So I am in the midst of painting a new figure right now, and every time I go to apply more paint I let out a small little cuss word. The reason being that I have spot two mold lines that are extremely obvious now that the model has paint on it.
Mold lines are the devil. They are weeds of satanic origin that must be plucked from the lively garden that is a new miniature. Wish I had caught these earlier.
The thing is I don't believe the files I own are fine enough. Jarhead at Massive Voodoo recommends a combination of files, fine sand paper and then steal wool. Think I am going to have to take a trip to the hardware store after work today.
But I can't decide whether to continue painting, or remove the mold lines and ruin the work I have done so far. I'll post pictures later tonight.
What would you do?
Also, lately I have been visiting lots of art shows and museums with my wife and baby girl, Lili. Lili isn't too interested in the artwork so much as all the little new things that she can find within reach. But there is inspiration everywhere for me.
It's got me wondering if the world of miniature painting will ever reach acceptance as an artform. Right now I believe that most people would call it a craft...but what takes it to the next level to be considered a fine art? The folks at Massive Voodoo seem to have accomplished this. Their work, Jarhead's and Raffa's, often includes a scenic base that takes as much skill as the miniature itself. I believe their work might be accessible to a wider audience.
So here the army painter meets a fork in the road...Do we continue to be army-painters, forever toiling to create great works of art that only gamers or sci-fi fans can appreciate? Works of a so-called kid's hobby that many look at in puzzlement. Beautiful, sophisticated yet childish in that they are game pieces...
Or do we follow the path that leads to individual pieces of art? Self contained worlds. Models that never once hit the gaming table, yet still and speak to the imaginations of a wider audience. Works of art that produce a reaction in any who view them.
In other words, when does a miniature painter become an artist?