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  1. Just remember, the pelvis is your friend. It is a lovely bucket of bone and muscle that holds in the guts and keeps them from spilling down between the legs! Doing great Mori!!! I love your method!
  2. you are awesome.
  3. squee! I can't wait to teach! Must update handouts and get around to ordering stickers. If anyone taking my classes (Erin Hartwell) has any specific things they'd like to cover feel free to PM me and I may be able to address them! If not, I'm available at my little artists row space and I always have candy! Feel free to bring minis you've painted and at the end I can do some quick critiques if we are able time-wise. Soon!!!
  4. It's a mighty special one!!! Happy Birthday! Hope you and your mom are having fun!!!!
  5. Happy Happy Birthday, from all of us to you! we wish it was our Birthday, so we could party too! Whooo!!!!
  6. thanks everyone!!! It was awesome. I spent the day with my family at the beach and I had the best key lime pie ever! I also managed to get 16K steps for my fitbit challenge. I did not work and I cooked which made me happy! Happy birthday to all the other cancers out there! Yay!!!
  7. unless the other side doesn't bring chocolate to the party...
  8. except supposedly we're gemini's now instead of cancers. I still can't get used to that! Happy Birthday Fellow Cancers!!! Don't work too hard. Bryan did you buy a VIP bag for your birthday? I can share some of my swag with you. You can have my paint. I can beg Anne to make me more...
  9. How hard was painting the resin? Mine are still sitting and waiting. Did you have any advice for priming etc? They look fantastic btw! great job!
  10. ok, so I decided that since saturday is my birthday I'd buy myself a nice VIP bag since I know I'm going to buy all the stuff that's in it anyway in october. Saves time! Yay!!!! Stuff!!!
  11. Looking good so far! Do you have a reference photo you're following? I find that helps for the little details later!
  12. oooh! Time to make a nightlight for my nephew!!! I was just going to get the blue canary but that's way cooler!
  13. some history museums have skeletons just not always on display. worth calling to check or visiting, maybe. medical schools or community colleges might have something. Hmmmn. maybe check and see if a local college has anything? If you know any students, they may have access to either a life drawing lab or an anatomy lab! If you're feeling especially ambitious or financially able, taking a life drawing class is fantastic. I took all the ones I could in college. It's nice having the live models and seeing the way light affects anatomy when it comes to both painting and sculpting. They usually get a bunch of different models over the course of the semester and use different poses from class to class, so you'll have a variety of anatomy to sketch.
  14. super! I'll plan on snagging them when I get there! thanks!!
  15. I could email you but this isn't urgent: I'd like to buy just the dragon bust and some of the extra resin minis. Is there a way to do this or should I wait and buy it on site in October? Also THANK YOU FOR HAVING JULIE MAKE A DRAGON BUST. I LOVE REAPER!!!!!!! And thanks for all your hard work too Bryan! ;)
  16. this is a great idea!!! Good progress and I'm glad you're getting the basics in first! Sometimes it helps to visit skeletons and get up close and personal with the anatomy. Do you have a museum near you where you could possibly ask for some time to examine the collections up close? I know art museums will often issue sketching permits. Many of the natural history museums might be willing to assist you if you get to know the staff. I worked at our natural history museum for 6 years as a volunteer and was able to get into the collections to sketch bones, turtle shells, feathers and such and get to know the bits. That was helpful when I was learning to draw. I bet the curators would love to have someone interested in their work. edited to add: um when I said visit I don't mean do like the old artists did and dig up skeleton... ;) Kidding!
  17. I know last year I sat down with Andy's son at his workspace and talked him through glowing eyes for a few hours. I sat down with Siri at artists row and helped her with some colors for a project and we painted a bit. I helped one of my students fix some parts of his entry for the contest. I try to move around a lot and the only time I beg some free time is when I'm eating! I'm one of those that gets "hangry" when I'm not fed regularly! I always am willing to schedule some sit-down time here or there to help. So if you know you'll have a free hour find one of us at artist's row and ask for help. That's what we're there for. Truly. We wouldn't be there is we didn't want to help and teach. Just because it isn't structured doesn't mean we don't try just as hard!
  18. Ok, this is how I do it, but there isn't a right way. I tried a few different methods, so you can judge for yourself if you like any one of them better. First, materials: The top tool s a firm color shaper chisel. I like it to hold against the putty while I'm thinning the petals with the metal shaper to get a nice sharp thin form. I don't have a picture of this because I only have 2 hands. Next, get something the putty won't stick to like plastic card or glass. Use it to form your shape. Here I've made some little balls about the right size out of putty and flattened them with the metal tool. then just make flowers... Kidding! But I had to get in the groove, so these are vaguely what we're going for. First, start making the start shape with the metal tool. Use the vaseline or water to keep it from sticking to the tool. Here's a progression of the star shape. Don't cut all the way through the putty. You're going for an overlapping pattern. Five or six petals is probably enough to get the sense of a rose. Now we're doing the petals. It's a pushing-pulling motion using the metal tool and often the chisel to hold the petal in place. the easiest way I could work it out was to pull the petal down and out, then push it back upright, making sure to maintain the overlapping petal pattern were the starting edge is inside the next petal. smooth them out nicely to make them pretty. Sort of doneish. more coming...
