Here are the photos I promised. Due to life, there were delays in getting this post put together.
First of all I started with a cute little dragon made of bisque. Bisque is ceramic that has been fire hardened and ready to either be painted or glazed. Since I do not own a kiln of my own I paint everything instead. Here is a photo of it before and after I apply the base cost which is just flat black spray paint.
Make sure when using spray paint you have a well ventilated area. I actually have a box I set up in the window to spray in. I took a double fan that sits in the window and I turn it on so the air is blowing out. I have a cardboard box that has a flat bottom and four “pillars” for the corners. So really it is a cardboard tray. But I stick two of the pillars out the window and use the fan to hold it in place. Turning the fan on I then have a way to use spray paint inside my house without dieing on fumes. It will not eliminate all the smell but it will make a huge difference.
After I have base coated the item in question, this time my dragon hatchling. I then get out my acrylic paints. I like acrylic paints because they dry fast and they are water soluble. I always keep a couple cups of water handy, using the same method I use for face painting, I keep one for dark colors and one for light. This make water changes less frequent. For cleaning brushes as you are painting I prefer to use the cups of water and I keep a few paper towels near by. A neat trick I learned for saving on paper towels was to keep old jeans. Cut the pants into pieces and use that for wiping your brushes. After you have used all the surface area you can toss them in the washer and then use them again!
So now that I have selected my dragon and what color I want it to be I started with a light color first as I intended to use a “wash” technique for the finish would darken it. The first colors I painted were the largest areas, the egg I base coated with a light brown. For the dragon body I used a pastel peach color as my underlying tone.
After I had these colors done and dry I took a burgundy shade to make my dragon look red. The peachy color and the burgundy seemed to contrast each other just right and give this nice shade of red. I put a bit of this burgundy in my mixing tray and added a lot of water to make this more like a stain than a paint. So you want what looks like red juice really, a very thin watery color, you can always add more, it’s much harder to lighten it rather than darken it. I lightly brushed it over all the peach areas. You want the color to settle into all the little cracks to bring out the 3D of the piece.
After this was done I went back with a tiny pointed detail brush using the same burgundy watery paint I redrew all the little scale lines and darkened the lined edges and finger cracks. This part will take some time a patience, probably a break as well. After this I also applied the white color on the egg, having the brown as an underlying color makes the egg look a little less bright. When applying the white, paint in layers don’t try to get the egg white all in on go, it will look very flat if you do this. It’s ok to have some areas where the color is a bit thinner so the brown shows through some.
Next I painted the neck, I used a metallic paint and I wanted this to not have much black showing through so I put a lot of layers on this area. I also found a very dark purple shade and painted the first color on the wings, frills and horns. I like to color coordinate things I paint and I feel areas should match (like an outfit) so I have more than one one place with the same color.
The next area was the face. I wanted a color that said fire because this is a red dragon. I used a very bright vibrant orange shade for the underlying color, I knew I would be toning it down with a top color.
I applied the darker shade over this to mute the intensity of the orange. I used a dry brush technique, but with a bit more paint on the brush than normal. To do this you need to dampen the brush and get some paint on it, then you rub the bristles out a bit on your paper towel or piece of jeans. Leave the paint that in in between the bristles but remove the excess. Rub the brush over the areas you want the color. It will take time but you want this because it will leave the cracks open showing the underlying color.
I then used some of the red metallic to give some shine to the face. I also used a tiny fine point brush and a metallic black to paint the lines on the neck.
After this I used a metallic bronze as the secondary color on the wings, frills, and horns. I used the same dry brush technique for these parts as well, this works best with a flat bristle brush.
Some of the last areas still not painted are the nails and spikes. I decided I wanted these two to match and I applied a nice metallic gold. I did use a few layers to give it that nice shine.
Now to the last parts. I used a clear paint that had gold and platinum sparkles in it. I brushed this over the red dragon body and the egg as well. This gave an overall nice shiny look to the dragon and gave the egg a bit of a supernatural look. After this I painted the eyes which will bring your creature to life. I used a solid red color for the outer area of the eye (sclera). I traced out the iris shape as I applied the red. I then used some of that vibrant orange and lined the inner edge of the iris to make what looks like a flame. For the pupil I used some of that shiny metallic black to make the eyes really pop. So after some touchups as I went, mostly cleaning up edges and sharpening and defining colors here is my end result.
So tell me what you think! Feel free to ask questions!
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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