|In the education field, we are often asked (during job
interviews, for instance) what our personal philosophy of education is.
What a broad, general and difficult to understand question! And yet
educators are expected to be continually thinking about our personal philosophies,
all the while revising them based on current information, research and
I find I have carried the practice of developing a personal philosophy
to the other parts of my life, as well. Since I began customizing,
I've developed a set of tenets and rules which guide me while I work, and
which keep me from making the same mistakes more than once.
This is my customizing philosophy.
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Customizing is a personal thing, so the only person who need be happy
with the end result is you.
Customizing is a process, not an event. Donít expect a finished
product immediately; instead, create a rough draft, and then continue revising
and editing until you reach your desired goal.
Always use reference art. Youíll be glad you did.
Use the right tool for the job. Donít try to paint a thin line
with a fat brush.
Several thin coats of paint look better than one thick coat.
Primer usually helps paint stick better and cover more evenly.
Paint light colors over an even lighter primer.
Sanding helps paint to stick, even on joints.
Never be afraid to ask questions.
Never be afraid to try something different.
Never be afraid to admit that your work sucks, chuck it all, and then
Sometimes customizing has itís own slow pace. If you rush some
things, such as drying or curing time, youíll likely notice a difference
in the end.
Use a very sharp hobby knife. Not only will it cut more easily,
but it will be less likely to slip and cause accidents.
Be extremely careful with that sharp hobby knife. Not everyone
has a roommate with first-aid training.
Always keep your eyes open for a new tool or resource for your customizing
When possible, use the path of least resistance; however, also try to
know when to go the extra mile. Ultimately, it's up to you to know