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  1. ManvsMini

    Halloween ideas?

    Like you, I enjoy Halloween, but being unmarried and childless, and in an area with few trick-or-treaters, I don't get to enjoy it as much as I should. My Halloween tradition is to watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show. I get to do the Time Warp (who doesn't enjoy that?), see a young Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon, and hear some hilarious musical numbers. As ridiculous of a movie as it is, it's a classic. Plus, I get to eat the candy I inevitably buy for the non-existent trick-or-treaters. #winner Sometimes I follow it up with Army of Darkness so I can play with my undead minis. I wouldn't be opposed to doing a hang-out, if you can handle hearing Rocky Horror in the background.
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    Mixing Inks with Acrylic Paints?

    Welcome down the rabbit hole. Mwhahahaha. The Mad Hatter's tea party is at 4pm, bring cookies. There's nothing wrong with learning as you go, color theory is something everyone struggles with at the beginning. You can always paint over it.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    Nope. Would rather experience things for myself.
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    I have to say, @Rainbow Sculptor, I'm amazed at how fast you work. Forget John Wick... you are a woman of focus... commitment... sheer will. Concept art should call you Baba Yaga. Out of curiosity to better understand the process, once you have all four nereids done, you'll send them to the client for approval, and revisions will follow? Will they do test printing before asking for revisions?
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    Mixing Inks with Acrylic Paints?

    I wish it were that simple, but sometimes it just doesn't work that way. As Doug pointed out, this will desaturate your colors. It can also yield disastrous results, as that what you think will happen in your head doesn't necessarily happen in the paint world. This is all due to color theory, of which I am no expert, and the nature of pigments. For instance, let's say you painted yellow, and wanted to mix your black ink or black paint into your yellow to make a shadow. You won't get a darker yellow, you'll get a green color. It's just the way the pigments work in that special case. You are better off mixing in some form of darker orange/red to get, possibly a shade of brown to get a better shade for yellow. This is the color theory coming into play, and it can take a lifetime to truly master, but not nearly that long to gain proficiency. A few lessons and a few applications and you'll have a good start at it. There are better people on these forums than I to instruct you on color theory. On the specific subjects of inks, they are different from paints in that they are superfine pigments, they are already thin/flowy, and very intense in color while also having transparency. You have to be careful with thinning them, as they don't seem to tolerate excessive thinning with straight water (breaks up the pigments too much). I thin my inks with an acrylic floor polish (a brand of Pledge that has undergone so many names changes that I don't know what it's called these days). It used to be called "Pledge with Future Shine" 10 years ago. The last bit about inks are that some people report they can be reactivated if you paint over them, thus ruining what you've done. I have never had this problem, but I use mainly the Vallejo inks, and always give it plenty of time to dry. If mixed with acrylic paint to increase/change the vibrancy, I haven't heard of this problem.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    Maybe 2 inches? Long enough to run a comb through and use hairspray to keep in place, but not long enough to vainly run my hands through. In college I grew it out past my shoulders to donate to Locks of Love. And to master the ReRun dance.
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    Water Effects?

    I'm sure you don't mean "contain that" in the actual sense of trapping the smell in your garage, but just so it's been said, please leave a window open while it cures. Otherwise you'll just walk into a toxic space when you come back to check it. And use a respirator and gloves, even for mixing and pouring! Just look at the warnings listed on that jug. MEK and it's peroxides are not great to breathe in.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    Your concept art looks great, I am really looking forward to seeing your progress. For some reason, the fins in the art made me think of the seahorse in the second Percy Jackson movie (which was a good design, IMO). I think he'll look awesome when finished.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    Just working on some townsfolk for my brother's D&D game. Nothing special, at the moment just finished the first round of cleaning mold lines. Been watching Poldark to draw inspiration for clothing color schemes.
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    Truth. Better start to learn freediving breathing techniques now. I absolutely love them, the concept sketches are amazing. When/if you are able, please let us know if they will be available for purchase?
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    Ophidiophobia , the fear of snakes. Like Indiana Jones, I had a bad experience one time...
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    Mass mini prep ideas

    Foregoing the in-depth chemistry lesson, the isopropyl alcohol will pull water/moisture from the air (hydrogen bonding in chem speak). Essentially, water is getting added to your 91% alcohol, so it'll lower the concentration of your alcohol given enough exposure. One reason to never leave your bottle of isopropyl alcohol open, and to not store it where you shower/bathe. Sodium hypochlorite is a fickle/unsable thing, and in short, lots of chemistry goes on once it is in water. In a nutshell, it leads to chlorine gas escaping and the sodium hypochlorite degrading into other chemicals.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    When I was in college and worked in the dorms, I had to be decent at remembering names, and the bosses expected you to know 40-50 people within 48 hours of meeting them. Having a face to go with the name always helps, but I always had to search for something else about them to go with it, especially when you meet people with the same name. I had a girl whose family owned an orchard and brought caramel apples to help make friends, thus Caramel Apple Katie was dubbed, who was not to be confused with Big Eyes Katie (not meant in a mean way, she just had very prominent doe-eyes). I also had a set of identical twins who were roommates, but quickly worked out that one smiled more than the other, so that helped. Granted, all of that required actually learning something about them besides their name. I don't think I could remember names if I was just walked down a line of people, shaking hands and being introduced one after another.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    Pastries. Cinnamon rolls, pecan rolls, fresh bread, etc. All good. Chocolate iced donuts with sprinkles.
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    Getting to Know You, October 2019

    That's a tough one, at different levels of education I had varying success and interests. I did well in all of my schooling, but in high school I had an affinity for foreign languages (French and German). During my first run in college, I would say organic chemistry was the class I enjoyed the most; it was a well-deserved break from all the calculus and physics I also studied (it's literally drawing pictures and counting atoms/electrons). During my return to college after 6 years in the work force for a career change, I think human physiology was my favorite; it really showed how all the previous chemistry and physics was applied in the human body.