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Corporea last won the day on September 24 2016

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  1. Corporea

    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    Awesome! I highly approve!
  2. Corporea

    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    now don't get mad... ...but you called the turtle a her, which is perfect as it fits the anatomy of her bottom shell, ie it's flat. If some of these are technically male, their lower shell need to curve inwards for mating purposes...
  3. Corporea

    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

  4. Corporea

    Reaper classes?

    any cookies! :)
  5. Corporea

    Reaper classes?

    There are speed painting contests. And talking to the artists. And shopping. And tours of the factory. And candy. And cookies. Hopefully cookies. There were cookies last year and I'm really looking forward to them again. Did I mention the cookies? In all seriousness, I always feel like I miss out on just visiting and chatting when I take too many classes. So don't worry.
  6. Corporea

    Reaper classes?

    oooh goodie! Ron added my black and white class for saturday! thanks!!!
  7. Corporea

    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    a drumplayer or a bell ringer? chinese traditional wedding gear is pretty cool- you could do a noble or a courtesan-type character in fancy dress. baby turtle? does alchemist count? something with potions and shrunken heads or something weird like that bouncer? with crossed arms
  8. this can be done! thank you so much!! Actually, what I'll probably do to achieve it is add some more pink to the flesh. That should warm it up a bunch. I can also go darker on the rest to make up for it. Yay!!!
  9. oooh! yes please!
  10. drat. that would have been smarter. good idea!!
  11. I thought about hanging extra lanterns in the trees but I was afraid of doing too much and distracting from the main figures. Plus... time is running out. I still have a good amount of painting work to do on this and I'll need to add some more vines to my trees. Looking at the one vine sprig it looks lonely or out of place. Learning to stop adding is hard and there isn't always a concrete line where enough is enough. Should I even have added the vine? After I put it on I wasn't sure, but swamps are a cluttered place, so a bit of mess seems more realistic. I just have to be careful that my happy couple is where everyone focuses. But yes, the idea of WIPs to me are helpful. As I paint and take photos I can see things I want to fix. My camera's eye is still much better than mine, so when I zoom in I can see blends I needs to smooth. Or see if I think the overall balance is off and need more or less color. More contrast. All of that. I think doing WIPs is a great learning experience for everyone- myself included. Plus I get to pick everyone's brains on what works for them. It helps me figure out how to tell a better story.
  12. Corporea

    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    nah- easy choice. Bob is awesome! Pick Bob! you can come bug me at my desk and I can help with stuff!
  13. oh, I should add- I wanted a bent-over tree rather than an upright one, since I spent so much time putting alchemical symbols on Mr. Necromancer. I didn't want to hide the cloak behind foliage. Plus bent trees look cooler and spookier to me. Something about reaching for hidden light and all that.
  14. Corporea

    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    curses. I bet all TS's classes conflict with mine too. Drat. I'd love to take the how not to suck sculpting class someday. I'll have to arrange to be less of a morning person one year...
  15. Ok, I meant to do this a lot sooner, but I figured I could use this project to explain a bit about diorama composition. Reapercon is fast approaching! I know folks always try to figure out how to tell a story with miniatures as well as develop a composition that both makes sense to the story and is pleasing to the eye. I have a hard time explaining why some things work well and others don't. But, I can take a miniature I'm painting and explain why I chose to place elements as I did. I hope that might help or at least get the creative juices cooking! So, I'm taking: ...this guy, and I want him to tell a story. Why's he got his hand up? What he doing? He's looking at something, right? A summoning? hmmmn. Questions questions. Now I'm pretty sure Izzy said something about him holding a dripping heart in his hand, but I'm in the mood to tell a happier tale. Something sweet and romantic in a creepy necromancer sort of way. Because reasons. So I painted him up and decided I'd stick him in an eerie swamp. Actually, long before this I had a plan and I'll get to it. But when I first look at a mini, I want to find a way to accentuate the pose and make it do something exciting. Or interesting. Just as a color aside, I used the same colors in his skin as I did on the base. I want him to fit into his environment. For any piece, I want it to make sense. Using fewer colors helps, because then they don't fight each other as much. I'm using a simple complementary color scheme of red and green. It's an easy way to get contrast without working hard. Note that while my red is intense (ie bright, really red, looks pretty red, hey that's a red) my green is desaturated (dull, boring, stuck some other colors in it to make it look less green, more olive, not bright) I'll admit- his red isn't showing from this side, but here: See? Red. Then I found him a friend! A lady friend! There we go! He's going to summon her right out of the swampy water. Let's dance! Actually, the title will probably be "Dance with Me" but I'm willing to take suggestions! Now, I want to explain why I like these two together. First, I love the negative space they form in between their bodies. They create two intersecting areas at the hands and the skirt/knee section. The space between them is interesting. While it would be cooler if she was looking at him and pulling our eyes back into the center, at the very least, the negative space helps with that. Negative space is made up of the areas in between form. In painting or drawing it looks like this: I like the ones that trick the eye. A vase or candlestick? Or faces? You choose! But in art, use of negative space can be a powerful tool to create interest. I put the arrows in the show where I see my viewer's eye flowing along lines in the composition. See how the rock I made creates a line that points up and in? I sculpted it that way on purpose. His hand points out, her body forms a line that points down. It's a triangle in its most basic form. Also, their hands form parallel lines. Their forms create an x. X's are cool. The eye likes x's. So when I'm making something, be it basework or premade stuff, I want to put it together to help tell my story in a pleasing way. It's one of the reasons I make so many fancy bases. I can control exactly how things fit together. Then it makes the lines I want. But it isn't enough! Let's play with a tree! I took a black cherry sprout that invaded my garden and added a few branches. You can see the ones with a wire core versus the real ones. A lot of the time I make the tree from scratch, but I liked this sprig and since I killed it, I'm making use of it! Ok, yeah. Now we've got some swampy furniture to set the stage. See where the lines point? I adjusted the branches a bit to make them more pleasing later, but you get the idea. I'm thinking about how I want to create intersections and how I want to balance the figures in order to make it seem harmonious. To that end, there's way to much pointing to the right. I need something on the left, correct? Add in some roots and something to anchor the left side of the composition... Take a look at the roots and see what lines they mimic. I added a few branches to my left tree. I poured the water base and the water effect is still drying here. I wanted a swamp, right? and from the back. I picked this piece of wood because I liked the way it mimicked my roots and water. So, I'm still not sure that helps explain why things work or don't, but let me know if something doesn't make sense and I can scribble a few more arrows and use my words better!