So I had a great time in my free week a while ago, which made me very happy and proud too (to be honest)! I had some more time to practise my Face-up skills and keep moving on. Sharing some of my work with you, please enjoy part one of this little “journey”.I did not make make a lot of WIP pictures, only a few, as I wanted to concentrade on the result. Also did I focus on the “lineart” and not on blushing (even though this needs training too). Usually I did mostly only two layers of work. First a sketchy artwork with an aquarelle pencil and then finishing it with some acrylic paint. The end result was also not sealed, as I would want to clear the head afterwards soon anyway. Only the head was sealed before starting the work. After all I am also not thaaaat good so that I could do a decent tutorial, but hopefully in the future. For now just sharin g some results and WIP with this series.
This was my first attempt after quite a while! She almost remebers me of some Sailor Moon kind of character, and I had a blonde wig on her which moced this idea up some firther haha. Anyway as you can see I added some blushing afterwards with photoshop as she was quite pale (did this with most of the others too or added some blush with real pastel colors). The linework was kind of heavy especially because of the black color, and the upper lashes seemed very thick too I worked on this on my tries later.
Second, here we go
I have to mention that I did all of the Face-up’s out of the blue, nothing was planned before and I just started on each new try. My acrylic color palette is kind of limited so I gave blackanother try. I am happy about the result as the plan worked out with a thinner linework on this Face-up! I wonder how the Face-up artist are doing this smooth transition of a brown at the end of the lashed to a dark color like black. It makes the Face-up more natural. I tried this a few times but it did not work as well as I would expected. This is another point I have to keep in mind for the future projects!
This is it for now! The other results will follow in the future, and I try to keep on practising too. It is good to have some spare time to remember also other great aspects of the hobby. I almost forgot that it can be very relaxing and cool to improve on this part.
As a funny side note: I came back to this customizing part of the hobby after I saw some doll creator videos on youtube. Of these traditional Hina dolls and how they are produced and even some other similar videos, so not for BJD in particular. And I relized that it is ok to make mistakes or not a 100% symmetrical doll / face-up. This gave me the courage to try this again, even it might sound dumb. But it had some really relaxing vibe and made me calm down and just give my best and enjoy if myself, even though the result might not be perfect.
And thats some little advice for you: If you are having fun and enjoy what you are doing (it does not matter in what kind of creative way) you should just go ahead, even though you might make mistakes. Just have fun and a good time. In the end you’ll see that you improved even though maybe in tiny steps! But rather than thinking bad about your work or doubt about it, just do it! It is the best option you can do! :) Practise makes perfect.