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  1. What would YOU like to see taught next year

    ok... I might could do this, as we say here in the south! I found this. It's $12. That might work. I may buy one and see how it paints up. If the casting is iffy, it wouldn't be a good option, but I could see it functioning as a 4 hr class- I think it would have to be. thoughts?
  2. What would YOU like to see taught next year

    Hmmmn... interesting!!
  3. What would YOU like to see taught next year

    Hmmn. Well I could drop hard colors, keep theory but maybe add in a basic class. Or condense theory to add a quick brushstroke and ergonomic section. Maybe that would work. I’d teach busts, but to be honest, they’re expensive and take a long time to paint. I know I put at least 40+ hours in mine and I take a lot of shortcuts- though teaching those are fun... The bust class I took was a 16 hour class. It might work with a cheap large scale figurine from the hobby store along the lines of a garden gnome, but most busts I paint are $80 at retail
  4. What would YOU like to see taught next year

    this is helpful, guys!!! I'm trying to decide for next year what to do. I'm wondering if I could combine a paint consistency, brustrokes and ergonomics and fill up the time- something like a "how to get started painting" type of class. Except in all my classes I try to demo the paint consistency bit because it seems more important than anything else. I may drop the color theory class next year just because teaching 5 is a lot. I know if you're looking for a how to paint for competition type lecture, then Rhonda's level up is a great class. Please everyone- if you have feedback on classes, send it to reaper- they want to know and we want to know what we can do better and this also helps us plan what you guys need in the future!! yay!!
  5. Whew. I finished him. I have to say, this was a fun project. The idea came to me sometime last year, but it took awhile for me to get around to working on him. I've decided that monochrome relaxes me. It's just easier somehow to take color out of the picture and just work on shadows and highlights. I think I need to vary my levels a bit, but overall, I wanted it to read as a night scene, so I'm happy. I like the idea of an accent color. I've been wanting to try that for awhile now. Though looking at him, I could probably pop the osl on his face. the pumpkin in the back worked out better- most likely because it has larger opening for the eyes. I tried to find his sku number in the catalog and failed, but this was The Headless Mousling from 2014, sculpted by Gene Van Horne.I used a bones rat, a pillar from the graveyard set, and 2 pumpkins. Anyway, enjoy and Happy Halloween! I'm using my new Iphone and seem to have issues editing, so pics may be a bit funky...
  6. So, who is excited about ReaperCon 2017

    Cat usually hides under the painting desk. He has a thing for my brushes. Or maybe just anything that keeps mommy from petting him!
  7. So, who is excited about ReaperCon 2017

    Trying to decide what to grab for "lunch" at the airport. Choices! also- it's really happening!!!! ...and I did find the cat! ;)
  8. So, who is excited about ReaperCon 2017

    I think I'm packed... sure I must have forgotten something... where did the cat go...
  9. ReaperCon 2017 Sophie and Friend

    awesome!!!! I love her!!!
  10. So, who is excited about ReaperCon 2017

    ahhhh! I have to pack and... and... ahhhhh! water base not dry yet! Ahhhhhh!
  11. TaleSpun Ribbon Changes

    you did sculpt the bed, right? Also, I used your barrel in a darksword entry this year- I'll bring it by your desk!
  12. Keeper's Sanctum - an ub3r Diorama WIP

    ok I know you're stressed and you want to finish but I want to help, so... 1. looks like you lost the midtone of your keeper's skintone. If you have time, add it back in to smooth out the transition between you shadow and highlight. right now he's reading too extreme 2. fire- you want it to be a lightsource, so it needs to be light- needs more white at the base of it. you could almost paint most of it white and then just glaze in a bit of the other colors overtop to get that light effect. right now your tile reads as lighter than the fire- this happens often, so don't freak out. it's fixable. you just need more "light" 3. the frog demon's osl looks too dark. quick question- did you pain the yellow over the underside or did you highlight him there first? the second works better. remember- he needs to look "light" where light hits him. this means you have to do some highlighting before you put on the light's colos, or it will just look dark. also- remember- if he is truly being lit mostly from below, he'll get the supercontrast effect: the rest of him must be more shadowed to make the light stand out. even if he's getting some ambient light, it shouldn't compete with the fire, right? it doesn't have to be a huge darkening, but for osl to work best, we have to introduce more shadow or it will look flatter. here's a grayscale of the scene: does that make sense? I can see some highlighting on his underside so maybe just pop it up a notch! don't stress and don't worry about this stuff if it will stress you more. you've got a great composition and a really fun idea. it's awesome, so hang in there!
  13. Bad Decisions In Horror Movies

