|The figure is looking pretty good.|
The good news is, I should have had more faith.
But I didn't know that when I started out this evening, so I avoided work on the face by doing touch up work on all the other parts- used the tiny brushes to really get the lines down on the rest of the pieces to get my ready to work on the head. When everything else looked pretty good (and there was really nothing else left to do... at all...) I decided it was time to attack that face.
|Hair is Folk Art 479 Pure Black by Plaid.|
Skin in Elf Flesh by Citadel.
Time to man up and get to it.
|Eyes over painted!|
|Eyes cleaned up.|
|The face is looking not too horrible.|
I tried using the 'tap' technique to get the dark spots in the middle of the eyes a few times, but I just was not getting enough paint exactly where I wanted it to make much of a mark on the eyes using my paint brushes. The dots were very, very light. Over the white eye paint, they looked like faint grey spots that practically blended in with the rest of the eye I didn't want to tap the brush too hard, because I thought it would end up making a black spot on the face which would undo everything I had just accomplished. But then I got an idea- how about putting paint on the end of an unbent paper clip? I grabbed a paperclip out of my desk, pulled it straight, and popped it into the paint.
Paper clips make excellent iris painting tools.
|Hobby tool of the day: the light up magnifier.|
So where I am now is this figure is pretty close to done. I want to get some rest and take a look at it tomorrow to see what touching up may need to be done, and then I need to reassemble the figure. But for my first try, I think this thing looks great. Sure it could be better- I could have come up with some additional colors for the face and done some layering. I may also do a dark wash to add some shadows, but I'm not sure. I'm so happy with how things look at the moment I think I may decide to quit while I'm ahead and try those techniques on the next figure painting project. You'll see what I decide soon.
Until next time,