My mind is wandering all over the place today. I want to buy things
. My version of "retail therapy" is probably a bit strange, though - I don't want to buy books, or games, or music. I want to set up a space at home where I can be productive.
The wishlist, at the moment:Macrophotography
(miniatures, photos of pieces for sale)
Buy parts to make a diffused light box. I think I can build a three-panel screen for this - centre panel holds the backdrop card in place, side panels are frames filled with heavy-gauge tracing paper to diffuse the light. Fold in the sides to make a triangle, leaving enough space between the edges to point a camera through. With two daylight bulbs at about 30 degrees, I think I can kill off most of the shadows while still getting plenty of illumination. I can also measure the distance to the camera, which will help when manually changing the macro settings. When complete, it should fold up and pack away out of sight. If it works, I'll write up an article for Insurgent.Need:
- Two small poseable lamps with daylight bulbs.
- Timber for frame
- Thick tracing paper
- Small hinges
- A3 print of a blue-white gradient backgroundPainting:
I need more paintbrushes... my trusty #2 and #00 both died over the weekend, after a year or so. I'm half tempted to try sable brushes again, but I think I'll stick to my $4 synthetics. If I can find a place with decent brushes, I'll buy several of each size. Whenever I find a good brush, the shop promptly starts selling garbage.Need:
- #2 brushes, for general painting
- #00 brushes, for detail workStorage:
Make the most of the limited space we have at home. aeliel
suggested getting big plastic boxes with wheels on them, so we can slide them under the stairs. If I can clear the old junk leftover from moving house there should be plenty of room for new projects. I also have a huge pile of painting & modelling bits upstairs, which need something to sort them into... at the moment, it all clusters around the side of my desk.Need:
- Storage boxes for under the stairs
- More small drawers and shelves for upstairsArt Supplies:
The only thing more addictive than stationery. Crack cocaine pales in comparison to the compulsion I face when passing an art store...Things for a rainy day (or month):
- Heavy cartridge paper for painting on
- Frames or clips to keep the paper flat
- Black cartridge paper, for white inverse designs
- Sculpting medium for tackling larger (~50cm) pieces
I'd also like to get an angled desk for drawing and 2D painting, but I don't think there's space for it. I should go through my grandfather's drafting supplies next time I head back to Somerville - as a professional draftsman and a lifetime hoarder, he left many boxes of equipment behind. On the digital front, I'd like to get a scanner at some stage. It'll help to get raw images into the computer, so I can figure out how to colour them with Photoshop. I've always had a thing for maps, and I'd like to try making some for the Abyssals game I'll eventually run.
After UniCon I'll be getting stuck into a Matrix-style game, using the Weapons of the Gods
mechanics. If someone can show me how to upload files to the webspace we're supposed to have with our ISP (I'm deadly serious when I say that I have no idea how it's done... I just add content to other people's websites) I'll be making Loresheets available, with all the background, characters, locations and organisations. I'll also finish Silent Streets
, and put it up there too.