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Ok, kind of like the title says. On the "good" side, what's the one skill/bit of advice from other painters you are glad you took up? On the bad side, what's the one thing you hear EVERYONE here saying you shouldn't do, but you do it anyway?
Myself, using a palette, and discovering clearcoat, brush-on primer rank Number One on the "good" side, I think. Both made my painting much better. The clearcoat, in particular, forced me to be neater with my basecoats, as I couldn't simply rely on a black undercoat to "fill in the gaps."
As for bad habits, I admit I don't take as good care of my brushes as I should. Paint has gotten into the ferrules more than once, and yes, I continue to use said brush.
I good habit I picked up (after years of painting) is watering down my colors. It helps soooooo very much and I'm glad I started doing it.
My worst habit is that I'm impatient and sloppy when I paint. I'm always having to cover up errors. Also, I have a bad habit of not using a test mini for new color schemes, so I've ended up repainting whole squads after I put some color on every model.
Trying out a DIY wet-palette after one of the Leprechaun guys did a mini-tutorial really has made a huge difference to how I paint...
Buying my first W&N Series 7 also opened my eyes to so much. A decent brush makes painting such a pleasant experience compared to the bad old days of struggling with GW own-brand...
Things that seem obvious like watering down paint, using real-life references (yay! for google) and taking inspiration and criticism from people on here have also really helped out over the years.
Oh, and buying Kommando Kharki. It's an awesome colour. Thanks Flamebeard!
As for bad habits... Hm, well, I hope I don't have too many, but I suspect that there is something lurking in my broom cupboard. Aside from all them ghastly old models... *shudder*
Oh, I know. Motivation. I often find it impossible to pick up a brush, as I'm just too tired and I can easily find myself looking at it like a chore more than a fun thing to do, which is of course absoluetly incorrect!
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"Never before has another man made me want to go out and buy vasaline"~The Paint Monkey
"All I can remeber is Hazard stripes and -T's dusty brushes. ~danjones87
My best thing that i do/did was A) Buy high quality brushes water down paints often, infact all the time
My worst things are A) Using my nice brushes to drybrush when im lazy...(i know i shouldnt, but sometimes i forget... Licking my paint brushes after i wash them...its the best way to make a point, but most people say im eventually going to die from it...
"This sure ain't no pansy Eldar Armor, Son"
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"One Shot, One Kill"
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Best thing I ever did? I suppose I could say the time that I learned to water down my paints but the best thing that I've ever done was practice, practice, and not stopping practicing. I developed a steady hand through practice and I've found that this causes the majority of errors in painting (that and the fact that people couldn't be bothered to go back and correct them).
Bad habits? I guess motivation, and the fact that I haven't bothered to learn how to highlight things properly yet? It seems like a lot of difficult work, though I imagine that the results are worth it in the end.
Like people have said,
Good: Using Water, Good Brushes, LO, entering the comps to push me a little bit each time, brush soap, tidy desk=tidy mind, taking advice, experimenting, sitting next to the window for natural light (vitamin D is under-rated), 'day-light' bulb for painting in winter, et c.
Bad: Motivation, painting models for the sake of it so that my 'game' pieces never get done, getting distracted by video games & films (curse you Oblivion and Jon Voigt), using good brushes for mixing paint (I can't stop myself. It's like I enter a dream-world each time I do it. I can see myself doing it but I can't pull myself together to stop it.), not priming properly, rushing (it ends up actually taking longer than if I relaxed and had stress-free fun), messy desk=messy mind, not finishing stuff that I've started (I have stuff I started over A YEAR AGO still waiting, poor things), et c.
Cervantes: In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
Good: Finally learning how to water paints down without making them practically inks. Learning from constructive criticism rather than poo-poo-ing it. Using a pallette rather than taking it straight from the bottle.
Bad: Using dodgy Vallejo reds because they're 40p cheaper. Finishing a model with a brown ink wash. Licking my brush after washing it.
good: using an old tile as a palette ;Y
bad: forgetting to wash the palette after months of painting and losing my newest mixed color to the jumble of color already on the tile
Currently working on I.Repent, Part one of the Lost Astartes Story
If anyone is interested let me know and i will share some unfinished product :)
Also have a codex, and miniatures in the works
Good: Watering down the paints.
Bad: Using my brushes to death.
Tekore (who's about to use a beat up brush, again)
The best thing I've picked up this far (I still have loads of things to learn see ) is to use the Blending Medium. It's a great thing that keeps the paints wet for much longer, hence I can do things like layering and fine details... Lovely thing. An other good thing is how people push for making scenic bases, it really makes the whole difference.
Things people try to teach me and I still subconsiously refuse to do: finishing models. Stop treating my brushes with disrespect. Be nice to my brushes. Take care of my br...oh, I've said that already:/ opps.
Oh, I really need to learn to finish my models too