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Mike's IHA "Style" Article: Still a Work in Progress

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Mike - The Kiwi, Sep 2, 2018.

  1. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Posted here 1 Jan 12:
    "For those that know me you'll know I'm not too prolific, only 1 figure finished in 2011"

    I've shared about 60 projects in my VBench here over the last 12 years.
    Almost all of these were done in last 5 years.
    What's changed? What have I learnt?
    Who & what influenced the change?

    To answer these questions & in reflecting on my figure painting journey I've penned an article for Illustrated Historical Artist #8 due out tomorrow. (Part 2 will be in #9)
    It contains a three stage learning process that I'm hoping will appeal to many past, present & future Planeteers.

    Most importantly this article allows me to acknowledge the many individuals who have influences my development as a figure artist. PlanetFigure has played an important part in this, continuing today in helping me test, share & learn in a supportive place.

    Please have a read, share what you think - is it helpful or just indulgent?
    Keen to hear what your journey has been like - which stage are you in?
    How are you finding your style or do you even care about this?

    Mike "The Kiwi"

    STOP PRESS: Download here http://figurementors.com/downloads/the-illustrated-historical-artist-issue-8

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  2. Landrotten Highlander Well-Known Member

    looking forward to reading your article, as me too am looking to other artists to enhance my own painting skills.
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  3. John Bowery A Fixture

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    United-States
    Mike,
    Looking forward to the article.
    Cheers
    John
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  4. Nap Forum Moderator

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    England
    Mike

    Your an inspirational painter for sure so this will be a interesting article to read

    Looking forward to seeing this in the illustrated Historical Artist ...always a great production

    Nap
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  5. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Australia
    Can’t wait Mike
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  6. grasshopper Guest

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    Canada
    Read the piece today in IHA...remind me of what an editorial journalist friend termed “the ten year rule” ..it takes ten years to master a craft..with exactly the stages you identify...thank you Mike...your openness with your personal journey helps and inspires
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  7. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Thanks mate!
    Really value hearing from you Grasshopper- any connection to KungFu??
    Hadn't thought of it in that light so appreciate the insight.
    Glad you found it interesting.
    -Mike
  8. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England
    Hi Mike

    I also read the article ...not only are you a cracking painter but you also have a way with words .....very interesting to read and inspirational

    Looking forward to Pt 2

    Nap
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  9. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Thanks guys!
    Look forward to hearing what you think after reading it.
    Now available for download here:
    http://figurementors.com/downloads/the-illustrated-historical-artist-issue-8
  10. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    That was quick Kev & pleasing to hear you got value from it.
    What was of particular interest in Part 1 for you?
    -Mike
  11. Nap Forum Moderator

    Country:
    England

    I will read again for sure Mike but particularly like the way you describe the journey you made , I could almost feel the improvement

    Nap
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  12. grasshopper Guest

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    Canada
    Definitely connected to Kung Fu..the Master is Kagamusha...I struggle along as his grasshopper
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  13. Tony Dawe PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Australia
    Fantastic article Mike. I’m certain many Planeteers will draw inspiration from your journey.

    Hopefully many painters will recognise themselves in your descriptions of yourself in the early days.

    I know I did .
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  14. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
  15. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Looking forward to the IHA.
    Liked your first article.

    Marc
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  16. grasshopper Guest

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    Canada
    I like the second as much as the first. ..you have a deft way of bringing the reader along on your shared journey in a way that isn’t overbearing as expert to student, rather it’s amongst peers ..well done, informative and compelling...that my book jacket blurb Mike
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  17. megroot A Fixture

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    Netherlands
    downloaded it, and as the editions before it's a must read for all the figurepainters.
    Amazing magazine.

    Marc
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  18. grasshopper Guest

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    Canada
    Agreed Marc..it’s not just for military modellers..it’s for anyone. Even some uniform history. And it’s cheap.
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  19. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

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    New_Zealand
    Grateful for comments Marc & Hop.
    Reassuring to know that articles feel relevant & helpful.
    I was definitely aiming as Peer to peer vs master/apprentice in others.
    Hope too it complements other articles & encourages others to get practicing.

    ;-) in business Hop we shy away from 'cheap' & prefer "value adding" or "good value for money ".
    Neat to hear that it's useful & worthwhile.
    This issue sets standard for next ones to follow.
    Hoping support for it grows as fantasy is outpacing historical art nowadays it seems.
    -Mike
  20. grasshopper Guest

    Country:
    Canada
    I knew as soon as used it I wasn’t conveying the right message. Yes, great value, and inexpensive. Something can be great value but highly expensive. And for the evident labour, the product is one hell of a deal, and relatively cheap ...I compare to hard copy uk scale modelling publications where monthly tab here in Canada is 30% more and not more than a passing read..
    Still, my bad....
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