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Most will empty and ensure that their wet pallets are dry before travel. We should post it for future reference.

Oh yes, I did that! I just forgot during the con. Got home on Thursday night and discovered that I'd soaked a good part of the mixed-media art/sketch book I'd brought, some of my clothes, some notes, etc. :down::lol:

 

Sounds like a good reason to stick the thing in a Ziplock bag. ^^; *makes a note*

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Events:

- Garden gloves instead of latex gloves for the melt table.

- "Speed painting" and "Sophie Says" do occur, just need to be fast to obtain a seat.

I got in on a speed paint event. But I am far, far, far... :down: ...from fast.

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Another thing:

 

I know it's been said before, but you should really try to talk to the artists that are there.

 

This might be more of a 'lessons in progress' for me, though. I only managed to talk to artists I knew from the forums (hi Corporea and Talespinner!), or ones who were teaching a class I was in.

 

I know it's just me, but I couldn't help but feel like I was gonna get a 'What do you want, noob?" from someone.

Totally irrational, I know, but it's something that I need to work on.

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Alright, I'm at a computer now. 

 

So Classes, what I learned:

 

Shaded Basecoats - Don't be scared of colors, don't stress about the color wheel so much. Know it, yes, but don't worship it. 

Sometimes the most interesting thing you can do for a model besides painting it well, is using something unique as the shadow or base to bring out something you may have never thought about before. That ugly bright minty green color you my turn your nose up at? Could make for the perfect highlight you've been dreaming of. That flourescent green that would sit in the bottom of the box unused? Could be the perfect highlight or blend for that green that you want to make 'pop'.

 

Painting Flats - Light. Seriously, it's been how long and you still don't consider Light Mrs. M? LIGHT. You can blend, now just use the light dangit. 

 

Portraiture - Have confidence and practice. Just like in painting flats, think about light and shadows. Paint the contrasts. If you can do it on a flat then you can do it on a model. (I bought a massive bag full of little dowels to paint on and practice)

 

Basing - Think outside the box, train goods, seriously think outside the box. 

 

Airbrushing - Airbush. 

 

 

Life Lessons:

 

- Bring a change of clothes if you're going to wear something sorta tight. 

- 3 cups of kraken is good

- Be less Awkward 

- Don't defeat yourself (I never entered my flat or my stone giant, though I had both with me)

- Chocolate is a sometimes treat not whenever you see it. 

- Buy a bigger suitcase. 

- Quit missing out on survival paint. 

- You seriously had access to a wide variety of amazing sculptors and never once asked about conversion sculpting, you need to stop doing that. 

- six classes is juuuuust right. 

 

- Start Tomorrow.

 

Mint Green and Spring Green are 2 of my favorite highlight colors!

I also went out and got a big bag of little wood disks to practice portaiture on. Now to get to it.

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That was last year, David. As far as I can tell, it did not occur this year.

 

 

 

Hey, that's when we determined that you are genetically predisposed to rum, Mori to tequila and me to well, everything.  Oh and tequila makes Chaos Wolf's cloths fall off.

 

Just for clarification; that did not happen at the 'con.

It was a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

 

I learned:

Not to bring stuff to do in the evening, 'cause I'm just going to go to the fire pit and drink Dilvish's rum.

Rental cars are handy, but are pieces of crap and really expensive. This also reinforced that I really hate automatics.

Sleeping is overrated, I'll have to catch up at home.

I should take Monday off too so I don't miss the Auction.

The light produced by my travel lamp is useless in the convention center.

I should "Hang out" on the Reaper forums and I needed a new account with a better name.

Jessica Rich is an awesome teacher and I can't wait to start adding more freehand and portraiture to my figs.

I've learned that fluids, translucent fabric and NMM aren't as hard as I've been making them out to be and I just need to practice.

My blending needs more work :(

Sculpting little itty bitty faces is HARD... but I'll be practicing...

8 classes (9 sessions) is considered a lot by pretty much everyone (though I was fine with it). I think I'll only take 7 next time... but that's just so I can do some social painting. 

I need to spend more time on basing and display (borrrring)

My husband's glasses and mine look the same ... but are VERY different! I now have cool leopard readers which should fix that confusion.

I'll be back next year...and I'll be starting the contest pieces tomorrow.

 

Yes, you should!! Welcome to the asylum. :upside:

 

Thanks for the lifts, too!

 

 

Edit---ooops, forgot what I learned:

--I need to work on my shading/highlights a lot more

--drybrushing has it's uses, but don't overdo it

--I'm actually a little better at sculpting than I thought (based on a sculptor's comments on my Colossal Skeleton)

You're welcome too!
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Alright, I'm at a computer now.

