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Man this fig is gonna be bad *L*

I used to at least marginally know what I was doing, but then 13 years went by and I'm now the wreck you see before you. The worst part is, I had a TON of custom figs I had made... I have no idea where they all went over the last 10 years.

The face on this fig is totally sculpted, and so right now though it's painted (and the eyes are taken care of), it looks barren, lacking any real detail. Any suggestions?

Posted by Punstarr
on Wednesday, June 27, 2007
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Punstarr -
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Oooh that last bit's way more trouble than I'm wanting, hehe. I suppose we'll just have to see.

The beads are tiny, so they were a pain in the to put in.
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, June 28, 2007
I can't tell about the eyes, the pics are too blurry to get a definitive look at them. Beads sounds like it was a good idea, paint the eyes like you would paint a normal set of eyes (with blue instead of white I guess), only diffrence is that you have bead-pupils. I've never tried to do this before so don't take my word for it :P

If you really want them to glow then there's always metallic paint or glow-paint, or cut a hole in the back of the head to let light shine through and "light-up" the beads.
Punstarr -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Well I did add eyebrows and it helps a little... you really think it looks fine as is?

Do you think the eyes have the "glowing" look to them? That's what I'm shooting for... you think it'd look better if the border of the eyes was more round rather than following the eyes?
Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I mean you're right, you can't really dry-brush anything, there's not enough detail (which isn't a bad thing, lots of toy faces can't be dry-brushed or look awful with it anyway). If you really want to get fancy, you could shade a little under the cheek-bones (if it has any), around the nose/mouth, chin, on and on, it looks fine as is by the way. Some customs just don't need anything more.
Punstarr -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Ok, so what do you mean by doing part of the face drybrushed lighter?
Punstarr -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
So (giggles to himself) you made the figure with Beady eyes? You are supposed to be making puns not leaving yourself open to them!

*Bows* Very good one, if I do say so myself.
Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Beady eyes....har...har...*throws candelabra at Greymonk*

Oh wait, this is a family site...

*a Nerf candelabra*

:P

The brush doesn't have to be poofy, the brush in my tut has no paint on it at all, once you start painting it's going to look like a "normal" brush. xP

Oh and if want to paint the grooves instead of the bumps, then you do a "wash" instead. Thin some paint with water and use your brush normally. The watery paint will seep into the grooves while leaving the bumps un-painted.
greymonk -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
So (giggles to himself) you made the figure with Beady eyes? You are supposed to be making puns not leaving yourself open to them!
Punstarr -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Oooooh I use a different technique to get those kinds of effects, by using watercolor. It works best to highlight the grooves in hair. I can see how drybrushing could be better, but the face on my fig is pretty smooth. No grooves except for the mouth, eyes and ears. Any ideas on how to give detail to a grooveless face? (Plus I don't currently have a poofy brush suited for drybrushing)

Oh btw, the eyes are actually translucent beads... not sure how clear that shows up.
Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Yeah, the yellow looks great, super-smooth.

Yep, I made a simple dry-brush tutorial, check it out! http://www.figurerealm.com/customtutori ... view&id=14

Also, here's another panel on Dry Brushing:

Basically, get the paint only on the raised surfaces, leaving the grooves darker as "shading".
Punstarr -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
You mean on the face or on the body? I ended up just caving and buying some white Game Color Vallejo primer and just painting that over the previous botched coats, then using the yellow Testors enamel that I still have to make due with for the top coat. That's just one coat over the white primer.

Hmmm... I have no clue how to drybrush. Are there any tutorials here?
Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Damn, great paint-job, how many coats is that?

If you really want some "detail", paint the whole face with a dark flesh tone, then dry-brush the lighter flesh on top.
Punstarr -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007




I plan on adding some eyebrows, and I'm really not happy with how the mouth turned out.
Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Yeah...a pic would help in suggesting anything xP

Face detail? I don't know, eyebrows? Eyelashes? Blushing cheeks? Lips?
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