Welcome to this weeks Musings!
The Camera Never Lies
It may be true to say the camera never lies but I’m beginning to think the camera exaggerates. Allow me to explain.
These days I pretty much paint only 28mm figures. My eyesight isn’t that bad but I do wear glasses which make me look devilishly handsome (OK so it was my mum that said that’s how I look but it still counts) and when I’m painting I use one of those magnifying head visors which enables me to get up close and personal. Now the thing is that looking at the figure through the visor all magnified up it generally looks good to me. Good enough to call it finished and move on to basing and eventual picture taking for a future blog post.
Now a little while ago I wasn’t happy with my photos but then I bought a light box and my basic photographic skills were immediately enhanced. I’m still happy with the photos but the end results take no prisoners when it come to highlighting flaws in my work. With the naked eye and even with the visor on I struggle to see these errors but the camera never fails to do so.
I think part of the problem is that the photos I’m taking and subsequently posting dont truly reflect that the figure is pretty small. A fact that is probably undertsood by fellow modellers but not necessarily by anyone else.
As I see it I have three choices. I can either 1) learn to take better photos, 2) improve upon my painting skills or 3) stop giving a shit about it!
Until I improve on 1 and 2 I’m going to have to go with number 3.
I was accused, very unusually I might add, of being selfish the other day. I was simply keeping myself to myself and doing what I wanted to do which was modelling. Instead I was expected to immediately stop what I was doing and do something that someone else wanted me to do. This begged the question was it me being selfish or them? A hard one to call and one which required a great deal of thought I’m sure you will agree. In the end I decided a compromise offerred the best solution so I chose to do neither and went to the pub for a pint instead.
Are Theories Always Right?
Theories are pretty much like opinions and arseholes, everyone has one. Darwin had a good one and most people have bought into it. I have my doubts. I’m happy to believe it but can’t help but feel like some others do that there ought to be a missing link.
Now when it comes to modelling the hobby abounds with theories and opinons ranging from how to paint and how to make. Nothing wrong with that but years of research doesn’t always result in the right theory. The following “true” story proves my point.
The professor stood and addressed the expectant audience. “Ladies and gentlemen, following a comprehensive study I can confirm that the more regularly people have sex the happier they are. To prove my theory I would ask all of you who have sex more than once a week to raise your hands”. Approximately 50% of the audience raised there hands and everyone that did so had a beaming smile.
“Now can I ask those of you who have sex once a week to raise your hands”. This time about 25% of the audience raised their hands. They weren’t as happy as the first group but they were smiling none the less.
“Now can I ask those of you who have sex once a month to raise their hands.” Of those remaining all but one man raised their hands. Each person was visibily miserable.
Noticing that one man had not raised his hand throughout the professor pointed to him and asked – “Excuse me sir but I could not help but notice that at no point did you raise your hand. Would you mind telling me how often you have sex?”. “Not at all” said the man with the widest smile of anyone in the room “I have sex once a year”.
Shocked the professor said “Let me get this right. You only have sex once a year and yet you are the happiest man in the room?”. “Yes” said the man. The professor tore up his thesis and threw it in the air in dismay. “That’s my theory thrown out the window!” He said frustratingly. “Perhaps you could tell me and the audience why when you only have sex once a year you are so happy”. “Because” said the man “tonight’s the night!”
Until next time.