We all know I participated in the Winter Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. What I have not talked about on Blogger is that whilst doing that, I was participating in three Painting Competitions at Reaper Forums.
Over the last 8 months I have participated in five of their competitions and I finally earned a third place. I am not a competitive person by nature and am intensely uncomfortable around people who enjoy competing as often times it brings out the worst in human nature. The purpose of these competitions for me, is to challenge myself to learn something new and to improve my own work.
This is the figure that I chose to submit for the Single Figure Competition. It is a 45mm BONES figure, sculpted by Jason Wiebe. And this is the one I earned a third place with. Some of you saw this in the Analogue Painting Challenge as a non-theme submission.
The level of painting on Reaper Forums is quite high with many upper level and intermediate painters competing for the top slots. Further, the competitions are scored by 10 judges who use professional criteria to score the entries. This makes Reaper a good place for someone like me who is a mid-level intermediate painter to improve my skills.
One of the most important things I have learned is that judges favour clean, tidy work and good brush control over everything else. Submitting elaborate sculpts, elaborate bases and using advanced techniques is fine, but if the piece is poorly executed, it carries no weight with the judges This is important as it forces one to focus on the fundamentals of good painting first and other aspects of competition second.
These competitions do something else that is important for me. It tells me how good I'm NOT. It's easy to post here, where people know me and are kind. Now if that's all I did, I might think I'm all that and a bag of crisps, which would result in an ego that I don't need to be burdened with. Further, it would halt my progress as a painter. It might sound strange, but the experience of not winning can be very productive.
All that said, I have no intentions of competing anywhere else as I am not interested in becoming a master painter. My goal is simply to become an upper level intermediate level painter who is versatile enough to paint sculpts from a variety of genres. Reaper Forums can help me to achieve that and I thank them for it.