Thursday, October 9, 2014

Last paint session for Battle for Salvation

I've pretty much run out of time.  I "finished" Willie and Electrical Creation #3 tonight, and I stalled out after repainting the OSL on the Gamin.

This was a tough exercise in painting skin.  Too much contrast, not enough contrast, back-and-forth, back-and-forth.  I finally gave it up and called it "lesson learned". 

After posting it on the WAMP forum, Scott Radom offered the following advice:
I think it's often important to maintain "project momentum" rather than strive for perfection on each piece. I think the mini looks good and any frustration you feel didn't appear to wind up on the finished piece.

Great advice. 

I replied:
You hit it on the head, Scott -- project momentum.

And that concept scales. I feel it for individual models as well as for batch-painting multiple models. One thing that's becoming clearer as I press through this current batch-painting exercise is that, for an individual model, I approach the model with a subconscious goal or two, which I want to accomplish for that particular model. The goal might be the OSL effect, the skin, the edging, some particular element or two on the model, etc. So I focus on those one or few goals, in order to gain practice and experience in that focused area, and the rest of the model can be painted to a "sufficient" level.

I'm becoming a little more conscious of this habit. I wonder if I should adapt that approach as a more-conscious and deliberate choice for a while and see where it takes me.

It's interesting what deadlines will reveal to you... 

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