This weekend I had a chat with Roman, aka Jarhead from Massive Voodoo. I've been following the Massive Voodoo site for sometime and I randomly entered one of their contests and won a hour long chat via Skype. Talking with other miniature painters is really great for me, because it is a hobby I don't get to share with many people, even within the 40k community miniature painters are rare. One of the things that comes across immediately from Roman is his love for his art and his desire to share that with others. He spoke about how much he loves connecting with others who share in his passion and about "the big nerd family."
We actually spoke for almost 2 hours. Of the many things I learned chatting with this great person, he reminded me that miniature painting must be fun, first and foremost. And what is fun? A process he calls sketching. Here's some pictures of the second time in my life, beginning a miniature in this way.
Still getting the gist of this method and trying to find my own path from it...maybe I will continue to use it, maybe not.