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  1. I think many if not most gamers/painters are introverts and prefer lots of quiet time. If it helps break the ice, realize most of the instructors also have a degree of social anxiety tendencies! :) Like snakes in the woods, we're all more afraid of each other!
  2. It will look smoother. For larger minis we have to work that much harder on transitions, especially for areas like skin and cloth where any defect or errant brush stroke will be more obvious. I put these examples in spoilers super blown up at ginormous scale: so see how much more blending I did on the larger 1st pic than the later two? When I blow them up you can see all the imperfections, because at the scale I'm working, no one can see them except Derek and my camera! here's what they really look like: see? fine at that scale, but up close and personal the details show. 54+ minis require the extra oompf to make them look right. So more layers. So many layers it hurts. That's the best way to get a smooth blend. I'll do it one of two ways. First I'll set down my paint and clean my brush quickly, then feather out the edges of the paint with the damp brush to smooth out the paint. When I do shadows I work towards the shadowed area. With highlights work towards the highlight with the stroke. Then I'll do successive layers of very thin paint. (Let everything dry in between. I have messed up enough layers by being impatient I say this to save your sanity!) You only want a teeny bit on the brush, so I'll often thin the paint, clean the brush then re-dip into the thinned paint so I don't overload. I also do a lot of spit blending, but don't tell anyone... it just adds love! I know you're just starting this mini and you're not done yet, so don't feel like I'm, um, being pushy or a perfectionist or something. I'm just planning and plotting and want to help!
  3. it depends on how sheer you want them to look. some stocking are very dark, others thinner and more transparent. The main thing I'd do is a bunch of glazing to smooth out the brushstrokes unless you're going for a textured effect. That may lighten it a hint and give it more of a sheer effect. If texture's what you want, doing very small hatchmarks would work. Use a teeny brush like a 3-0 and do first horizontal then vertical marks over and over and over again- back and forth. I find this harder on a larger surface to keep the lines straight. there should be no space in between the hatches. You do the shading as you go by working in color. It's... challenging, which is why I prefer smooth blending. For the parts like the hem at the top, use a different highlight than your skin to keep it from looking sheer itself.
  4. I hate it less now. I'm starting to like it again and I think we can remain friends. Or at least on speaking terms. I love the frame though. It's going to blend in nicely with my evil plan! here it is without the frame: I'll get around to sculpting the rest of the drapery outside the picture and into the frame along with the rocks on that side. But must do a lot more painting first. I have to figure out how to do more than follow the sketched background on the original. I need it to still have that dreamy look, but with more detail and more like a traditional miniature. Thanks for helping everyone! I really truly do appreciate the support. This is a project where I'm pushing myself more than I want and it's becoming more stressful than I wish painting could be. I miss the days where it was just all fun and games and no fingers got hurt with xacto knives and all that... not that my fingers are hurt! Just my pride!
  5. you could have her hand glowing and the books held in place by some swirly strands of greenstuff the same color to make the spell effect? it would let you play with OSL.
  6. for stocking google hosiery type things and get ideas for how the color changes based on anatomy. I won't make you actually try on the blasted things, but as a girl occasionally required to wear them, the general rule is the color is darker around the ankles or thinner areas of the leg. places where the fabric is stretched like the thighs, knees and calves the color is closer to your skin tone. Another thing that seems to add realism are wrinkles- they'll gather under the knees and at the ankles. I tend to mix my hose color with my skintone for a base and highlight up towards my skintone and shade down towards the hose color. Probably easier to go with something we see a lot like black or even white hose. When Rhonda paints sheer she'll paint the "clear" areas with the skintone first, then shade in the fabric color. That might be easier and more intuitive! I suspect if you take your safe filter off the google you may find more interesting hose images...
  7. judges will move an entry if they think it will score better elsewhere, but try to plan ahead and put things where they most belong to save time and confusion! When you enter something, the staff will ask you who made it, and you can tell them specific manufacturers. The card that sits with it gets labeled as such, but there's nothing else I know of for you to do to "enter" it in a manufacturer contest. Most of the time unless you do a bunch of modifications or make a diorama, the manufacturer entries should probably be in painters.
  8. it's a slot for the book tab- she'll have a book in her lap! Willing to help! Carry on! For the tattoos, etc, get most of the shading done on her skin, then add them, then finish up with layers over top- that should help make the markings look like they live in her skin rather than on top of it. Colors?
