Thursday, 5 November 2015

ACEOs 6-10

More ACEOs! 

There's a huge gap between paintings here (and a big silence on this blog): I had a family tragedy in June and I lost my motivation to do anything. I tried to carry on as "normal" and it didn't feel right. I needed some time to just be a human blanket pile in my spare time, so I had it. 

I bought a Deck Box during the course of this batch of paintings because I couldn't deal with the mini paintings scattered everywhere, so now they have their own little white box to live in. I'd highly recommend them to anyone who does ACEOs. They're the perfect storage containers for them, and it'll be a long while before I've filled mine up. 


Cotman watercolours. I decided to try the waterbrush again with something a bit more sketch-like, and this was the result! It blotted an area of the fence without my permission, but otherwise was fine to use. I'm much happier with this than I am with the last waterbrush test.


Cotman watercolours. More of the waterbrush, and I used the exact same colours for this as I did for the previous one. I still had mixes leftover on the palette and the colours were so beautiful that I didn't want to waste them. I'm less happy with this one, but I think I've found my favourite bright green mix (sap and cobalt). 


Cotman watercolours, white gouache, Copic multiliner and clear wax crayon. This was a test for using a wax crayon on a water painting. It doesn't really work so well when the painting is this tiny. The wax was a bit overpowering, but it was certainly fun to try and I'd rather have tried it for the first time on an ACEO than a large piece that had taken ages to prepare for paint. Using the ACEOs like this was one of the reasons I bought them, after all. I used the waterbrush again for this one. 


Cotman watercolours. The tree went wrong pretty early on, but this was a very quick scribble done while another was drying, so it was never going to be all that great. I didn't have anything planned, I just wanted to play.


Cotman watercolours and white gouache. This is my first try at painting something like this. Apart from the too-large blobs (let the initial spatter dry before reworking some of the dots!), I quite like how it turned out. It was a lot of fun to do. It could do with more contrast in the lighter areas, but for a first go I'm fairly happy with it. It's the first time I've tried using white gouache with a toothbrush and the effect is perfect for things like this. Adding the gouache is a bit scary; if it goes wrong, like it did, it's usually impossible to fix. I thought it would be better to leave it as it is than to try and amend the blobs.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Fun with ACEOs (1-5).

I bought a hefty amount of ACEOs a little while ago for me to play with. I wanted to have a go at little paintings again - I guess I've missed working on small and quick things after all. I also thought that they'd be great for testing new art materials and practising techniques or new subjects (or old subjects that I'm still crap at). If it goes wrong, I haven't wasted much as the cards are really cheap to buy. Basically, they're for me to play around with. Some will be "finished", some won't. Most are probably just going to be the result of "I want to play with something art-related but I'm not sure what".


Cotman watercolours. Intentionally unnatural colours (that don't come across at all in the photo - that grass is NOT that shade of green). I couldn't be bothered with mixing, I just wanted to play with my new cards. 


Cotman watercolours and Copic Multiliner in Sepia. No sketch lines, no idea what I was doing, done freehand while the next one was taking ages to dry. Turned out to be my favourite so far. 


Cotman watercolour. Playing with more muted tones for a landscape scribble but I didn't really like them. I think I prefer the brighter ones I'm used to. Landscapes remain one of my art nemeses. 


Cotman watercolour. Wanted to play with drawing pansies but then decided to turn this into a waterbrush test. I've never painted with a waterbrush before. Conclusion: detail is impossible, water water everywhere. I had to work with water when I didn't want water, which meant it had to be done in lots of layers (something I don't like doing with watercolour anymore) and the paint ended up thick and flat. For work like this, the waterbrush isn't ideal. I imagine it's more suited to sketching, which is what people use them for, so I'll try it for that soon.


This turned out a lot better than the last eye I tried to paint (and wasted a much smaller piece of paper, too) but I still have so much I need to improve. Eyelashes and eyebrows are really hard to do with the brushes that I have - I may have to dig my sable rigger out when I try these in future.

The only one I signed with paint and a brush is the third one, the rest were done with a Copic Multiliner. I'm not good at signing my name in miniature: 2.5"x3.5" doesn't give you much to work with! They're all a bit warped, as you can see. I did tape them all down, but there's only so much tape you can put on a card that tiny and still have a surface left to paint on.

I'm going to blog these like I did (and should still be doing but shhh) the Instagram photos. Every five ACEOs will be a blog. I have around 200 cards: I'm hoping to see an improvement as I work through them. 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Video game list - 2015 edition!

Video game list updated for 2015! This year, I'm going to make two changes.

1 - I'm going to add every game bought in 2015 to the list in bold.
2 - I'm going to leave every game completed in 2015 on the list, but cross them out.

My goal for this year is to complete 15 games, but my super ultimate goal is to complete more games than I end up buying (this is never going to happen, ever). This stack is just getting bigger and bigger.

I removed games from the list that I know cannot be truly completed, so games like Guild Wars 2 and The Sims 3 are gone. There are probably more games that can't be completed but I won't find out what they are until I've played them. I've removed the approximate completion times and the years of release because I've made this into a database and that information has gone into that. Then, when I feel like playing a game that's less than 10 hours long, doesn't have any sequels and was recently released, I can ask and the database will provide a list.

I decided against my initial idea to spread out the larger games because I think I'd rather get the smaller ones out the way first just to shorten the list. It's also nice to be able to sink enough time into the larger ones and enjoy them properly. I have my currently-in-progress list, but I'm aiming to get smaller games done once the ones on that are complete. Having Skyrim, Fallout 3 and Final Fantasy VII on there at the same time isn't doing me any favours.

