Wipe away the dust: I’m back
My goodness, it is dusty in here. Which is bad, since Covid jacked up my lungs.
Wait, is it too early for Covid jokes?
So, people haven’t ever been asking if I’m back, and since they haven’t been asking, I haven’t really had an answer, but yeah, I’m thinking I’m back.
My Twitch and Youtube careers never went anywhere and yet I am still compelled to help people paint. While I quit streaming and videos for the same reason I quit this blog – I didn’t feel like enough people were watching/reading to sacrifice time I would otherwise spend painting – I’m going to give the blog another chance.
Isn’t blogging dead? Probably, but it is less effort than Youtube.
Here’s the thing: I hate hearing from people who are afraid to paint or are hating the process or their results. It hurts me. If I could make it so that everyone could enjoy themselves and paint models that they were happy with, of any quality, I would be happy. Since I can’t just give people unsolicited advice I’m going to have produce something which people might choose to consume.
So blogging it is.
Let’s start things slow and easy – a casual set of blog posts where I talk about what I’ve been painting and thinking. Nice and easy and short. Bring blogging back to the roots where people wrote a journal and incomprehensibly exposed it to the public. I’m going to do that.
At first I thought I’d do a weekly post summarizing my painting to date. I’ve done this in the past because I couldn’t fathom what was the point of Twitter (and later Instagram) if I was also posting WIPs here.
Instead I held them back and posted them as a single post. This is good, but it was also a little hard to fill the space around the pictures. I think going forward I should instead skip the individual WIP shots and just show the last things I worked on.
For example. I was off recently and I was painting a miniature every couple of days. However, it was more like a miniature a day except I’d start a miniature in the evening, finish it in the afternoon and start it in the morning. This played havoc with my paint log – I’ve since changed how I track things.
Anyway, this would mean a bunch of pictures of each stage. However, each stage is not a true WIP as it shows a completely painted section. So, instead I could just show the last picture I took of each miniature, comment on it and move on.
Like this, an Infinity Nomad Sombra that I’ve been painting. It’s part of Operation Crimson Stone, that if I had been back on the blog a month ago would have its own project page. Another time, perhaps.
Currently the miniature is only flatted except for the dark grey bodysuit and the central red areas. Normally I like to have a cold red in the center and a warm red on the extremities, but this time I actually started with Kimera Kolors Magenta. I think it works and will make a good contrast with the orange.
And that’s it for this week. It actually isn’t the weekly post but rather just my “I’m Back” post. Except another post this weekend. This is just to get me started.