  9. So my cat decided to get me an Easter Bunny as a present yesterday. She left it on the front porch and yowled until I came out to investigate. Apparently I am such a poor hunter, having never brought any prey home to her, that she's taken it upon herself to educate me in how to catch and eat a rabbit. Sigh.
  10. Blargh. Grrr. Argh. Sigh. ahem On a good note, look what I found while cleaning my office at work!!! We're moving, so I have to throw away a bunch of stuff. As a Hoarding Cancer, this is extreeemly difficult, so I've been going through everything with a fine tooth comb to make sure I can truly let it go. So I opened up a kit I'd used about 8 years ago when learning how to do a new implant and found some awesome stuff! Two clamps and and awesome not new-fangled-annoying-safety-bladed scalpel! Whooo! I doesn't take two hands to open the blade!!! Yes! yeah- don't get me started on how useless it is in the middle of a procedure to drop everything to open a stupid scalpel. Ok, sorry to slow us down. Moving on! I'm back at it. I used this weekend to get the flat sculpting finished. I also worked on a stone thingy to put outside the frame... but after finishing it, I hate it, so I'm not using it. However, in the interest of completionism-whatnot, I'll leave it here: I took some crumpled foil (thanks for the idea!!!) and squashed some sculpey over it in pieces, then blended them all together. After finishing it, I realized it was far too big for the frame and would overtake the original sculpture, so I set it aside. what I'll do is use something much smaller and I want to sculpt a little frog to sit on top. Here's the finished sculpture. After gluing it down I realized I wanted to set it at more of an angle to match the painting. But, 2 part epoxy is far more permanent than my fickle mind, so we're stuck more upright. It'll be ok. I'll let it go and move on. No one will know but me when it's done... well, and all you guys following along... Anyway... I made a bunch of vines and grape leaves. I'll do a combo of sculpted and painted-on elements for the background. The long stems are for a rock element in front of the frame. There's a section of the painting that has grasses in front of her and I don't want to paint them over the sculpture- it would look super weird. Next, I tried to match the colors of the painting as close as I could. I debated not following the painting, but since I've come this far, I'm going to keep at it. If I hate it (spoiler alert, right now I do) I may change it to something completely different. See how big the mass of rocks are? Yeah, forget them! Sigh. We're in the awkward phase of painting. The part where it looks like complete failure. Where I question why I'm doing this. Where I remember why I don't want to sculpt or paint or do anything... I use this as an opportunity to mention that all painting projects reach this stage. I look at it and wonder what I was thinking. I want to scrap it and start over. I want to completely change... or kill more bandits on skyrim. Pretty much anything but painting Mucha. It isn't any one thing, just a pause before it all gels together. It isn't an impossible stage of painting to overcome, but I want to emphasize that if you reach a part of your projects where you're fed up, take a nice break and come back to it fresh. Don't give up. Don't put it aside indefinitely. It will feels so much better once it's done and you'll overcome a milestone and probably level up in the process. It really will come together! What I'm learning here is I need to let the lithograph go- the original is a lithograph, btw. It's a print, consisting mainly of barely shaded cells. I can't get away with that in mini painting. Which means I can't follow the color scheme exactly. Now, I can keep the same colors (unless I have a fit and change direction) but I'll need to follow the standard flat paining style and pick a light direction and use it, regardless of where the shadows and highlights fall in the painting. They'll by nature of the medium, be "flatter" than I need them. So, that's the next part!
  11. I found this:
  12. how about finari? amazon? checking the elmore masterworks on darksword might have a few hits.
  13. Topsails (topsail is my favorite island in NC for its history regarding piracy!) Maroon Falcon (or pick a color...maybe mauve....) RMS Paintbrush... or Paintbucket, but that might have copyright...
  14. thanks! I did finish a spider this weekend at the Con and donated him to the raffle! I used the same colors as the dress. I like this combo. it's a play on red and green which works, and both colors have a similar desaturattion so they don't just out and smack you with contrast. For the hair I mixed a bunch of stuff to get that gray- oiled leather, linen white, dark elf skin... I think that was it. I blended in differing amounts for the variation. Some of the shadows are mostly dark elf skin. The linen white and the leather give some warmth to it.
  15. so you may be able to glaze over some of your highlighting to bring it back to dark. Alternatively, consider using a blue as your highlight. I find for some reason that doesn't read quite as bright. I think I used marine teal when I did my magma elemental. Alternatively dusky skin can be a good warm highlight for black. remember with lava the crusty effect is present even in super hot flows. THIS IS AN AWESOME IDEA AND I HIGHLY APPROVE!!!!!