When is it good enough?
I decided to write this article today instead of what I’d already had planned because the idea got stuck in my head and I just had to get it out.
Hi Everybody. I’m The Big Mek, and I’m a perfectionist.
It sucks. It really does. I am my own worst critic. For an example, I have been working on @R3con ‘s Wolf Priest for close to a year now. Over the weekend, I actually scraped off some of his beard, because I thought he really needed some braids in his beard. Now that I’ve added the braids, I think they look perfect from the front, but from the sides, they’re sticking out about 1/32″ more than I’d like. This is because of the ornamentation on the armor, but it really bugs me. Now I’m also arguing with myself whether or not the hairline is natural enough (he’s a balding guy with long hair). Is it close enough to the temples? It’s enough to drive a man mad.
So, I guess I really need to ask myself… what is my intent? Is this a model for a Golden Daemon entry? No. But it’s a “commission” for a “customer”, and I want it to be… PERFECT. The problem is, I’m a average sculptor at best, probably on the low side of average. I simply don’t have the skills to create what I want. If I was being honest with myself, I think a lot of people would be tickled to have this model. So, I really need to let go, to not concern myself with minutia that will likely not even be visible once I prime this bad boy.
I can’t be alone here, can I? Do your WIP’s keep you awake at night? Let me know!