Time was, modelling was a largely solitary pursuit, prior to that time in Western civilisation when Tim Berners-Lee hit the launch button on ‘WWW.’ on August 6, 1991. Now, some 25+ years later, anyone with a smart phone, tablet, laptop, et al can encircle the globe with their thoughts, images and videos, reaching both people they know and those they will likely never meet.
This has been paralleled by a steady rise in the range and quality of kits, accessories, tools and materials. So much so, that we are now navigating a truly golden age of modelling. In tandem with this, I’m constantly astonished by the advances in finishing techniques that have originated within Europe and in particular, South East Asia, with some figure painting I can now only describe as being close to ‘photographic’ in its realism.
This huge pool of talent, spread around the world, is an inspiration to all, as it should be, in demonstrating what’s possible with the right techniques and skills. The challenge is to live as long as we can, while retaining the ability to remember our own names and tie shoe laces unaided, so we can go on enjoying this gilt edged age of kit magic.
So, enjoy your modelling, be inspired by all the great work on the web, in books and magazines and above all, have fun at every turn – it’s a great hobby!