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  1. Hey all! This thread will be about my sculpting journey. I hope that by showing the time and effort it takes it pursue an art, others would be excited about trying it without getting discouraged by the climb up. I plan on posting daily here - I might as well continue my daily art streak! (And goodness knows I've got plenty of time now....) Some days might have some cool stuff, but many will probably be like, "Oh man. I sculpted a lot of fur today. A. Lot." Anyways. Hopefully y'all will get some enjoyment out of it. Here's to day 1 (tomorrow)! Comments and praise are appreciated, but please give critiques too! Links to Sculpting Posts: Anatomy Practice Skeleton: 06/19/17 06/20/17 06/21/17 06/22/17 06/23/17 06/24/17 06/25/17 RIP in pieces First and Second Miniatures: 06/26/17 06/27/17 06/28/17 06/29/17 06/30/17 07/01/17 07/02/17 Week 2. Nearly nonexistent. OUCH. I snuck in a little art doodle time to not break my streak! 07/10/17 07/12/17 07/13/17 07/18/17 Anatomy and Drapery Studies: Hogarth Mini 2 - legs and feet Pelvis Day I'm Alive!! Sculpting a Bust: Collect References and sketches! Armature Practice with Fimo And we're practicing.... I ran out time to practice! Here's the body. The Face: Part 1, Part 2 The Hair: Part 1, Part 2 Clothing Fire
  2. (Holy moly, I haven't done a WIP since Spring 2016) HOLY MOLY, how have I never painted a dragon?? I went through my stuff - I have a BOX of unpainted dragons. Thanks, Bones III. We're fixing that right now! Questgiver here: I choose you, Three Star Stormwing! My rolls from this morning (also here): I actually got some really lovely rolls here. Even though one of them is pure black, which limits me to 4 colors instead of 5, the heather blue and cloudy grey look nice together. Unfortunately for contrast, they sort of... blend? Together? Learned artists, what's the word? If I were to take all the color out of the heather blue, it would look exactly like the cloud grey. I did check to see if my eyes were learning - they are! So here is my dragon. My 3 rolled colors on the right, and my liner and white on the left. He's pinned but I still need to do some quick green stuffing!
  3. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.†- Andy Warhol 2015 was a really big year of emotional recovery for me. It's taken several years, but I truly felt that change last year. So with that progress in mind, I decided I wanted more. I've dedicated 2016 to learning about my favorite thing in the whole wide world - ART! I've got a lot to learn and a lot of time to get back. I'm going to make it worth my while to make time for art. I'll be using this thread as a goal marker if you would like to learn with me. These are my 2016 Goals: PAINTING I would like to have a dragon and a snowglobe done this year. I want to have a ReaperCon entry as well. Progress will be posted on the normal part of the forums. - Mini Painting - Speedy Swashbucklin' Sea Scamps, Pokemon themed ReaperCon/Spring Exchange - Non Mini Painting - Drink Coasters, SCULPTING Sculpt something! Whether it's terrain or a Parading Penguin Present Party, I want to start! - Sculpting completed - Pokemon themed Spring Exchange, wolf lying down and campfire - Sculpting in progress - Learning to sculpt thread! DRAWING I have a sketchbook that I'd like to fill up by the end of the year by drawing in it for a few minutes every day. I'd like to get better at drawing - I want to learn the fundamentals and develop my own unique blend of animated and realistic styles. I'll post my favorite drawings of the month here. The rest can be seen on my Facebook albums, which are set to public. You can add or follow me if you would like. Longest consecutive streak: 245 Days (May 1-December 31) 316/365 = 86%!! Jan: 23/31 74% Feb: 23/29 79% - I got a tooth pulled and lost a week. That could have been 100%! Mar: 15/31 48% - Lesson 1 completed! Apr: 9/30 30% - Ouch! I did a lot of lessons on those days, though. Lesson 2 completed! May: 31/31 100% - !!! Both challenges completed, and nearly finished Lesson 3. Jun: 30/30 100% - !!! I did it again! A lot of fast sketches this month. Jul: 31/31 100% - !!! 3 month streak! Cosplay and Overwatch sort of took over, though I did get some sculpting in! Aug: 31/31 100% - !!! 4 month streak! Sep: 30/30 100% - !!! 5 month streak! It was really close this month! Some days were just a few quick gesture sketches. Oct: 31/31 100% - !!! 6 month streak! Holy cow, I didn't think I was going to get so far! October has always been good to me though. Nov: 30/30 100% - !!! 7 month streak! Wow, November sucked. But it's done! Dec: 31/31 100% - !!! 8 month streak! Random Drawings: Ma'al Dragon Heads (printable ones here), ub3r's Velicia Torynn, Trading Cards: Ocean Sylvari, Pern Dragon, COSPLAY/SEWING Another art craft I've wanted to really get into! I'd like to finally complete one cosplay this year, whether that's something Morihalda would wear, ReaperCon Sophie, or something from a video game! - Harry Potter Hufflepuff dress: Done! - Harry Potter robes, movie style: Post 1, Done! - Arcanine Kigurumi in progress: Post 1, - Morihalda Silversage: Post 1, Presentable/Done-ish - Bewitching Nidalee: Post 1, Done! I hope you enjoy the journey with me!
