I did the last design post in August last year! Time flies…
I did some minor projects in between, but they are still not finished. I had a really good day today, so I thought I will show you what I did like asap and not at some point later. It is connected to a parcel that is on the way to me right now: My milkey chocolate Viola Body ❤
The head I have here for her is my Doll Chateau Charles, but is just not the same skin color as the body. The body is a very rich and dark brown – but the head a light normal skin.
So what to do?
Summerbird/ Jessie herself made a great video about her technique to change the color of the skin, without any air brush or pastels. It is amazing, since you just have to work with paint. Also I wanted to try another sealant as MSC – Liquitex to be exact – and used a very good tutorial of Anandoll. But is it a good idea to try both together? Will the new sealant work with the skin change?
Let’s see what happened:
Here is my Doll Love Evol Head, she already got some stains of different experiments – she is my practice head after all ^^ She has a pretty creamy and yellowy “normal” skin tone, but we will try to get her dark.
Let’s go 🙂
First of I sealed the head with multiple layers of Liquitex. Then I mixed a dark skin color from different Acryl colors and a lot of water. The first layer looked terrifying, but after it dried I continued with two more layers and some fix up at some places.
After it dried It became a shiny, but very pretty dark skin color and quite even. I was surprised it really worked so good. She already became a complete different doll with this skin color and look at the difference!
After that I sealed the new skin with about 4-5 layers of Liquitex. One thing I did discover very fast, was the texture that was build with each layer of the sealant. I think this gave the skin an nice realistic touch.
After that I decided to give the head more dimension with some skin texture. I used a ripped sponge, different Acryl colors and finally some watery colors for freckles and pores. I think it turned out quite nice.
Up to this point I was very happy how everything worked so far. I contiued to use only Liquitex and gave her a face up like I always did.
And that was the point everything went sideways xD
The pastel colors worked okay, but the watercolor pencils did not work at all, the Acryl color blended together and became on splotch, every brush stroke I made wasn’t visible anymore and the texture was now way to uneasy. Seriously she looks fugly AF like this lol… And please don’t feel sorry for me – this is the reason I made this.
Thinking I would have tried it directly on my Charles head- which is what? …more than two times more expensive? …urgh.. – I would have been devastated. But this is my little Evol and she can handle ugly – not her first Rodeo xD
So what will I do differently when I will paint Charles?
I will try a mix of both sealants… If I let every layer dry properly it should not be a problem. I think I will start like today, until the skin is colored and textured, then I will switch to MSC since I will not need any more texture, but I need the grip of the other materials. I am still not sure, if I should try it again with Evol or go for Charles right away… No I think I will strip Evol in a few days and then I will try again on her – just to be sure. Anyhow I will show you guys all the results!!
Do you have experiences in face ups? Do you make them or do you prefer to commission someone? Do you have a favorite face up artist?
I hope you had a beautiful weekend – feel hugged and cheers ❤