Saturday, January 12, 2013

Since Last We Met (#4)

The positive luckily continues to outweigh the negative in life, and things are slowly starting to fit together in a manageable way. Over six posts I intend to highlight some of the progress I've made, show you sneak-peeks, and share useful tips I've picked up along the way.
#1: Work
#2: Novel-writing
#3: Book illustrations
#4: Painting
#5: Game Design
#6: Random Experiences
#4. Painting has always been one of those things that I wanted to do but never could. It may be a tad embarrassing to admit, but I used to love watching those painting shows like with Bob Ross or other such artists sharing their techniques. My mom had acrylics for painting ceramics she'd gotten at the craft store, but the most I'd ever done was paint pine trees for her Christmas village, and she was very protective of her fine-stroke brushes. In all my art classes, I'd barely touched a brush. (For me, the weapon of choice was the pencil.)
But when my husband and I decided to get Super Dungeon Explore, I knew I HAD to paint the figurines. A whole year later, I've even almost finished the first set--just in time for the expansion. *sigh* It's tons of fun, but also a ton of work. And I've definitely given myself plenty of it.
I only had to redo her mouth twice. Hooray!
Lessons for painters: 
  • Paint the hard-to-reach places first, like the underarms and such, because if you have to come back later, you may get that color on something that would already have been done.
  • Brushes need to be stiff. Really stiff. 
  • Wet the brush first. 
  • Don't get paint more than 2/3 of the way up the hairs, or it'll gum it up... and it's basically impossible to get out. So don't do it.
  • Don't freak out if you make a mistake. With paint, you can even cover black with white. 
  • If you want it to look nice, you'll need 2 or 3... or maybe even 6 coats of paint, depending on the color's consistency. (Curse you, yellow!)
  • It can give you a headache to squint at a quarter-sized dude for an hour straight, so get up, walk around, and go to the bathroom once in a while. 
  • Listen to music. Because you know you want to.
  • Eat something before you begin--it calms shaky hand syndrome. Really.


  1. Impressive! That figurine you featured is so cute. :D

    Even though I don't paint at all, I admire everyone who does. Like you, I also grew up watching painting shows starring Bob Ross and the like. They always left me in awe!

  2. I don't know if you use a palette, but I've thought there's a sense in which an artist's palette is like a writer's rough draft. It's fine for either to look like a mess to the layman; it's the final product that counts.

    1. I do use one of those, and it is ALWAYS grossly covered with paint, as is my washing tray. But it doesn't matter so much, so long as the minis look good. I want to expand into the realm of actual canvas paintings, but we'll see. I have a lot of painting to do as is.