dinsdag 7 mei 2013

Hosted an 'advanced' workshop

I have been doing workshops in painting quite a few times now. But all of them were based on easy, basic skills for newcomer painters. Kiddy-stuff, if you will. But this time, I had the opportunity to host a workshop where I could delve into some more intricate topics. 

I was asked by a local gaming store to host this workshop for a couple of guys who play GW's Lord of the Rings game. They wanted to get their painting skills to the next level. I did a basics workshop with these guys a couple of months ago, which in fact made it easier this time, since now I knew at what level they were at.

I took the time and effort toplan this workshop really good. I picked my topics logically (for instance: don't fret too much on true blending skills, as they want their army painting skills to improve. So: teach 'em good layering techniques!). As I had access to the basic LotR Fellowship models for use in this workshop, chose two models with great care - Gandalf for the cloak, and Aragorn for his face. I have been talking and teaching about shadow placement, good layering, color use, and - very important - a lot of talk about using proper materials.

These guys were LOVING it. I could sense their involvement and curiosity just by hearing them frantically ask about everything. A good sign it is, when they keep asking for more info, more examples, more learning! In the end they really seemed to have learned some valuable bits. There is so much I can achieve in one day, but each one of 'em took from this day their own learning points, and all had a clear vision of the steps towards improvement.

And that, I feel, made my day!

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