Sunday, July 23, 2017

ReaperCon 2017

I will be at ReaperCon this year, October 19-22:

I am teaching the following classes:

  • Difficult Colors: Black, White, and Red
  • Intro to OSL
  • Painting Metal: NMM vs. TMM
  • Freehand for the 2D Challenged
  • Painting Modern Characters

If none of those suit you, there are a whole lot of other painting and sculpting classes available from other very talented instructors. If you can get to Dallas for a few days in October, it's definitely worth checking out.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Back from WME

World Model Expo was great. Busy, tiring, but great. I took some classes, saw some friends, and this happened:

That's a bronze for the diorama. Considering the level of competition, I'm very happy with that.

I have some commissions to work on for a while, so posts will be fewer for a few weeks. But I do intend to get back to finishing things that I left half done to concentrate on the diorama. It'll also be time to start on my ReaperCon piece soon. Here's a preview of that:

That's just the start of layout. It's going to be the dancing girl on some kind of cobblestone or maybe dirt street, with a bowl for collecting coins. I need to cut the base off her and get a bowl. That one came from the Twisting Catacombs scenery kickstarter, but it's too big. The thing has a diameter wider than her hips! So, I'll need to sculpt a bowl, probably. I also need to decide if that's the right size base.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Diorama: Done!

All done, and with almost a whole week to spare!

I don't anticipate doing another project of this size for a while. Glad I did it, learned a lot and I'm pretty happy with the result (though it has flaws that I'll need to keep in mind and address in the next one). But I'm looking forward to getting back to smaller, faster projects for a while.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Oscar: Done!

I've finished up Oscar the Cat. Next time I'll place him on the diorama, and then that whole piece will be done. Finally. Yay! It's been a good experience and I've learned a lot, but I'm ready to be done.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Oscar: Fur, Shading and Highlighting

I did the fur texture, shading, and highlighting on Oscar's body today. I actually got a lot farther than I expected to. The idea was to put some fur texture on everywhere with a slightly lighter color, and then add additional texture and shadow by adding additional small strokes of a darker color. Same for highlights, just with a lighter color.

I'm not displeased with the results, though I think the first side came out better than the second. That's unfortunate because it's the 'outside' side, the side his head is turned away from, that's going to be more visible.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Diorama: Oscar

Here's Oscar. If he comes out reasonably well, he's the last bit for the diorama.

It's not going to be easy - I plan to try texturing his fur, which is going to be a lot of work and may not come out at all.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Diorama: Bits

Yes, it has been a while. I've been on vacation for a couple weeks. As usual, Origins was a lot of fun!

I've started adding bits and details to the diorama. New today is the cup, the drops of wine, and the sword leaning against the wall. I'm going to add some vases, and maybe a cat.