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  1. ok, still covered in glitter, but I managed to get some work done on the base: I attached Mr Kitty so at least one of the party is ready for the "Afterparty" Just think of all the gold we get to divvy up! To share a bit of the process, when I think about OSl, a way to sell the effect is to use surroundings, rather than just what you can paint on the mini. While his staff would look lighter, the rock wall behind him helps compound the effect. I find miniatures in isolation work less well from an OSL standpoint than those with scenery. It's a cheat, but use i
  2. I have been totally distracted by making a fun base for the group project, but I managed to squeeze in a little Bust time. First, I disliked the way the hand pattern came out, so I spent this afternoon redoing it. I coated the hand in my skintone, and highlighted a bit, then re-painted the henna. I'm happier now. Just like Talespinner says never fear the scalpel- never be afraid to redo something that's off. I also worked on the arms and the belt thingy. I think I'll attach the arm soon, but I may stare at it a bit longer just in case I fee
  3. apoxie sculpt is my new best friend! I glued the cork together, then put a thin layer of apoxie on the sides. Then I just took a piece of cork and tore the edges so it was irregular, and used it to make the stone-like texture. Last I formed the stone edges with a narrow wax sculpting tool. I used a thicker tool because I figured these were more massive stones. The only down side to this project is now I am finding glitter everywhere.
  4. Yeah, I'm going to have to cut back on things I wanted to bring as well just because life gets in the way. I also have too many hobbies, and splitting my time between them makes them all suffer. Just keep having fun with it. Some of the most fun I have painting is when I just kick back and experiment with something and don't sweat the results. When I get focused on the competition aspect of it, it feels more like work and less like something I want to do. While there is something to be said for forcing work and making progress through the grind, it sounds like that's not what you need right
  5. Go read this when not at work as the language is an issue. Substitute paint, painter and painting for anything related to writing. I have faith in you. Also, Tre's stuff is so fun to paint!
  6. Sorry to sneak in and place a response when I haven't actually painted on this lady, but I was reading a blog post by Chuck Wendig and felt a need to apply it to painting over here. I thought it might help. Warning- Chuck is, er, indiscriminate in his use of language, so maybe NSFW. (One of my hobbies is writing, so I follow some of the writing blogs from time to time.) This post on self-rejection definitely hits home for me when it comes to writing, because I am a thin-skinned wimp and always have a hard time when I do something that is less than perfect.
  7. Still working. I've been splitting my time between a few projects and real life, but I have to finish this before Reapercon! I want to finish the bird at least enough to attach him to her shoulder. In order to feel ready to attach, he has to be mostly done on the hidden side and I have to finish her hair and skin on that side. I like waiting to attach bits on minis when it makes it easier to paint hidden things. So, I'm doing an eagle owl. I googled a bunch of photos, and found several that helped me do the wings. I like looking at what I want to copy to get a sense
  8. Just as a fun historical aside, the Las Meninas painting above shows two old school "photobombs" long before they were popular! Who is the mysterious gentleman in the doorway?! Why did Velazquez paint him there? I mean, in photos, people can jump in, but in painting it's deliberate, right? Also, who're the couple in the mirror in the back? Questions, questions- fortunately wikipedia can answer them, but it's cool to see an artist putting in easter eggs. I love this painting for the questions it raises, even more than Velazquez's style. It's an awesome work in composition. Which reminds me-
  9. I was going to ask how you kept your desk so clean... but you cheated and sent the pre-work photo! Beautiful work!!!
  10. Here's my loot from the awesome SGHawkins09: I've never seen the paintable Bob Ross before, but he's probably going to have to go in my queue soon. The real debate is should I paint him like Bob Ross... or paint him like a Bob Ross painting... hmmmn... I see some happy trees in my future! Thank you again so very much, Kaitlyn!
  11. I blame my slacker status on two separate back to back winter plagues. I'm feeling better now though, so here's me trying to catch up. Still working! Thanks for posting this Ian! I may mostly paint him then work on his OSL staff effect late in the game.
  12. I tried the Kimera paints while visiting the awesome Wren this past weekend. I liked them. I also like the acrylic gouache from liquitex she has as well. They both mix well and are matte. The consistency is similar to the golden fluid acrylics, less thick than heavy body paint. I just ordered some atelier cadmiums I'm going to try next week, since they are actually the cadmium pigment and I'd like to try them out. I think what I might do with the scalecolor ones is pick up a few from reapercon if they bring them, so I can play with them. If not this year than next. Or maybe pick a single se
  13. yes, I will totally bring him to reaper! he's awesome!! The wood pattern is lovely. I really like that effect! You did a beautiful job on the ribbon shadowing, too! Thank you so much! He's sitting on my special shelf of coolness! squeee!!!!
