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  1. It's partially cloudy today with those big towering puffy white ones. I keep thinking it would be so nice to be able to fly past them and see them up close. It would be so cool to be a bird. Then I remember I'm afraid of heights.
  2. ok, don't know if it helps, but here's one I'm working on. It's not exactly a diorama, but I do have a figure fighting some zombies coming out of the ground on the right. Hard to see- haven't finished highlighting yet, I know. But, if you look at the composition without the banner, it looks off. There wouldn't be enough going on on the left side to keep balance. So rather than adding more zombies, or a tree which is my usual go-to, I put a banner in instead. I wanted something that made the viewer's eye start at the top left and flow down to the zombies on the right. So another element that can create an odd number of "figures" could be anything. It doesn't have to be a miniature. In this case, I just used furniture to fill out the composition. It's one figure, but there are enough other elements to tell the story. I like using trees, rocks or other inanimate objects to help frame a composition. It's hard to see behind the horse, but there's a rock formation that forms a triangle and helps tie the 3 figures together. I really like triangles. They're a strong and balanced form. They make the eye go around and follow the lines, keeping the focus from wandering off. Anything that forms a line at your optimal viewing angle will help direct the viewer. the lasso around the horses neck is a straight line. It points at the action or conflict. It draws our attention because for the most part, straight lines are man made. they aren't natural and they make us take notice. maybe think of filling the empty space with foliage to break up the space. or rocks in a gentle cascade. a bit of broken wall hanging over the edge of the base. a hoard hiding out of sight of the action. I like hoards. they're a good excuse to play with glitter. Int his case mr dragon would be boring by himself. He needed a hoard, so I filled in the space with a bunch of hot glue and glitter. The falling column and his wings and tail make an x. I also like X's. they're like double triangles. Even more bang for the buck. Not sure if that helps.
  3. I wants them, my precious. Don't tell my kitties or they will hates me for findings new furballs to love on. You know, I've always found with my loafing cats they tuck their front paws under their bellies and have missing paw syndrome.
  4. no good. hope things turn around soon, though.
  5. remember with dioramas we have more than just front/back/side. We can build up! think about verticality if you wants to keep the current items. you could have merlin at the top of a staircase and some of his items below him on the base. Minimalism when it comes to dioramas is usually the best course, so I'd probably lose some of the clutter as well. Which items make you think most of merlin? what would tell the story best? remember, we want the diorama to tell a story. When we look at it, we need to instantly understand that something is happening. Is he talking to the owl? casting a spell? is the owl checking out the orb? I always like picking a viewing angle- your wizard is the main focus, so he needs to be front and center, or possibly up higher to draw our eye to him. You can buy tiles of stone flooring or even little staircases. I use a lot of sculpey for my bases- it bakes, but make sure you take it off the base first or the plastic will melt. the nice thing about sculpey or fimo is that it doesn't dry out, so you have plenty of working time. If you're worried about sculpting, you can buy patterned styrene sheets or use corkboard. cork is fun to work with. remember your base can overhang the plastic base. it doesn't have to be square. it can have edges that stick out. sometimes breaking up lines like that can be fun and more interesting space-wise. I know it wouldn't fit the movie quite as well, but I could see a small child- like one of the bones children tugging on his robe from one side as a distraction while he works. you could have the owl peering down in disapproval and lose the rest of the elements. That might tell a fun story! Or, I could see a spot for the orb on the table, like a holder made out of putty. have him lined up just wrong so it looks like he'll drop it on the floor instead. not sure that one is as strong of a story, but absentminded wizard is cool. the key though it to make the figures do something exciting and interesting. yay for tackling dioramas! They're a lot of fun!
  6. thanks all! I had a lovely day at the beach with my family and forgot to even turn my computer on!
  7. now don't get mad... ...but you called the turtle a her, which is perfect as it fits the anatomy of her bottom shell, ie it's flat. If some of these are technically male, their lower shell need to curve inwards for mating purposes...
  8. There are speed painting contests. And talking to the artists. And shopping. And tours of the factory. And candy. And cookies. Hopefully cookies. There were cookies last year and I'm really looking forward to them again. Did I mention the cookies? In all seriousness, I always feel like I miss out on just visiting and chatting when I take too many classes. So don't worry.
  9. oooh goodie! Ron added my black and white class for saturday! thanks!!!
  10. a drumplayer or a bell ringer? chinese traditional wedding gear is pretty cool- you could do a noble or a courtesan-type character in fancy dress. baby turtle? does alchemist count? something with potions and shrunken heads or something weird like that bouncer? with crossed arms
  11. this can be done! thank you so much!! Actually, what I'll probably do to achieve it is add some more pink to the flesh. That should warm it up a bunch. I can also go darker on the rest to make up for it. Yay!!!
  12. drat. that would have been smarter. good idea!!
