May 19, 2014

Pod Journal: Day One

As I mentioned in my previous post, Mynxee inspired an idea to do a real life journal, but from the perspective of my character mainly in art. I meant to go buy supplies for this yesterday but got sidetracked. Luckily there's an art store down the street from where I live/work, so I walked over there today and started looking around.

Initially, I wanted to do pens. They're neater than paint, and since I'm staying in a corporate apartment, I didn't want to run the risk of getting it messy. Plus I've never painted anything but doors and fences in my entire life, and that doesn't really require a soft touch. But then I saw the price of pens versus the price of a cheap (relatively) set of watercolors and went with that. I have no idea what I'm doing. The only things that I own here are the things I packed and brought with me, so I don't have any old T-shirts or sheets or anything to keep tidy. I decided to use a paper grocery bag.

Anyway, so I ended up buying a set of 12 Koi brand watercolors, a Moleskine hardcover sketch pad, a brush of some sort with soft bristles (I was told that was better), and a bottle of Higgins waterproof black ink for my Lamy Fountain pen, because I was running low anyway and forgot to bring my ink well with me.

I did a test page or two, decided I have no idea whether I'm doing it right, and then tried to actually make something that was relevant to my character, Psianh Auvyander.

Quite often I'm working and living in places without great internet. This has been the case over the last year, and my play time has obviously been impacted because of that. I decided to step down as CEO of Noir. Academy for the same reasons. It hasn't been all bad though; I've moved a lot of my in-game interactions out of game, and met a lot of people, and talked about a lot of stuff. I wouldn't say that I'm a metagamer, not by a long shot, but perhaps Psianh feels like all he ever does these days is have meetings.

Another meeting, another day docked.

He doesn't seem very thrilled about it either. That's a boardroom, by the way.

I don't know how people make paint look like things. It's the most unwieldy and unwilling thing I've ever used. I may give in and just pay for the pens, but we'll see. It was kind of fun, in a pathetic sort of way.

In a related tone, I was able to go meet with a bunch of other EVE players in Maryland on Saturday. That was a ton of fun. I wish I had gotten everyone to write down their character names as I have no idea who most of them are in game. Of course, I'm one to talk with my character's name. Hopefully another one will happen in mid June before I leave DC for good, and I look forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces. 


  1. Bravely done. Definitely refrigerator worthy.

  2. And excellent start...needs more words!

    Also, some tips for watercolor: USE WATER! The beauty of the paints are in their transparency and you can't get that without using a fair bit of water. Consistency should be about like whole milk when you want really saturated colors, skim milk for more washy colors. Watch some youtube videos on watercolor sketching by Cathy Johnson and Brenda Swenson for some great instruction!

    Also the wonderful thing about watercolor is you can go back over a painted area with clear water and use the brush or a tissue to lift out some of the pigment for a more splotchy effect. You can also mix up two puddles and just lay them down and let them run into each other and mingle. Often get some very cool effects that way!

    Bravo on your first podjournal page!

    1. I wanted to use watercolors blind for the first time (since kindergarten anyway), and I pretty much came to the same conclusion: not enough water. The paint was very thick and didn't move along the paper very well at all.

      I don't know how much of a hindrance not having any spare stuff will turn out to be. I used a pizza box for my palette, and I just tried to add water by getting the brush wet and stirring it around in the paint. I'm afraid to use the plates provided since they're not mine, but I've yet to research any techniques or how prone to stains watercolors may be.

      Thanks for these tips. I'm definitely excited to try it again tomorrow and will be really experimenting with the paint this time!

  3. A plate can work fine...some colors may stain (reds are notorious) but can be scrubbed clean with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser cleaning pad or any scrubby and some soap. If you're worried about the plates at the apt, there is always the Dollar store.

    You should use the paints straight out of the pans themselves; always mix with some water first in a mixing plate or something. If you use enough water, you don't need a huge puddle of paint. Also...keep your brush loaded! If you feel the brush bristles scraping on the paper and you're having to RUB the paint onto the surface, you're doing it wrong :) Go back and pick up more paint from your mixed puddle. Then use the brush with a light side to side motion to deliver the paint kindly onto the paper, not scrub it. Light touch and all that. Watercolors are really fun once you get the hang of them...kinda magical, really. But it takes some practicing and play to get the knack. Good luck!

  4. *should NOT use paint straight out of pans...