  4. Say that 3 times fast! This will be a thread for my sculpting journey. Critiques and tips are GREATLY appreciated (I wouldn't mind a kind word every now and then too ). I'll get into more details later, but right now I'm looking to a nice Saturday night spent sculpting!
  5. Happy Birthday Morihalda I hope you have a lovely day with lots of artsy presents!!! AAARRROOOOO!!!!!
  6. So way back, y'all probably remember that I got all excited about snow globes. Yeah. I haven't tested any of those materials. I started sealing my test pieces and kept seeing terrifying warnings everywhere. So the water part is on hold, but pleeease add to that post if you have any waterproof suggestions! Here's my sketch for it. I'm unsure about the fence. I'm hoping that running it next to the little guy in the front will lead you to the middle so they feel connected. I've been watching some art videos and they said that guiding your viewer's eye is important! I think I will -not- cross the bars on the fence. Then the fence will go in an easy direction to the middle of the globe without your eye stopping to figure out the X's. Save the detail for the "focal point," right? I've also got to figure out which side the slanted end of the fence should be. I'd also like to sculpt in little things on the side, like an empty mug of hot chocolate or a scarf, excitedly cast aside when the friends decided to make a snowman! Maybe add some teeny little pawprints in the snow.... If I have time, I'd like to add in a surprise.... Here they were as of last Friday! Over the weekend I cleaned and primed them. The snowman got some green stuff on his head because those mold lines were tough. I've started a basic ring of air dry clay on the base. It should be dry today and I can keep building it up. Next, the color scheme. I tried to color some ideas in a few weeks ago, but it's been difficult to not accidentally copy parts of the amazing one featured in the store. I end up adding too much yellow and green.... :S
  7. Hey guys! My excited ramble and snowglobe idea list: The Questions: Google says exposed pewter can corrode, I would think that properly primed, painted, and sealed minis would be safe, correct? I would want the paint to be waterproof. Does anyone have any experience with waterproof sealers? Especially ones that aren't super shiny? Would it be better to put the Reaper sealer on, then the waterproof? Material - I've found a seller for no-seam glass globes that are 4"/100mm diameter. Would it be safer to find a plastic globe, and then find some sort of scratch protectant? Distraction - any animal-safe, waterproof sealers? Because oh my goodness fish aquariums. Cthulhu fish tank. The Answers: Materials and Painting: Globes: Floaties: Liquids: Thanks in advance! Edit: I said I wasn't going to ramble and I did... Edited to fix my inability to type reasonably when excited. I will be adding more information as I find the time!
  8. So I was assigned Morihalda (yay!) for the 2016 Spring Exchange and I received the survey that she filled out to get an idea of what I should paint for her. In the section asking what she would not like to receive, she put "ugly undead things. " Well, as one who happens to love undead things and thinks they're absolutely adorable, I took offense to this (not real offense, obviously,) and decided that I was going to give her a pretty undead thing. So the idea here is that the elf ranger saved what he thought was a beautiful princess, only when she turned around, he didn't have time to run away before she grabbed him and dragged him back to her father's castle. Without further adieu, I give you, "What do you mean you don't want to marry my daughter?" I know, I know, as usual my lighting and pictures are dreadful. Unfortunately, I forgot to take proper pictures before packaging everything up, so what you're seeing are my "Look! I finally finished!" pictures. The figures I used are in the topic tags - they're all Reaper, except for the wolf, which was from Dark Sword Miniatures. My banshee lady is a conversion/head swap/whatever. Her body and hair are from 02582: Queen of High Elves and her "face" is from 02090: The Deathmistress. Special thanks to Froggy for his advice and talking me down from the proverbial ledge while I was anxiously hacking into things. This was my first actual conversion - it was a face transplant rather than a head transplant because I wanted to preserve the original mini's hair. Here's a back view of her so you can see her hair better and also my first ever attempt at a freehand pattern. Knowing that I was giving Mori a banshee lady and Dragoth when she'd directly asked not to receive "ugly undead" (Dragoth's throne is pretty grisly!) I made sure to specifically add things that were on her inspiration list: an elf, a ranger and a wolf and she also mentioned that sea colours and woodland colours were her favourites so I tried to keep that in mind as well. Also special thanks to Knarthex who talked me through some ideas and showed me some examples on what to do with the empty space where the braziers ended up going - I sculpted those with sculpey clay. They're very primitive but I think they got the job done. Especially special thanks to Trevor who bravely sacrificed his skull to go into one of the braziers.
  9. Hey all! This is my spring exchange mini for Flamehawke. I was going crazy with excitement when the PM with her information included a love for Pokemon! I was going for a cartoony feel with them to match the show. I hope you guys like her! Special thanks to Talespinner for sculpting advice, Corporea, Guindyloo, and several others in the chatter thread with colors, and ub3r_n3rd with basing! You guys rock, and I learned SO MUCH with this mini. Sculpting WIP for Flareon and the girl's conversions is in this thread. Apologies for photo quality - I only have my phone. Closeups! -- Edit: I really need to turn down that light brightness from the lamp... Here's what the hair looks like - it's one of my favorite parts and it didn't show very well in the final shots.
