I have four dragon hatchlings which I am painting to match the seasons. I will post a step by step for my favorite so far which is the red dragon. I will do my best to give painting tips and color ideas. I should have it up tomorrow night.
As you saw in the previous post I showed the basic steps to get your skull face paint job. I continued this paint job and made it more blended and better detailed.
Here is some photos with a better camera to show the basic skull face before I alter it.
At this point I needed to thin out the black area just past the teeth that leads to the ear, so I removed some of it with a damp makeup sponge. This is what it looked like.
After which I filled in the area with white using one of the smaller paint brushes. Leaving an opening for the black to be filled in after.
Next I started blending and feathering around the eye sockets and lack of nose. I also added white from the tip of the nose down to give a bit more of the “upside down heart” look.
During this I lengthened the teeth and blended them to the rest of the white on the skull to attach them. I also better filled in the vertebra and evened them out. This part does take a bit of time and lots of patience.
I then went back to my black paint and used a small brush to fill in the open areas of skin.
Some time, blending, and patience later here are my final results for the detailed skull face.
Here is a step by step for painting a basic skull face.
First you need your colors, brushes, water, and subject. I have all of these so let’s get started.
I start with the white because it is easier to cover white makeup with black makeup if you need to. Start by painting a simple design with the white, fill in as much of the area as you feel would be covered and leave the areas you are going to paint black untouched.
I like to add some white lines on the neck to look like vertebrae.
Next you will need your black I prefer to use a smaller brush for this as you need more detail with this part. Try to use a nice soft brush since you will be painting the soft skin of the eyes and eyelids.
You will need to fill in the nose and then cover across the face in what looks like a large creepy smile. You can add some shape to the skull by curving the makeup up a bit just past the corners of the mouth then start to even curve back as you follow to the hollow of the ear.
Next you want to fill in the black under the neck and chin. I chose to only go as far back as the ear for this, but you can paint all the way around if you need to.
I left some extra space around the vertebrae so I could even them out later. Next I went back and filled in the empty spots with more white now that I knew where the black makeup would end. I did some touch up and cleanup as I went along.
At this point you can really see the shape of the skull coming through. It still needs detailing and cleanup but the basic shape is there. Next I added the teeth. With most people the teeth you have go back to approximately the outside edge of your eyes. I used this as a rough guideline for his teeth.
To make the teeth take a smaller rectangular brush with a clean flat side to it. Make sure you have a decent amount of the make up on you brush and lightly press the flat side of the bristles against the face where you want your first tooth to go. As you do this keep the brush slightly bent away from the face and it will give a curve to the top or bottom of the tooth. Aka the flat bristle end will be the part of the tooth that sticks out of your gums. The ferule of the brush creates the base of the tooth.
At this point you can choose to do some cleanup work and detail and leave it at that. An this is what you will have.
I did continue on and I blended the whole thing for a more realistic look. I will post that segment tomorrow.
I have made my first tutorial on face painting. I will begin by explaining the basics of what you need for this project.
First you will need to find your preferred brand of makeup. I personally use Paradise makeup by Mehron Inc. I like it better than their Star Blend because Paradise is a semi-soft, water activated, moist cake makeup. Which means it isn’t greasy and it isn’t dry. It is actually lightly coconut scented as well. The scent is very mild though and it does fade off after the makeup dries. Being someone with perfume allergies I have to say the scent is actually pleasing and does not cause any reactions. Also having sensitive skin I appreciate it’s ease of use, it applies easily with water and washes off with mild soap.
There are many types of makeup out there and many companies, in my volunteer work I have used a variety of them and I still prefer Paradise over anything else I have used. I would avoid using grease makeup unless you have no other choice. It tends to clog your pores and it often very messy and never dries. The dry pancake makeups out there work well but they do have their difficulties I have noticed some are hard to get to mix with any water while others soak it up.
Next you will need brushes or makeup sponges, possibly some q tips. I prefer using brushes, you can have a variety of sizes and have more control over what you are doing. I do not use any particular brand and in fact I just use regular paint brushes. Please make sure the brushes you are going to use are soft! You do not want to be poking around someones face with a hard bristle paint brush.
After you have selected you brushes or sponges you will need a few cups of water. I like to keep one for light colors and one for dark colors it tends to be simpler then having to change the water for every color.
Before you begin make sure you have everything you need, I find it easier to have a table with everything laid out on it. I usually keep some paper towels and makeup sponges handy as well to help clean up mistakes.
Finally you will need someone to paint!
I have set up the Nerdy Interests Forums today and made them available to all. I hope to see people there soon to talk about all the awesome nerdy stuff we all love to talk about. I will be setting up to post picture tutorials for some of my items soon. I will also have video tutorials for face painting up once I and my fiancée are recovered from this awful virus we’ve both had. I will also have the store set up for business in the near future and hope to have a nice selection of neat things for sale.
Hello to you all,
I hope to create a site which many of my fellow nerds can come to talk and just hang out. I am extremely new at this currently and hope to set up a forum soon so people can come to chat. At this time I am lucky to have figured out how to pick a theme for my blog site and to manage this first post. I myself have always been more of a craft person and less with the digital media.
I have plans to show you all many of the different types of crafts I can make/paint, and to offer advise and general knowledge on how I create each item. I like to do many different types of crafting, all seem to have a decidedly nerdy bent to them. Just to list a few I enjoy painting miniatures, painting ceramic figurines, needle-felting, sewing, and making various crazy props and creations.
I would love to share ideas and speak with other people to learn new techniques and creative ways of making things.
Well, that’s all for now. I will post updates as I learn my way around the site.
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