October 2013 - Jumping on this bandwagon (Great idea Kev) in the hope that it will help me get my act together. (Slim hope is still hope right? Lol) I do make a few quid here and there, and would love to make more, but really I AB cos I love the challenge. I look at the work of my idols, many of whom are on this orange slice of interweb, who inspire me everyday, and I think, why can't I paint like that? Well the brutal and honest truth is I may never be able to paint like that, but I can certainly enjoy trying to get to be as good as I possibly can, and seeing where the whole thing takes me. So what's stopping me? Me!!! I dither, overthink, procrastinate, mess about, use paint bottles as a microphone and sing along to the radio, rock out some air guitar, (loser!) and occasionally produce some painting . In short, if I was getting a report for my efforts it would be "Easily distracted, must try harder" A big part of the problem (apart from lack of skill) is lack of confidence. When guys get all technical and start talking about colour theory, and arty processes, and the like, my brain glazes over. I spend a lot of time drawing out ideas and planning out how I might do it, but when it comes down to painting, I pretty much just wing it. I always think I'm not doing things right, and that I'm not making the most of my brush or getting enough detail. And using colour is pretty much guesswork that I make up as I go along. So if someone likes what I've done, I can't quite believe they're talking about me. Hopefully this loggy thingy will keep me on the straightish and narrowish. I say 'ish' cos at the end of the day I love ABing, and won't get too furrow browed and serious about it in case that changes, and I'm pretty fond of having a whinge, moan and swear too, so I'm sure I will fall of this bandwagon from time to time. But for now I shall place my hand over my heart and pledge the forum to :- 1) - Get my bum in gear, stop twatting about, and get on with it. Aim to produce a piece of art at least once a month. 2) - Have some self confidence. Stop worrying about how to get things done, is there anything wrong with going with the flow? So I don't get the tech stuff, I'll just find my own way, does it matter as long as you're happy with the end result? 3) Take progress pics and post step by steps in case they are helpful to others, and so give something back to the forum. 4) I always try (try being the operative word) to get some originality into my work, even if it's just adapting a ref, but my dream is to be able to produce original fantasy art, which is my true love, so I need to keep my eye on this prize, keep working toward it, and work on my own designs. 5) Always try to be better, but appreciate how far I've already come, and remember I do it for fun. I know I've already posted these, but I'm counting it as work for October, so there! Lol!!!!