 

So Classes, what I learned:

 

Shaded Basecoats - Don't be scared of colors, don't stress about the color wheel so much. Know it, yes, but don't worship it.

Sometimes the most interesting thing you can do for a model besides painting it well, is using something unique as the shadow or base to bring out something you may have never thought about before. That ugly bright minty green color you my turn your nose up at? Could make for the perfect highlight you've been dreaming of. That flourescent green that would sit in the bottom of the box unused? Could be the perfect highlight or blend for that green that you want to make 'pop'.

 

Painting Flats - Light. Seriously, it's been how long and you still don't consider Light Mrs. M? LIGHT. You can blend, now just use the light dangit.

 

Portraiture - Have confidence and practice. Just like in painting flats, think about light and shadows. Paint the contrasts. If you can do it on a flat then you can do it on a model. (I bought a massive bag full of little dowels to paint on and practice)

 

Basing - Think outside the box, train goods, seriously think outside the box.

 

Airbrushing - Airbush.

 

 

Life Lessons:

 

- Bring a change of clothes if you're going to wear something sorta tight.

- 3 cups of kraken is good

- Be less Awkward

- Don't defeat yourself (I never entered my flat or my stone giant, though I had both with me)

- Chocolate is a sometimes treat not whenever you see it.

- Buy a bigger suitcase.

- Quit missing out on survival paint.

- You seriously had access to a wide variety of amazing sculptors and never once asked about conversion sculpting, you need to stop doing that.

- six classes is juuuuust right.

 

- Start Tomorrow.

 

Mint Green and Spring Green are 2 of my favorite highlight colors!

I also went out and got a big bag of little wood disks to practice portaiture on. Now to get to it.

This is an awesome idea.

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I only fangirl'd really over the top once, and that was during the Royal Rumble Bones conversion class with Bobby Jackson, Gene Van Horne and Jason Wiebe.  Jackson picked up what I'd done and says "This looks like something Wiebe would sculpt"  I told him that was the nicest thing anybody could say to me.  He handed it to Jason Wiebe who said "Yeah, I would do something like this" and I told them all I could just go home because nothing cooler could happen to me the rest of the 'Con.  I'm pretty sure I squee'd a little too.

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Didn't really meet anyone, but I did learn that people throw the darndest things into the metal exchange table - including at least seven old fantasy Slann that are now part of my Oldhammer collection.

Waves hi too late in preparation for future 2017 con.

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A couple more lessons popped into my head:

 

- Melt table: Go early, go often! It really is a treasure hunt.

- RPG games: Bring a dice tower or dice tray. It's tight in there. A dice off the table is not easy to recuperate. And keep the number of dice you need on the table at a minimum. Yes, I know you have two dozen d20s (so do I), but for convention games you won't need buckets of dice.

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I enjoyed the Con immensely and my only complaint is a minor one.  As a vegetarian, I ended up going hungry at two of the VIP dinners, once because vegetarian options were not offered at the BBQ and once because the caterers "ran out" of vegetarian lasagna before the first faction was through the dinner line.  I grabbed food elsewhere after leaving the Con, so it was no big deal, but it's kind of a drag to pay for a meal you can't eat.

 

 

For the last dinner at least, I thought that after the Hall of Famers and MSP medallists went through the buffet, the next group announced to go up were people with special food needs? I am a vegetarian, so I understand your situation. I'll try to make sure to ask about whether they can do it that way next year, and whether they can have a bit more of the alternate foods on hand. (There was also mac and cheese at that dinner.) Dairy and meat free together in one food item has proven to be more difficult for Reaper to provide with the caterers they usually work with, though I think the lasagna at that one meal might have been. 

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I enjoyed the Con immensely and my only complaint is a minor one.  As a vegetarian, I ended up going hungry at two of the VIP dinners, once because vegetarian options were not offered at the BBQ and once because the caterers "ran out" of vegetarian lasagna before the first faction was through the dinner line.  I grabbed food elsewhere after leaving the Con, so it was no big deal, but it's kind of a drag to pay for a meal you can't eat.

 

 

For the last dinner at least, I thought that after the Hall of Famers and MSP medallists went through the buffet, the next group announced to go up were people with special food needs? I am a vegetarian, so I understand your situation. I'll try to make sure to ask about whether they can do it that way next year, and whether they can have a bit more of the alternate foods on hand. (There was also mac and cheese at that dinner.) Dairy and meat free together in one food item has proven to be more difficult for Reaper to provide with the caterers they usually work with, though I think the lasagna at that one meal might have been. 

 

Since even regular meat eating folks will occasionally eat the vegetarian options, it may be a good idea to let the vegetarians go first in the lineup.

 

The rest of us won't starve if there's less salad (though maybe we'll go for more antacids afterwards).

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