  14. so... weird. Having used tube acrylics, I'd just buy standard golden or liquitex acrylics if I wanted to paint canvas. Since they're in much larger tubes anyway. But I use completely different paint to paint canvas than I do minis. The consistency they're talking about on these is that of standard artist acrylics, where you want your brushstrokes to show, and where texture is built up through much thicker layers rather than our more watercolor-like techniques. All these mean to me is thinning the paint more. I suppose it's good in that the small tube will stretch a long way, but I'd just a
  15. OMG! Kaitlyn, my secret sophie is amazing!!!! I took a pic and need to upload it, but thank you thank you thank you!! Also- do you want me to bring it to reapercon for the mousling category?
  16. oooh! Colors! I love him!!! Nice red. Good choice. Ok... what I'd do is test it out. I use my hoard of bones and attack them with each option when I play with color. Based on the colors you've used, you could even use a purple- something like carnival purple. I'm thinking deep ocean might be better, but I'd probably test it first. You could try glazing the blue of choice on the underside, or just using it in your deepest shadows. Also something to think about is iridescence (I think that's the right word.) I think I have it... ah: Sorry for bad p
  17. Awww! Hugs! Yeah- I like that color combo. Nice work on the patterning. Looks very natural. You can do it!!!
  18. wait, have you not heard of how we travel in packs when out for dinner to the restroom? So freckles are a little different than what I'm going to do with the henna. Henna is applied to the epidermis (outer skin) surface. It is a stain of the skin, like writing on oneself with marker, and fades as the top skin sheds. Freckles live deeper in the layer: Here's a fancy chart on some common skin markings. The key I see with freckles, or tattoos which are also deeper, is to glaze over them with more skin layers. Here's where the tattoo lives:
  19. almost everything I paint is: ugly, ugly, ugly, better, more better...done, whew, thank God! I'm not sure that gets any easier with practice and time, since as I practice more and level up, my eye sees even more things I need to fix. I say this is not to be discouraging. Just know we all still go through the frustration of the painting process. I agree- never give up on a project as you never know how far you can take it! And another tip I use when skin gets bumpy is to take some brush on sealer and place a nice layer or fill in holes- it will be transparent/at worst slightly translucent
  20. One of the reasons I like WIPs is because they show the ugly adolescent stage of painting. So many of the things we look at online are the result of 20-100 hours of work, and they stun us with their perfection. I like muddling through the tough stages where everyone can see- although I'm guilty of getting in a groove and forgetting to take in progress pics often. I blame the background music. But, the idea is seeing the trial and error, the layers as they go and the overall process. I find that more helpful, though there are things I can't really demo in photos like how to unload a brush,
  21. next step in the grand scheme of converting this bust over into the eastern side of wisdom is to change the type of owl. The original appears to be sculpted as a barn owl. I like barn owls, but I want to do something different. I went on a google search and decided I like the look of the Eurasian eagle owl. He has tufts! I like tufts. Sadly, the sculpt does not come with tufts. let's fix that! I mixed up some green stuff and changed the shape of his brows first. To steal a line from Toy Story 2, I'm packing his angry eyes!
  22. Wow, this was a long hiatus! I'm back. I'll try to update more frequently, but I'm juggling a few projects right now. First, I decided to work on the cloth some. And the arms. I hadn't put more than a basecoat on the free arm, so I added a few highlights to get a feel for it: Notice how the tone of the skin is different than the face? I haven't glazed the yellow into it yet. That's something to consider if you're glazing. Just remember to add it evenly to each aspect of the skin, either piecemeal as you go, or all at the end. Since I took such a long bre
  23. Whew! My package is mailed. I had to make myself stop touching up details. Just one more tweak... At any rate, it should arrive... soon! Happy Holidays!!
  24. this article from reaper's the craft index is good and has a lot of troubleshooting tips. I bought envirotex lite, which is used mainly for finishing surfaces, but it mixes and pours just fine and it's nice and cheap. When I first played with it, I started small and mixed a few tiny batches in blister packs. I've never poured very deep, but I've always poured in one layer. One key is keeping dust away from the project while it dries, which can take days depending on the depth before it is fully cured. Most things I do have a bit of paint mixed int he water, so I can't tell you
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