Paint Test – Silver-bay Blanket Appaloosa
In order to test out new color combinations (or to make sure I have the colors right for a custom order) I use a basic horse template that I trace over and then paint over/in.
So of like a clothing or costume designers sketches, it’s meant as a very rough outline of what the final horse will look like– but it’s a lot easier to make sure the concept will work here and not on the model.
Over the years I’ve used a bunch of different outlines, but this time around I wanted to be able to use sketchbook paper since it wrinkles a lot less than the copier paper.
So I grabbed by trusty tiny sketchbook and started doodling! Continue reading
1. I never meant to hurt anyone; I just forgot how deeply mortals fall in love.
2. He stubbornly insisted toast was the best destiny for bread, so whenever he wasn’t looking she made bread pudding.
3. The stars go on forever. No matter how powerful a lens they build, instead of darkness they find even more distant light. It’s too big, too vast, and they smash the observatories and burn the records until they feel large again.
4. She found him by the side of the road trying not to cry.
5. The castle is enchanted or cursed, depending on which story you listen to, but either way no one steps foot with the grounds anymore.
I’m undertaking a big project this month, although most of the change will happen slowly, at some point there will be a dramatic shift in the design of this blog. Why? Because I’ve realized this web-home exists for three reasons: See Horses, Read Stories, Learn Stuff.
Right now the design of this blog is really all about my own ability to find things I’ve archived in the posts.
Want to know how many colors I’ve painted Breyer G2 Scrambling Foals? There a category for that.
Want to see how many blue horses I’ve painted? Oh look, there a tag for that!
How about monthly accounting posts from 2012′s small business adventures? Have a tag.
Or learning how to play World of Warcraft on a treadmill? CATEGORIES AWAY!
Soooooo, yeah. I am relatively certain no one uses an of these nice shiny ways to hop around the blog other than me (if Google is to be believed). Which means it’s time to pare things down to the three core reasons anyone would stop by these hallowed halls.
So for 2014, it’s going to be a bit easier to See Horses, Read Stories, and Learn Stuff.
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple — Jenny Joseph
Apologies to Jenny Joseph, but it’s been one of those, err– months? Years?
I’ve forgotten how long I’ve been running around re-learning How Not To Die. Which is appropriate, given the settings.
But I’m getting better at Not Dying, working out how to fit all the fun of Feral Feral’ing into fewer buttons (and more macros), and slowly… veeeeery slowly gearing up.
WoW seems to be subtly hinting that I need to play my alts.
Where ‘subtle’ means 75% of the build-a-
bearcat gear drops aren’t leather.
On the on hand, it is a good way to lure me into looking over all the alts I’ve left to twiddle their thumbs, but on the other– I just want to wear purple goldarnit! With so many people running around, I’ve had more luck finding chests than I have killing anything, so the grind is that much slower.
I still need the chest, boots, helm and belt– which means I’m only 50% done.
Now if I only had enough high levels alts to use all the cloth, mail, and plate by-products…. *mutters*
To Do List
The main failing for me this NaNoWriMo was that I didn’t get anything written outside of the Saturday write-ins. Since that’s pretty much all of the time, it’s something I definitely need to work on before next year! (Or next Camp)
So the goal for this week is to write at least 50 words per day Monday-Friday. Right now I’m not making any rules other than it has to be on an existing work. It could be new prose, editing, outlining, DVD Extras… whatever gets words on paper.
If that works, I’ll add another 50 words –and then another 50, and another– until I hit a comfortable limit.
If all goes well, I’d like to be writing and editing (and posting) at least one 1k serial story a week on a regular basis in 2014. I don’t see anyway I can pull that off unless I’m writing M-F as well as the weekends, so time to get started!
*picks up her teaspoon and eyes the mountain* Never give up! Never surrender!!
‘Sleep’ is no longer a valid choice. *sighs*
And with the sunrise, I’m once again on the dayshift… Well, to be fair, my old 11-8 was still technically a day shift, just more of an afternoon/late-evening shift.
But this means turning my schedule on its head again, and finding a new rhythm for my artwork and writing and WoW.
I’m hoping it means I’ll start using those missing three hours that I was wasting in the morning, but only time will tell. *pokes plans* Well, time and about a month’s worth of attempts at ‘Getting Things Done’.
For now I’m going to shift to a 7am/7pm EST posting schedule, so look for updates this week around those times. I think I figured out what was mucking up my automated scheduled postings (darn you Edit Flow! *shakes fist at sky*) so I’m testing it out.
Happy Monday to all! *bundles up an heads out the door into the cold*
Let the cleaning begin!
To help motivate myself this month to get back in the art trenches, I’m going to be posting a photo a day of the current workbench herd– even if I don’t get anything done!
I had a great time taking photos of the portrait horse as I was working on it and looking back at those it really helps to motivate me to do the same going forward. When you’re in the middle ugly stages, it’s easy to forget that all those layers will add up to something over time. (Plus it’s fun to watch a horse ‘grow’!)
The photos will go up to Facebook and Google+ albums and then once the month is over I’ll add a fun time lapse post here.
Who knows, if this turns out well I might keep doing it for 2014!