So these legs would be pretty much finished had I remembered to buy primer last week. It'l arrive at some point next week I imagine, so I suppose I'd better start detailing up the torso (the last part to do). Y'know, I may even finish this bugger before the deadline.
Bit of a long one so I'll split into two posts - This one will be about the 'Dark Lance' that I was going on about in the first WIP post. I'm pretty pleased with my stroke of genius to use the shield to form the body of the weapon, as it fits in with the model really well. I had the shield left over as I knew this model would not be using it, and I was thinking for weeks about how I was going to build the massive weapon that this thing needed - it took a while to click but is seemed obvious once I started building.
So I found it frustrating to have to sit in front of the computer to paint, so my progress has been a bit slow recently as I've been working a lot this year. But the iPad has allowed me to just whip it out and start sketching wherever I want, a real bonus when you have no time. I can imagine some people would say 'what's wrong with pen and paper', but this is really something else - being able to practice composition, colour and lighting and stuff not sat at a desk is really handy, I wouldn't have pushed myself to start landscape stuff if I didn't have the iPad.
Anyway, I started using Procreate for the ipad, it's £2.99 and has ZERO BRUSH LAG. Which is absolutely amazing, I can't work with brush lag.. The stock brushes are lovely, and the way it blends and stuff is really nice. It has layers and you can paint on a canvas up to 1920 pixels across, which is awesome on the retina display. It has no brightness and contrast etc. but you can get free Photoshop app that does that, you just have to export your picture as a jpeg. You can also import jpegs and paint on top of them, which is where the clouds come from in a couple of the images.
I thought I'd mark the day - Here's some photos from Monday, Hannah and I went to Arundel with our day off - It was brilliant because there was no one there, which is a complete contrast to the weekend when it's packed with people and a bit rubbish. I don't use my camera enough really.