I finished this incredibly expressive sculpt in two days, but produced one of my favorite, best, and best received pieces to date. I’ll tell you why he’s important to me.
I started an account on Putty & Paint back in January, filled with excitement, ambition, and a healthy dose of fear. The standards on the site are incredibly high, and I had no established identity in the mini painting hobby to fill my sails right off the bat.
My first seven projects posted had fallen flat, failing to earn the ten votes needed to get a score. I was a little frustrated, a little mad, and a little embarrassed. I was not, however, discouraged.
I knew I was producing quality pieces, and (far more importantly) that my painting was rapidly improving. On Friday I added four new projects (the other three were recently presented on ToadChapel), which includes my best work to date.
This time my painting got a lot more attention and I earned a silver medal for this orc. The attention also pushed an older project over the line, so in fact I got two. I was thrilled, not because it confirmed that I’m already great, but because it proved I belonged and gave me a place to start on the next leg of my miniature painting journey. I’m proud of this work and can’t wait to improve upon it.
Maybe these reflections catch you at a point where you’re trying to elevate your minis game, and feel a little vulnerable as you try to stake out new territory as an artist. Maybe you’re intimidated by that word. I shared my experience to try to lend you a little confidence.
Jump in with both feet, be honest with yourself about where you are and where you want to be as a mini painter, and learn what it takes to succeed, however you define success. Be humble but don’t be meek. And apply yourself seriously to the task you’ve set yourself. I’d sincerely love to hear about your goals, struggles, and successes.
This is the orc academic bust from Hera Models. I can’t recommend it highly enough.