  19. yep! I'm hoping I can get some feedback at World Expo to find ways to improve it before Reapercon. But I also have to actually work on some reaper stuff! I have a great mousling idea... :)
  20. so.... I have an idea. Yes, my precious I do! Ahem. This is probably a crazy idea, but I wanted to take one of my favorite visual artist's work and apply it to my miniature hobby. First, a bit of info for those not familiar with art nouveau: Alphonse Mucha was a Czech painter with a really cool linear style. Feel free to Wikipedia him. He's fairly distinct. I happen to own a Mucha print book, which made it much easier to plot out my evil plan. The idea is to take one of his prints, create a demi-rond (like a flat only thicker and closer to a bas relief, and have it becoming more 3-D as it approaches the edges of the picture frame that surrounds it. I'll create fully 3-D elements within the frame as well. Then paint the whole thing. Hard to describe, but hopefully the WIP will get there! First, I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out which print I wanted to tackle. My main goal was something not too complicated, since I don't do a great deal of this type of sculpting. I suck at sculpting faces, and I've learned symmetry is hard. Have you ever noticed how sometimes the eyes in a given mini are different? Yeah. Mine would be even more different! So, in order to avoid the not-quite-symmetrical trap, I knew I needed either a profile or a 3/4 face, to make my stress level reasonable. After much hemming and hawing, I chose this one: See- look at all those nice lines! Such a friendly pattern to follow. Many paintings are softer, with less obvious transitions. I'd thought about using a Brom, but this should be easier, and since it's an ambitious project, I need all the help I can get! Then, I used my trusty book: I picked out a picture frame from my local hobby store, and the little cardboard backing is to the right in the above pic. It's the perfect size! Plus, it was on sale 70% off... I liked this frame because it had curly lines and looked organic, and my style is organic and I plan to do a bunch of vines and leaves per usual! So I printed out the Summer and darkened the copy to make the lines stand out more: I cut out an additional copy: ...And applied it directly to a rolled out slab of fimo. First, if anyone tries this again, a few fimo caveats. One, the stuff is firm! I bruised my poor hands kneading it. I may have to invest in a pasta machine! Two, I tried rolling it out originally on a styrene sheet and it stuck. So I had to peel it off, re-knead it (curses) and re-roll it out (used a spare rolling pin) and this time place it on a piece of parchment paper. It should be easy to sculpt on the styrene sheet to keep it flat and the parchment should peel off. Or I can bake it on the parchment and peel it off after. At any rate, if has a firmer consistency than my sculpey, so i'm hoping I can get nice hard edges, though my style is softer in general. The reason I put the cut-out on top is that I can use it to transfer the lines to the fimo. I used a pin tool (ceramics tool, similar to an industrial strength paint pokey tool) and presed it along each line, letting the clay pick up the impression through the paper: So you can see the lines- much easier to follow as I sculpt! Then I started sculpting! Hard to see with white on white, but the nice thing about these clays are that they are to some degree compressible. Which means unlike wood or plaster where I have to carve away, I can compress the edges to get the relief. I do still carve some away though. So, still in progress, but it's been fun experimenting with this. I'm hoping to make some more progress this weekend!
  21. not much progress but some. Sort of helpful in terms of basecoated leaf then finished. I forget to pause and take pics most of the time. I'm using the gothic crimson mixed with aquamarine blue to get the purples. This lets me use the same colors already in the piece but change them a bit. It helps make the whole more unified and less disjointed. I spent time this weekend working on the cloth, rocks and ripple effect. Froggy is now attached. The reeds are the only part not glued in place. Whew. I added some greenery to the left side to help balance. I may not finish it, but it will be done enough to take with me at least. One more weekend!!!
  22. your kids are ok, right?!!! Hang in there.
  23. Although now that I edit all the pics to fit in the post I see things I want to fix... sigh. Well, anyway I "finished" her! I learned a lot working on her skin and I'm happy with the colors. This is the Mother of Dragons bust from Nuts Planet. I opted not to paint her as Daenerys. My WIP is here, and I should have all of the color information there, but if anyone has questions please let me know. I'm always happy to explain or try to break the process down. I'm always trying to improve so C&C welcome! I like the walnut base. Here she is up close: and a few other angles. I had fun with the spiderwebs! Here's one to try to pick up the dragon's texture: It wasn't as successful as I wanted but I have to stop painting it and work on something else. Or I will probably wreck it! Enjoy! I'll see y'all in just 5 months!!!!
  24. I think I'm just going to go ahead and send my letter requesting a refund. I doubt they'll honor it, since they are not honoring anyone upset by not having the MR bust, but at least I will have stood up for what I believe. Sigh. It'll work out.
  25. yay painting!!!! He looks cool with the head plates.