  10. Hey all! Now that the awesome Flamehawke has received her spring exchange mini, I'd love to post my sculpting progress for it! It was a ton of fun making her, but I did have to wrestle with the green stuff to go the way I wanted sometimes. I haven't really learned how to handle it yet. The folks in this thread, especially canuckotter and TaleSpinner, were a ton of help, so I hope y'all don't mind me bugging everyone here again for some real critiquing now! The Trainer I started with Sugar, Anime Heroine, by Bob Ridolfi, who became.... ... A Pokemon trainer on her way to be the best Pokemon master!!! I had no idea that conversions and sculpting took so much work!! This girl seriously needed her midriff covered if she was going to be running around the world all day, so I added that. The sculpt was pretty accurate - she had the square piece of fabric around the back of her neck, so I had to grind it down. Getting it level with the rest of her body with green stuff also solved her broken back syndrome. Super stylized characters can be fun, but I wanted to make it a bit more realistic. With Pokemon, she says. heh. It was pretty enteraining to put on my workout shirts and leggings to see where the fabric folds would go. They seemed to match alright! I decided a small travel bag would be handy for any Pokemon trainer, and it made the top of the skirt work as the bag's strap, as well as a belt for her snazzy new tunic. The skirt was hella short, so I imagine she's got some shorts under there, and the leggings seemed fun. Lots of Pokemon trainers have bicycle shorts or leggings! The leggings also seemed to cut down the length of her legs. I mean, she had nice legs to begin with, but they were crazy long for a young person, haha. The hand took FOREVER. I watched a couple hand videos that were recommended by canuckotter, so that helped immensely. I'm mostly satisfied with the shape, but not the surface - it's so teeny that I couldn't use the normal shapers to smooth it out. When I tried using the flat side of a dental pick, I had the same problem that I had while sculpting - the green stuff would "pull" away, so it's like I have a million teeny spikes on the fingers. And here she is, primed and ready for painting! The primer kept looking thick and chalky... ----------- Flareon A paaaaain. But so satisfying!!! I didn't realize it took so long to create things from scratch! Letting each layer dry really tested my patience. I figured out real quick that that's just the way sculpting works after smushing the back legs several times when I impatiently tried to work on another section. I used a lot of cat jumping references when sketching out, but the nicest looking one actually came from a.... squirrel. I eventually cut off the bottom piece of wire because it wasn't helping anything. A lot of this had to be sculpted while I held an appendage because I started before learning about pinning to cork. >_< I am so proud of those teeny paws. The bug eyes got shaved waaay down after this photo was taken. I still need to work on the fur more.... I did buy vaseline and it kind of helped the putty pulling away probleim I was having. Primed and ready to paint! Little paws again because they are cute. I used my cat for reference there, haha. ----------- Basing Big thanks to ub3r here - I had planned to use plasticard for the base to make a simple grassy battle stadium, but I had forgotten about the bar under her feet! I attempted to base her on what she came on. Bad idea! So ub3r recommended a second layer that the bar would hide in, and that worked out pretty well! I glued the mini, foam, and plasticard together, and then used green stuff over the whole thing. ----------- Final Final pictures are in this thread. Thanks for looking and I hope you liked it! Critique is requested and appreciated for the sculpting!
  11. :bday: Happy birthday!!! :bday:
  12. Lots of critique appreciated! I'd like to get to painting/sculpting display quality one day! I do understand that the blurry photos with a bright as heck light are hard to critique - I'll get better. Leave it to my excitable brain to convince me that I should paint minis as gifts before I've even finished painting my first goblin! The gifts are for my three dearest friends and my husband's D&D group. I would like to have the first 3 done by New Year's, when we meet up again! They'll be really surprised! The guys know that they are getting a painted mini for their gifts, so I've got til Jan/Feb to complete in time for the campaign start. The Gifts: 77016: Rats - Angel Ratties - This friend lost her two furbabies this summer, so I thought I'd make a tribute for her. This was the beginning of the slippery slope... Now I'm at 6 gifts! 02982: Casiatta - Battlemage Babe of House Slytherin - I swear this is my friend in miniature form! She's so fierce! 02910: Cheetah Girl - Khajiit Marksman - This friend introduced me to Morrowind, and by extension, introduced me to real video games and fantasy worlds outside of books. Morrowind will always be in our hearts! 03445: Drunk Pirate - For their drunken (edit: should be pirate, but drunken works too...) campaign. He'll actually be DM'ing, but I know he'll get a good laugh out of this one, and he'll enjoy still having a mini. 03131: Eric Swiftblade - A good swashbuckler mini for the campaign. 03646: Barnabus Frost - My better half's pirate mini! The Progress: Rats: Completed! WIP: Completed: Slytherin Battlemage: WIP before this post: Khajiit: To be ordered this weekend! In progress! Finished! Drunken Pirate: To be ordered this weekend! Primed! Eric Swiftblade: To be ordered this weekend! Primed! Barnabus Frost: To be ordered this weekend! Primed! Thanks for checking it out!