As before, these are all the games that I own that I've either never played at all, never finished or finished years ago and would like to replay because I've bought it on Steam. I'm not keen on playing some of them at all, but I'll see how I get on. In most cases I have special editions, collector's editions or Game of the Year editions, so I have more to get through than just the base game.

Currently in progress
* The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
* Fallout 3
* Fallout 4
* Final Fantasy VII
* Syberia

Full list
* 3 Stars of Destiny
* A Bird Story
* Aetherion
* Age of Empires II, Age of Empires III
* Akane the Kunoichi
* Alan Wake
* Alien Breed 2: Assault
* Always Sometimes Monsters
* Amnesia: The Dark Descent
* Anodyne
* Another World
* Assassin's Creed III, Assassin's Creed: Liberation, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
* Avatar
* Aveyond: Lord of Twilight, Aveyond: Gates of Night, Aveyond: The Lost Orb, Aveyond: The Darkthrop Prophecy
* Awesomenauts 
* Banished
* Bastion
* Batman: Arkham City 
* Battleblock Theater 
* The Binding of Isaac
* Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite
* The Book of Legends
* Borderlands, Borderlands 2
* The Bridge
* Burnout Paradise
* Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
* Castle Crashers
* Cave Story
* Chantelise
* Child of Light 
* Chaos on Deponia, Goodbye Deponia
* Chip's Challenge 1
* Cogs
* Commandos 2: Men of Courage, Commandos 3: Destination Berlin
* Cook, Serve, Delicious!
* Dark Souls
* Dead Island
* Deadly Sin, Deadly Sin 2
* Dead Space, Dead Space 2
* Deus Ex, Deus Ex: Invisible War, Deus Ex: Human Revolution
* Dishonored
* Divine Divinity, Beyond Divinity, Divinity II
* Don't Starve
* Downwell
* Dragon Age: Origins
* Dreamscape
* Dust: An Elysian Tail
* Ecco the Dolphin, Ecco: The Tides of Time 
* Edolie
* The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
* Eldritch
* Fable: The Lost Chapters
* Fable 3
* Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4
* Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3
* Farming Simulator 2013
* Fez
* Final Fantasy I, Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2
* Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series
* Golden Axe, Golden Axe II, Golden Axe III
* Gone Home
* Grand Theft Auto 1, 2, 3, 4, Episodes from Liberty City, San Andreas, Vice City
* Greyfox
* Gun 
* Gunpoint
* Half-Life 2
* Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy, Half Minute Hero: The Second Coming
* Hand of Fate
* Hitman: Absolution
* Homework Salesman
* Hotline Miami
* The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
* In Search of Immortality
* Just Cause 2
* Killing Floor
* Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days
* Labyrinthine Dreams
* Labyronia, Labyronia 2
* La-Mulana
* Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
* Last Dream
* Legend of Mysteria
* Legionwood: The Tale of Two Swords, Legionwood 2: Rise of the Eternal's Realm
* Lego Batman
* Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7
* Lego The Hobbit
* Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Indiana Jones 2
* Lego Lord of the Rings
* Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
* Life is Strange
* Limbo
* Machinarium
* Magicka
* Mark of the Ninja
* Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2
* Metro 2033, Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light, Metro: Last Light Redux
* Microsoft Flight Simulater X
* Millennium - A New Hope, Millennium 2: Take Me Higher, Millennium 3: Cry Wolf, Millennium 4: Beyond Sunset, Millennium 5: The Battle of the Millennium
* Mirror's Edge
* Monaco
* Murdered: Soul Suspect
* Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
* Nether
* Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) 
* Nihilumbra
* The Novelist
* Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus, Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty
* One Way Heroics
* PixelJunk Eden
* Pixel Piracy
* Portal 2
* Prince of Persia, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
* Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale
* The Reconstruction, Reconstruction Zero: I Miss the Sunrise
* Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil 6
* Reus
* Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds: Survivor
* Shelter
* Sid Meier's Civilization V
* Sign Motion
* The Sims: Medieval
* Skyborn
* Sniper Elite V2
* Spec Ops: The Line
* Spelunky
* Spiral Knights
* Splinter Cell: Blacklist
* Spoiler Alert
* Spyro: A Hero's Tail
* Squishy the Suicidal Pig
* Starbound
* Star Stealing Prince
* SteamWorld Dig
* Super Meat Boy
* The Swapper
* Sweet Lily Dreams
* Syberia, Syberia 2
* System Shock 2
* Tales from the Borderlands
* Terraria
* Thief Gold, Thief II, Thief: Deadly Shadows, Thief
* This War of Mine
* Thomas Was Alone
* Tomb Raider I, Tomb Raider II, Tomb Raider III, Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, Tomb Raider: Chronicles, Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness, Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Tomb Raider: Underworld
* Torchlight II
* Transistor
* Trine 2
* Undertale
* Valdis Story: Abyssal City
* Van Helsing II
* Valkyria Chronicles
* Vessel
* Visions and Voices
* The Walking Dead: Season 2
* The Wolf Among Us
* Whisper of a Rose
* The Witcher, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
* Worms Armageddon
* Worms Reloaded
* XCOM: Enemy Unknown
* Ys II, Ys: Origin, Ys: The Oath in Felghana

Completed but with less than 100% achievements:
* Braid
* Deponia
* Game Dev Tycoon
* Papers, Please
* Portal
* Tomb Raider
* Torchlight
* Trine
* Ys I