Sunday, September 17, 2017

From the Desk: Weekend Roundup #145 (the last)

The last roundup...

So I haven't done a "weekend roundup" post for ages, and for good reason. My wife has been really sick for a few months now. Things are getting better now, and I am still painting. However one of the things I realized as my time got more pressed was that updating this blog is just not a super high priority for me. Doing weekly posts was once very helpful, but it had become a chore. So I'm setting that aside and will continue to just post finished works or other random things. Pictured here is a slightly staged view of my painting desk. The projects are the ones in progress.

Tomorrow, Wyrd's Iron Painter competition begins which I have bravely signed up for. I don't expect to win, but I am aiming to just finish all the rounds. This will obviously take a lot of my painting attention, so hence even more reason not to put too much time into the blog.

One last note: I am posting random painting progress on Instagram when it comes up, so if you just want pictures and sound bite updates from me, that's the best place to follow for the foreseeable future.

Total games played this year: 19

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Grootslang

This was just a weird model. Weird pose. Not a lot of "features" to it. No appropriate reference material to figure out what to do with it. So I just ended up experimenting with color on it. I tried to evoke a more otherworldly appearance to it.

Oh, and there were horrific mold gaps that I failed to handle properly during assembly that I ended up just trying to hide with paint. Glad to put this one in the done column.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Bad Juju

Another one done. This model was going ok, but there was a key point that I was working on it that reminded me where one of my own personal strengths with painting is: Color.
You see, I was painting the wood parts of this model and using a variety of browns and yellows and it was coming along just fine. "Just fine." It was at that point that I realized it wasn't providing me the depth that I wanted, so I took an extra step and applied a dark red wash to it. Magically the wood parts came alive to me. It reminded me that experimenting and playing with color is not only something I enjoy, but it's something I'm becoming better at. I'm not great by any stretch, but I'm making progress and feeling happy, and that's all I can really ask for.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Collodi

Collodi crew finished! After painting so many puppets and putting their magic strings on them, it was really satisfying to finish up Collodi himself and put his own controlling strings on to have the puppet master done.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Vasalisa

Vasalisa! Despite some serious errors and gaps in assembly, I managed to correct and hide the problems and clean it all up.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Bunraku

These were a real challenge to assemble, but they are pretty creepy little dudes.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Marionettes

Marionnets done!