    jurrasic world had dinosaurs. major cool points for dinosuars and cgi. I can sit through a movie with good cgi and at least enjoy the special effects, right? even if the female lead runs around in high heels. sigh.
  14. Bad Decisions In Horror Movies

    yeah, in Kvothe's case I wonder how much the author is trying to make a flawed hero because everyone under the sun tries to make near perfect ones and end up irritating the audience with melodrama. That may be some of what bothers Doc in terms of plot in the above examples. Writing people just being people is surprisingly hard, much less when you throw in the supernatural where we as normal peeps can't accept the written/acted reality. It's easy to fall back on melodrama to make stuff happen. It's hard to take a flaw and use it to drive plot. Well, at least for me, but I'm learning. But yeah- I give movies and books a lot of leeway because I'm a forgiving Corporea and know no one is perfect. However, I truly do appreciate a well-written script and will be more likely to want to see said movie again... speaking of which, who's with me for Nano?!! We can conquer!!!
  15. Nerali Bust - ReaperCon!

    oh- gurney has some good examples of Abe's face done with different lighting I can't seem to link to his blog, but google has many of his blog images if you don't own his color and light book try gooling gurney portrait lighting
  16. Nerali Bust - ReaperCon!

    cool! ok- so OSL. yes- if you highlight up the face where the light will be all the way up even higher than you want to go with the highlighting, then glaze over it you're golden. you also must contrast where the light isn't with shadow deeper than you want to shade to help sell the contrast. The lightest area in the entire piece should be your light source. It should be the only area where you use pure white again, to help sell it as "light." remember that you will lose some contrast when you glaze the light's color over your skin. This is why you have to go overboard with highlighting if that makes sense.
  17. So, who is excited about ReaperCon 2017

    yeah work's a complete mess right now, so I promised myself I wouldn't spend much aside from buying candy for everyone to come take and soda so I won't fall asleep during the day. Fortunately, I'd already splurged for the VIP to get the dragon bust, so I don't have to buy anything else. Hah! Take that, budget! Also, please come take the candy from my station. I'm a stress eater...
  18. Nerali Bust - ReaperCon!

    hmmn. it may be safer to pretend the fire is a general light source then. rather than hitting her with multiple light sources, pretend the fire lights up the whole room evenly like our typical sunny day. You may want to consider magical colored fire then, otherwise she will just look orange.
  19. Nerali Bust - ReaperCon!

    I liked the spectral white- it has a hint of purple in it and if you want to live in the purple range, that'll help keep you there. One thing I've learned with skin, no matter what color you want it to be, make sure you choose a desaturated version of it. meaning- using a super bright color looks funky when we think of skin as being varying shades of neutral- tan, buff, beige, rust, ocher, etc. All human skin tones live in a softer world rather than a super-bright punk rock world. So when I translate this to monster skintones I choose a quieter color, be it blue, purple, green, etc. A bright/saturated color will make the result more "cartoony." this is a valid approach and leads to some fun minis, but on a bust it may look to intense. To that end, dark elf skin has a surprising amount of purple tone to it. It may be all you need to stay in the purple world without delving into the "real" purples. At most, I'd say glaze with the purples if you feel like you need them For busts- get a good high quality photo of a starlette of your choice to see where all the shadows and highlights fall on a face. Pick a light source early to help guide this as well. if your fire is your source, be aware it will change the skin tone nearby. I always do my highlighting with the source in mind without the light color first (meaning pretend it's white light and highlight up THEN add the color of the light glazed over it) I'll try to check in and help! Good luck!!!
  20. count me in! By then I should have recuperated from reapercon!
  21. So, who is excited about ReaperCon 2017

    hmmmn... may try the sandpaper. sigh. thanks all! You guys destressify me!
  22. So, who is excited about ReaperCon 2017

    ok I at least put it all together and its mostly painted... stupid juice lid won't hold a coat of paint. Arrggghhhhhh!!!!!!! I do not have time for this! Now I can panic, right?
  23. So, who is excited about ReaperCon 2017

    one more entry to finish. one more entry to finish. one more... I can do this! yes, power of positive thinking here I come! Must finish diorama!!!
  24. So, who is excited about ReaperCon 2017

    kidding! And yeah, that would be awesome! can I get a ride to the walmart again for my caffeine fix? :)
  25. So, who is excited about ReaperCon 2017

    I've decided to hug and kiss my nieces and nephews as they leave daycare every day for the next two weeks in anticipation of sharing whatever flu strain they decide to give me this year... Kidding. Although the little darlings sure do love to share their germs with their auntie!