This blog is terribly backlogged, I’m really sorry about that. ヽ(´･д･`)ﾉ I’ve been busy with real life things and also visited Tracon and Korkeasaari Zoo so I’ve been travelling all over the place again, too. I’ll try to get things organised soon, please bear with me in the mean time! ((´∀`;))
But anyway, onto today’s blog post… I was asked on flickr about how I paint my DDs, but I only had some crappy instagram WIPs to show. So, now that I painted Megumi, I tried snapping some WIP shots with an actual camera to show a bit about my progress… I don’t really know how to give advice on painting dolls, I barely know what I’m doing half the time… basically I just paint lines and hope for the best, lol! But I guess seeing photos might give some tips, at least, even if I suck at explaining. (･∀･；)
My tools for painting both my resin BJDs and Dollfie Dreams are MSC for coating, soft pastels for blushing & lines. And I of course have brushes, too. Here’s a photo of my trusted set of brushes, sometimes I use other miscelanneous brushes too if needed:
The pastels that I use are these cheap Mungyo pastels from LeekeWorld. It’s probably true that if you use better quality pastels (that cost like 80€+), you’ll get a much smoother result… but for now I find that these are enough for me since I’m not a professional face up artist or anything. (-∀-`; )
I use different gloss for resin BJDs and DDs. In the past I only had this Tamiya X-22 Clear enamel that I used for resin dolls with no problems… but it does not work for vinyl at all. It never dries and remains sticky and collects all the dust, ugh… not recommended. So, I bought this Tamiya X-22 Clear ACRYLIC that is water-based and works for vinyl nicely.
Usually I do the coating like this:
DD: base coat to protect the head → first layer of lines and light lip & cheek blushing → MSC coat → darkening the lines & blushing → finishing coat → glossing the lips
BJD: base coat to protect the head → base blushing around the eyes, lips & eyebrow shape → MSC coat → possible eyeliner, eyebrow hairs, lip lines & lashes → MSC coat → darkening the blushing & lines → MSC coat → more darkening the blushing & lines [ → optional: MSC coat → possible fantasy themed patterns ] → finishing coat [ → optional: for girls: adding shimmer on the eyeshadow and/or lips -> a very light coat of MSC to attach it ] → glossing the lips
So generally for DDs I do only 1-2 coats in between, depending on how successful I am and if I need to fix some things.
For BJDs I need more ’cause they have more blushing & lines, so the coats in between are anywhere from 2 to 4. But I try to keep the coatings to minimum. Especially with tan skinned dolls, MSC UV-cut tends to lighten them, so the less coats the better.
Also, if you use a lot of coats, the face up is more likely to chip. Even more so if you paint with acrylics. Pastels are a little more forgiving, but they can chip as well. Σ(ﾟﾛﾟ｣)｣
Anyway, here are photos that I took while I was painting Megu:
And then the actual face up WIPs:
I don’t know if this was helpful on any level, but… at least I’ve made a post about it, lol! （ ´∀｀）
Here are the twins’ face ups, although you’ve most likely seen them before: