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Monday, April 22, 2013

Total Immersion

March 14th marked my one year anniversary as a painter and while I am pleased with the progress I have made, there are things that must be improved upon.  To that end I have spent the last two weeks completely immersed in the world of miniature painting and photography.

After reading a great many tutorials on the photography aspect of our hobby, I decided to apply some of the things that I learned.

No, you haven't seen her posted. This is a teaser for later.

I have a new set-up for lighting that consists of an overhead florescent desk light and two angled lights aimed at a central point.  After viewing a multitude of photos I realized I needed to utilize a hi-def background to shoot my figures against.  After hours and hours of downloading, printing and photographing, I found several that I can utilize.

Cruising all around the blogosphere and multiple forums, I spoke with many a talented painter who was willing to answer questions and in some cases to write and to post tutorials for me. The results of these lessons will be evident in the figures of the O'Leary Cowgirls I will be posting. I will be mentioning some of those names in upcoming posts.

When I was not reading or studying, I was painting. There were times when I stayed awake for 48 hours straight and forgot to eat. I am still in the middle of this intense learning phase and will not be back to posting full-time until next week.  Please understand that this is something that I must do.

Further, the name of my blog has been changed to reflect the content of my blog. Anne's Attic has been dismantled and in it's place stands O'Leary Miniatures.  In order to get people accustomed to looking for me on their blog rolls under the new name, I will republish this post throughout the day.

63 comments:

  1. Woohoo! Another lady pirate to fascinate us! :)

    I for one am looking forward to seeing the results of your intensive learning :)

    Tamsin x

    ps remember to eat and to take breaks

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    1. She's a busy beauty she is. The cowgirls are turning out really well and I'm enjoying them a lot. After that I'm back to painting men :(

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    2. Men? Let's face it, they need all the help they can get from us ladies to look good ;)

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  2. Congratulations on these wonderful changes - the new name truly does reflect what you are doing. And, because you are on my blog roll and it show the most recent updated blogs yours caught my eye and I knew immediately it was you - and I smiled!

    I like it, and the new look of your layout. Again, congrats. As for being away - if it's to fulfill your passion than it's the right thing to do.

    I look forward to seeing your upcoming photos.

    Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

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  3. Great to see you safely embedded within the community even more. The teaser looks promising, can't wait!

    Cheers Sander

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  4. Happy first anniversary Anne! In one year you have already achieved excellent results! a warm greeting

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  5. That is a lot of dedication and so I think that things are going to progress just fine. You can't put in that amount of work and not see much in results.

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  6. happy anniversary! well your photo's are still excellent and so is your work! great stuff.

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  7. Hola
    LO primero feliz aniversario
    Y pues atento nos tienes con esas novedades
    un saludo

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  8. So busy Anne! Have a rest for fecks sake.

    Nice arse shot by the way.

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    1. I'm so pleased you're please Paul.

      I'll rest next week!

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  9. Anther one more time great paint Anne
    Slainte!

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  10. Happy Anniversary and good painting with this figurine.

    I will be waiting for more

    Slainte1

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  11. Welcome to our World Anne "Painter of Miniatures"! :-)

    However eating and sleeping help to paint better... ;-)

    Marzio.

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  12. Fantastic teaser photo Anne! Now get some food and have a sleep.

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  13. Congratulations on one year!
    Her backside looks good.
    Glad you found people willing to help you. Just don't forget to eat.

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  14. Nice teaser Anne. Good luck on your studies. You've made a lot of progress for just one year. Congrats!
    Rod

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  15. Wow, total immersion indeed. I didn't know there was so much that went into the photography of the figures. I knew the painting part took skill and a steady hand, but the pictures I thought were just point and shoot. As you learn, so do I.

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  16. Wow! You've only been painting for a year!!! I thought you'd spent a lifetime honing your skills!!

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    1. I got into it by following Fran and Ray. I was fascinated by the figures and the history and began following other gamers. Then a gamer named Kris sent me a complete set of paints and I was on my way. I owe that man a great deal!

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  17. Great work for only a year on the job Anne!

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  18. Amazing work for one year! Congrats!

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  19. What's the first Anniversary? Wood?

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  20. oh, dear, it sounds like you're back in school :) Will you buy a schoolgirl outfit (hubs will love it so) :P

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    1. The Hubby has already gotten me to wear one of those outfits. Shortly after we were married I did that one for him. It's his favorite after the cheerleader outfit :)

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    2. yes, I can imagine he would love the site of pompoms LOL
      Is he OK these days? I hope he is better!

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  21. Happy One Year Anniversary, Anne!! I'm excited for you, my friend. You are taking this bull by the horns and continuing to push yourself. Continuing to challenge yourself. It's beautiful to watch you transform as you make such wonderful progress. Your work shows how much studying you've been doing. Your painting skills have continued to grow. Congratulations!!

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    1. It's been an intense two weeks. I did take last night off painting as the eyestrain was getting bad. I've found some more great people out there who are willing to share what they know and who inspire me to keep improving.

      Hope all is well with you!