  13. I thought about hanging extra lanterns in the trees but I was afraid of doing too much and distracting from the main figures. Plus... time is running out. I still have a good amount of painting work to do on this and I'll need to add some more vines to my trees. Looking at the one vine sprig it looks lonely or out of place. Learning to stop adding is hard and there isn't always a concrete line where enough is enough. Should I even have added the vine? After I put it on I wasn't sure, but swamps are a cluttered place, so a bit of mess seems more realistic. I just have to be careful that my happy couple is where everyone focuses. But yes, the idea of WIPs to me are helpful. As I paint and take photos I can see things I want to fix. My camera's eye is still much better than mine, so when I zoom in I can see blends I needs to smooth. Or see if I think the overall balance is off and need more or less color. More contrast. All of that. I think doing WIPs is a great learning experience for everyone- myself included. Plus I get to pick everyone's brains on what works for them. It helps me figure out how to tell a better story.
  14. nah- easy choice. Bob is awesome! Pick Bob! you can come bug me at my desk and I can help with stuff!
  15. oh, I should add- I wanted a bent-over tree rather than an upright one, since I spent so much time putting alchemical symbols on Mr. Necromancer. I didn't want to hide the cloak behind foliage. Plus bent trees look cooler and spookier to me. Something about reaching for hidden light and all that.
  16. curses. I bet all TS's classes conflict with mine too. Drat. I'd love to take the how not to suck sculpting class someday. I'll have to arrange to be less of a morning person one year...
  17. Ok, I meant to do this a lot sooner, but I figured I could use this project to explain a bit about diorama composition. Reapercon is fast approaching! I know folks always try to figure out how to tell a story with miniatures as well as develop a composition that both makes sense to the story and is pleasing to the eye. I have a hard time explaining why some things work well and others don't. But, I can take a miniature I'm painting and explain why I chose to place elements as I did. I hope that might help or at least get the creative juices cooking! So, I'm taking: ...this guy, and I want him to tell a story. Why's he got his hand up? What he doing? He's looking at something, right? A summoning? hmmmn. Questions questions. Now I'm pretty sure Izzy said something about him holding a dripping heart in his hand, but I'm in the mood to tell a happier tale. Something sweet and romantic in a creepy necromancer sort of way. Because reasons. So I painted him up and decided I'd stick him in an eerie swamp. Actually, long before this I had a plan and I'll get to it. But when I first look at a mini, I want to find a way to accentuate the pose and make it do something exciting. Or interesting. Just as a color aside, I used the same colors in his skin as I did on the base. I want him to fit into his environment. For any piece, I want it to make sense. Using fewer colors helps, because then they don't fight each other as much. I'm using a simple complementary color scheme of red and green. It's an easy way to get contrast without working hard. Note that while my red is intense (ie bright, really red, looks pretty red, hey that's a red) my green is desaturated (dull, boring, stuck some other colors in it to make it look less green, more olive, not bright) I'll admit- his red isn't showing from this side, but here: See? Red. Then I found him a friend! A lady friend! There we go! He's going to summon her right out of the swampy water. Let's dance! Actually, the title will probably be "Dance with Me" but I'm willing to take suggestions! Now, I want to explain why I like these two together. First, I love the negative space they form in between their bodies. They create two intersecting areas at the hands and the skirt/knee section. The space between them is interesting. While it would be cooler if she was looking at him and pulling our eyes back into the center, at the very least, the negative space helps with that. Negative space is made up of the areas in between form. In painting or drawing it looks like this: I like the ones that trick the eye. A vase or candlestick? Or faces? You choose! But in art, use of negative space can be a powerful tool to create interest. I put the arrows in the show where I see my viewer's eye flowing along lines in the composition. See how the rock I made creates a line that points up and in? I sculpted it that way on purpose. His hand points out, her body forms a line that points down. It's a triangle in its most basic form. Also, their hands form parallel lines. Their forms create an x. X's are cool. The eye likes x's. So when I'm making something, be it basework or premade stuff, I want to put it together to help tell my story in a pleasing way. It's one of the reasons I make so many fancy bases. I can control exactly how things fit together. Then it makes the lines I want. But it isn't enough! Let's play with a tree! I took a black cherry sprout that invaded my garden and added a few branches. You can see the ones with a wire core versus the real ones. A lot of the time I make the tree from scratch, but I liked this sprig and since I killed it, I'm making use of it! Ok, yeah. Now we've got some swampy furniture to set the stage. See where the lines point? I adjusted the branches a bit to make them more pleasing later, but you get the idea. I'm thinking about how I want to create intersections and how I want to balance the figures in order to make it seem harmonious. To that end, there's way to much pointing to the right. I need something on the left, correct? Add in some roots and something to anchor the left side of the composition... Take a look at the roots and see what lines they mimic. I added a few branches to my left tree. I poured the water base and the water effect is still drying here. I wanted a swamp, right? and from the back. I picked this piece of wood because I liked the way it mimicked my roots and water. So, I'm still not sure that helps explain why things work or don't, but let me know if something doesn't make sense and I can scribble a few more arrows and use my words better!
  18. Corporea's Corner: Keeping painters happy and well fed. (Please take the Chocolate. It isn't allowed back in my suitcase!)
  19. Don't forget to come hang out with the artists, too! We may look like we're concentrating on painting, but it's just to pass the time and we love talking with anyone who'll talk to us. The whole point of us being there is for easy access. I'm happy to answer questions or help in any way! We get (sniff sniff) lonely if people avoid us... Also, most of us are pretty shy and technically introverts, so if you need a quiet space, come hang with us. Our tables are safe tables! Hmmm... I should make a sign to that effect...
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