Link Ups – April 5

I continue to lurch from one show/convention to the next with barely a moment to spare, so this poor blog has been pretty neglected. I promise I have some meatier content simmering on the back burner that I hope to finish up some time soon to share! In the meantime, here are some links to interesting and insightful info from other miniature painters and artists to help you on your painting journey.

Atlanta Model Figure Show Photos
I did finally manage to post my photos from three events back! There were some fantastic miniatures at the Atlanta Model Figure Show this year that I think you’ll enjoy looking through photos of.

Reaper Skin Tone Paint Information and Demonstration
Anne Foerster shares some insights and does demos with the various skin tone paint options available from Reaper Miniatures in this video. Anne’s segment starts about 11 minutes in.

More Information on Colour Theory
Jerry’s Artarama followed up their Color Theory 101 video that I linked to in a previous Link Ups with a recent Color Theory 201 segment. This one explains hues, values, and how to mix tints, shades, and tones in a clear way with demonstrations.

If you’d like a text document on colour theory to reference, this one or this other one are options. (I keep sharing different information on colour theory and mixing because it’s a subject I found I had to review multiple times with info from different sources before it really started to click for me.)

How We See Values (Contrast) and How that Affects our Art
This video by Cesar Santos has some interesting information about the nature of the human eye that leads to us making mistakes with light/dark value contrast.

Chain photo by Bryson Hammer from Unsplash.

Colour Link Ups – January 28

Life continues to leave me much less time for blogging than I’d like. I’ve got some additional thoughts on why we need to paint strong shadow/light contrast that I want to talk about, but that’s going to take a little while to work up. In the meantime, here are some link-ups to helpful information on working with colour!

Video: Colour Theory 101

If you aren’t very comfortable with choosing colours, colour theory can seem a bit of a daunting topic. But it’s worth studying because it can provide great guidelines precisely for those moments when you aren’t sure what colours to use. This introductory video covers the basic concepts of colour theory. The demonstrator uses canvas acrylic paint, but the principles apply to miniature paint, too. She’s working on a follow-up video, which I will try to link to when it releases.

https://youtu.be/XrROq7Qoxok

Text: Colour Theory Basics

No time for videos? Prefer to learn via reading? No problem! There’s a wealth of information on colour theory out there, and this guide from the Metropolitan art museum is a good place to start.

https://mymodernmet.com/basic-color-theory/

Video: 8 Tips for Choosing Colours

Theory, smeory. What if you just want to some hands-on practical tips for colour choices? You might like this video, better. The artist uses markers for her examples, but don’t be dismayed by that. Marker artists work the same way many miniature painters do, choosing from a wide selection of pre-mixed colours rather than mixing colours from a small pool of paints (or markers).

https://youtu.be/Qp2oQnsZ-Ac

Video: Painting True Metallics

Shiny metallic paints have different properties than standard colours, and can benefit from use of some different techniques. Join Reaper Miniature’s paint maven, Anne Foerster, for a great technique to use painting with metallic paints. Anne demonstrates on a bust, so you can get a good view of what she’s doing. This is the first in the Reaper Toolbox video series. This is a different technique than what I’ve used in the past with metallic paints, and I’m looking forward to trying it out soon myself!

https://youtu.be/csnzlcKruBo

Video: Me (Awkward!)

I was interviewed for the Reaper Live program a while ago, and the video is now up on YouTube. Topics include how I got into painting miniatures, and some sneak peek info on upcoming paint collections and the next learn to paint kit.

https://youtu.be/uyXDS9F_fTE

Photo by Treimerh, from Morguefile.

Link Ups – November 8

I want to share some of the videos and information that help me learn or get me excited to work on projects, as well as general hobby news, so I’ve decided to do a periodic news/links round-up post.

Also I know my posting schedule has gotten to be a little erratic, but I’m working hard to get back on track!

In Praise of Mediocrity

I love the message of this short essay. The author theorizes that a lot of people don’t have hobbies because we increasingly feel that we need to perform something at an expert or professional level, or not at all. I think there are other people who do have hobbies, like miniature painting, but who torture themselves about whether they’re ‘good enough’. It’s okay to do something just to enjoy it, and to do it in the way you enjoy rather than some way you think you’re ’supposed’ to do it! I think that is actually what a hobby is meant to be. If you do it to an expert/professional level, it’s a calling/career/work/whatever you want to call it. (Which is more long the lines of what miniature painting is for me at this point, but my general artistic pursuits definitely fall more into the hobby category.)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/opinion/sunday/in-praise-of-mediocrity.html

Blogger Shout Out

Jen Greenwald is my blogging consultant. She is also an inspiration to me in how she doggedly and consistently pursues her miniature hobby goals. She takes classes and studies tutorials and seeks out feedback, but she also gets that butt in the chair time is really the key to improving. Which she very much has in the time that I’ve known her! If you enjoy regular work-in-progress updates, check out her blog. I always find it helpful to see WIP stages of what people work on as well as the end result.

https://minipainterjen.blogspot.com/

Sculpting link

If you are at all interested in the sculpting side of miniatures, whether to do conversions, sculpt full figures, or just gain some insight into how the figures we paint come to be, you’ll enjoy this very thorough look at the process and tools that is chock full of excellent advice and fantastic pictures.

https://massivevoodoo.blogspot.com/2018/10/article-i-want-to-be-miniature-sculptor.html

ReaperCon News

The dates and location for ReaperCon are set until 2023! The time – Labor Day weekend. The place – the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center. (Which I loved, so bright and clean and friendly!) If you need a reminder of why you should come to ReaperCon, here’s my previous blog post on the subject.
https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/08/15/reapercon-not-just-for-reapers/

And my post about why you should go to one or another miniature convention:
https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/08/09/some-prose-on-cons-conventions-and-shows/

Reaper Paint Lines Info

Last week’s episode of Reaper Live on YouTube features Reaper’s paint guru, Anne Foerster, briefly explaining the different paint lines and products that Reaper offers. And she’s working on a Toolbox show, so there will be a lot more info about paint in the future!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE8GUi3izo0&t=2451s

Art Book Submissions

ArtOrder is soliciting submissions to a shared world fantasy art book. They fund their books via Kickstarter, and share 50% of the profits amongst the contributing artists. I’ve been enjoying their previous project, Tiny Dragons. Read more about the shared world and the project at this link. I figure this will be more of interest to two dimensional artists, but I’m sure there’s a creative way to create a diorama or other three dimensional work to photograph for inclusion!

http://infectedbyart.com/contestdetails.asp

Please let me know in the comments if you found any of that useful, or if there are other types of information and links you’d like me to share in future installments of Link Ups.