job than the scanner (and could handle larger art with ease), but I don't know what I'm going to do when my copy of Photoshop ages out. I absolutely refuse to use the Cloud or software I'm only renting for a time, and they have changed to that model last I heard. But I still need photo editing software that can deal with distortion and touch ups and produce a high res high contrast file. I didn't actually learn the nitty gritty of printing, and even if I had it would be hopelessly obsolete by now. I feel just a little out of my depth, and it bothers me.
  2. No printer especially in mind, but I find myself somehow working on a comic book anyway. It ... could end up on a gallery wall, I suppose. But at the moment I'm doing it up exactly as if it were meant for printing. I don't know if comics have an art standard. That's why I was measuring the archives. Of course, back in the old days we had to cut down our own bristol board to size (ugh), whereas today you can buy it ready cut to 11" x 17". So maybe I'll just go with 11" x 17". Cutting every page is a nuisance. (The internet seems to be less useful than it used to be. Comic book publishing has changed an awful lot, and most advice on comic book size is about how to format it for self publishing.) I am super pale and start to burn after only a few minutes in the sun. Forgive me. I don't mean to be rude but ... I thought Icelanders were similar?
  3. Ah, my old nemesis, we meet again!
  4. Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green by Michael Wilcox. Lots of people swear by it as a clear introduction to color theory and paint mixing. Check your local library.
  5. When I mix red and green I get blue. Sometimes purple. Mind, it depends which red and which green you start with. See further:
  6. goons/latest/03296
  7. It was by Grenadier, and it is still available from Mirliton in Italy, who purchased the rights to many of the old Grenadier monster sculpts.
  8. I didn't say nothin' about no octopodes.
  9. A happy birthday to you!
  10. The plural of index is indices, just as the plural of codex is codices. Just for funsies, the plural of sphinx is sphinges.
  11. It doesn't happen all that often. A few times I've found I've gotten a mini I particularly liked twice. In those cases the extra goes into the Box of Goodwill project, or I paint it up in a different color scheme because that's fun. We don't much purchase duplicates otherwise, except deliberately. We did get two copies of the Jim Henson biography for some reason. Fortunately I knew another Jim Henson fan I could give one to (Hi, Bryan!).
  12. You would have to water acrylic way down to weaken the paint film. Acrylic paint is tough. Most acrylic paint is formulated so that you can thin it somewhat with water and it will still keep its film integrity. I tend to prime in one of two ways: Either by washing or by a sort of drybrush stippling, depending on needs. In both cases I use a fairly thinned paint to avoid clogging up details. I don't often bother with getting super smooth coverage in priming, but then my painting style is a little loose and wild anyhow. It seems to me that primer works fine as long as there is some primer on every part of the figure and it's thin enough that the details are not lost.
  13. Oof. I am trying to determine standard comic book bristol board size for original artwork. I thought, gee, I'll just measure the pages we have lying around the house. Surely they will more or less agree with each other. Nope. DC uses 11" x 17" bristol. Its "live area" is only 8 7/8" x 13 15/16". The "crop area" is 9 7/8" x 15 1/4". The actual artwork on the particular sheer I measured is 10 5/16" x 15 11/16". First Comics (remember them?) also used 11" x 17" bristol, and the working art area was 10" x 15" (This seems so simple I may go with it). Studio Foglio uses 12" x 18" bristol for "Girl Genius" (huh), with a working area of 10 3/4" x 16". Lush. WaRP Graphics back in the day seems to have used 14 1/2" x 19 1/2" bristol cut down from larger sheets, with a working area of 13" x 18". Extravagant! Welp. Guess I just need to dive in ...
  14. It's a hard thing to see people dissing something one enjoys, especially if they are making basic errors, failing to recognize them, and concluding that the thing, rather than their understanding and methodology, is faulty. One of the many reasons I've stuck with the Reaper forums over the years is that this place has a healthy attitude towards miniatures collecting and painting. It's about practicality, enjoyment, and sharing techniques. Critiques are offered if requested. People of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged. We have some really stellar painters around here, and they are admired and applauded. We have people interested in other aspects of gaming, and they are welcome too. Not every place on the internet is like that.
  15. I was taught to never dip the brush into the paint container. Too much risk of contamination with unwanted substances which could spoil the whole batch. With most of my acrylic paints I use a palette knife (of which I have many, including some micro ones) to dip a bit of paint out and onto my palette (or simply use the knife as a micro palette if I need only the merest dab). A palette knife can be wiped far cleaner than a brush between paints. For more liquid paints in squeeze bottles I simply squeeze out as much paint as needed. If I need only the tiniest amount I partially squeeze the bottle until a drop appears, then let the drop be pulled back into the bottle, close the bottle top, and touch my brush to the wet paint on the bottle tip. I rationalize that this paint will dry long before I open the bottle again, so even if the brush does introduce some unwanted other paint or medium it won't contaminate the bottle.
  16. Ten hours? Wow.
  17. A nice, graphic comic book sort of style. I like how you implied shine on the belt buckle.
  18. It was an exciting place to learn how to ride a bicycle, I can tell you.
  19. Bryan, I'm sorry this project hasn't been as much fun as past ones.
  20. In my high school French class we had to memorize and recite this poem by Paul Verlaine: Il pleure dans mon coeur Paul Verlaine Il pleure dans mon coeur Comme il pleut sur la ville ; Quelle est cette langueur Qui pénètre mon coeur ? Ô bruit doux de la pluie Par terre et sur les toits ! Pour un coeur qui s'ennuie, Ô le chant de la pluie ! Il pleure sans raison Dans ce coeur qui s'écoeure. Quoi ! nulle trahison ?... Ce deuil est sans raison. C'est bien la pire peine De ne savoir pourquoi Sans amour et sans haine Mon coeur a tant de peine !
  21. Yes it was. And it was unashamedly about Barbarella having a lot of sex. The writing was considerably better than most such comics, but that was the fairly cheerful intent behind it.
  22. Looks like it's coming to get you with open arms.
  23. Best wishes for a happy birthday!
  24. It was exactly 557, to Blaine, Washington.