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    2. I'm so glad you have found a welcoming community!! =)

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  22. Happy 1st Anniversary Anne. Love the new name and blog banner very you!. Look forward to seeing your new found photo Skillz. Might have to pinch a few ideas.

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  23. Now THERE'S a "cheeky" pirate -- one of HRH's crew, no doubt. It has occurred to me already that it must be an art in and of itself to photograph these tiny wee miniatures. I can see the need for high-def backgrounds so they won't blur when you zoom in.

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  24. now that is one hell of an immersion... i have been at it 35 years... it never leaves...look forward ot see what comes out on O'Leary miniatures!

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  25. It is so amazing to see how far you've come with your skills. It's easy for those of us who know nothing about painting miniatures to take for granted the skill it takes not only to paint one, but to photograph it properly too.

    Also, we come here by bookmark, but the name change was a great idea and much needed.

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  26. I have been on and off painting for a few years but only when starting my blog I did read about proper techniques and whatnot and it helped a lot. The best part is progress and you did a grand progress too. Also nice teaser.

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  27. Happy 1 year Anne!

    I still struggle with the photography part of our hobby. I've spent many hours trying to learn and improve but it's the part I understand and enjoy the least. I'd love any tips or observations you might share, like the bit about lighting from 3 angles.

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    1. When I get that perfected I can do a little tutorial on it and on the textured backgrounds.

      I'm so glad that you like the pics of the Cowgirls I sent you. I'll have some good closeups of the faces as I'm now using wet blending on the figures when I do skin.

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    2. You don't have to be perfect, just better than me...which is a pretty low bar! Looking forward to cowgirls and future posts.

      Its spring here, finally! I had dinner on my deck, which had been snow covered earlier this week. Ahhh...sunshine.

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  28. Congratulations, Anne. You are a fine painter and displayer-of-fine-painted-works! Plus the identity change is a winner.

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    1. I had to do it. When people click on my avi, they were seeing Anne's Attic and had no idea I was a painter. After I changed it and commented on new blogs, I picked up 19 new followers. It's made a big difference so far.

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  29. Wow one year? Really has been that long huh? Flew by indeed at your feed. Great changes too, but 48 hours with no sleep or food, the sleep I have done with all my crap. But something had to be eaten haha

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    1. There's only one person I've met who is as busy as you. His name is Carl, he's a surgeon and a diabetes researcher, he owns a farm and he breeds Clydesdale's. He's also a millionaire. Each one of his foals sells for $250,000.00.

      You either don't sleep Cat or you've got a clone out there somewhere that we don't know about.

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    2. We tried the clone thing but none could measure up to the cat haha and damn, wish I was a millionaire too. That would be nice.

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  30. You are such a tease Anne, but remember brains need food and sleep to function properly!! Superb work and it is hard to believe you have only been painting for one year.

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  31. It seems that you're beginning a "pro" work ! Maybe you can consider that you're lucky to have so many times for the hobby ! I don't know where you will stop or only go but I'm sure that it will be very high !

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  32. Heh, sounds like me when I was writing papers for before finals. At least you're enjoying yourself though and are willingly doing this to yourself.

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  33. Anne:

    I don't recall knowing you were only painting for such a short time. Your work definitely betrays this brief period. I think you have a great natural talent and the tutorials only refine it. Looking forward to more beautiful artwork. Best, Dean

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  34. Enjoying the new look. Your dedication has paid off. Painting only one year? Amazing and nicely done!

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  35. very nice paint Anne, it's miniART :)
    Erhan-miniafv

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  36. I love the transformation over the last year, you have advanced leaps and bounds to be an excellent painter and very professional.

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  37. You are a inspiration to all of us, your dedication to the hobby and the generosity of your time is tremendous; we are lucky to have you with us.

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  38. It's hard to accept your just one year old, God help us when you get seasoned LOL

    Ian

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  39. You are an intense learner!! And I love the new banner. Beautiful. :)

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  40. I like the lady pirate Anne. Has this essentially became a blog about miniature painting now?

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  41. I like the changes so far, and I like how much dedication is going into it.. Though, 48 hours? Well if you must, you must.

    It's a pity seeing Anne's Attic fall, but in its place stands a new blog with hopefully, a better future. I'm happy for you!

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  42. I was wondering how you could become so talented in such a short time. Now I know: you've got innate talent AND you're dedicated to learning. Well congratulations, Anne.

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  43. Nice tease and you have sure come a long way, like the new look too.

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  44. Hi Anne, in case you missed it you won the BUM Western 1/72 sets from me. I of course lost your address so I'll need that and let me know if you want two copies of the Far West Town #0101. Otherwise I'll kick it down to second place. I'm also surprised I hadn't already commented o this post. Getting old I guess.

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  45. i am looking forward to see what you have learned! I like the new look and the teaser picture a lot.

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  46. I loved the old name, but I'm totally groovin' on the new name. Very cool.

    Happy Paint-a-versary. I think I spelled that wrong. But it's late and I don't much feel like correcting it.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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  47. hey i go away for a bit and your remodel the place...smiles...looks cool anne...and chase that passion...you def have come a long way...and they are looking great...

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