Well, here goes nothing!
Having been to various galleries and museums and so on over the past few months, I can feel the long-dormant drawing bug stirring in the back of my head. I might even have a go at some comic stylee panels as initially mooted (I guess) some three years back.
With the winter slowly drawing to a close and more daylight available, I shall be able to use the conservatory without freezing too much. I hope.
Anyway, the position is this: I came up with the basic two or three pages THREE years ago, after discussions with a number of friends, but it all kind of stalled. Since then, my already rusty drawing skills have seized up a little more, but I can work on that to get them back up to some sort of level where a bit of illustration is feasible again. My main problem is that while I can draw figures (when the muscle memory is coaxed), they tend to be stiff and lifeless: I am hopeless at realistic poses unless I copy something. It was always thus, even when I drew copiously and regularly.
I sourced some Bandai/SH Figuarts figures on Amazon (I have a wooden mannequin, but that’s not as posable as I’d like), which look to fit the bill. The trouble is, they are horribly expensive, particularly as they are only about 15cm tall.
So, despite my overall wariness of all things eBay – at least when things look as though they are likely to be sent from long distance, I went there. I am uncertain that these are actually located in Aberdeen, as the listing suggests. I have a feeling that they are actually deep in some unpronounceable Chinese province. But they are much cheaper than anything listed by Amazon. Cheap enough to convince me to chance my luck.
They don’t need to be perfect, but I need something posable and reasonably robust. I don’t care that they have a slightly manga feel to them, I can work around that, but something that doesn’t look wooden and I can use for perspective is essential.