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I was hoping to catch a few quick pointers on the finer details of painting faces. I am working on a female inquisitor witch hunter, the one with the flaming gun holding the walking staff. I have the basics down for faces, as several other models I have done, they turned out alright. But for this model, being a girl, she has to be beautiful, sexy even. Painting gaurd, they can look ugly and it works.
How does one get nice looking lips? Mine look like she had big issues with the lipstick that morning?
How about shading around the eyes? I painted the area black, then smaller white area to denote the pupil, then a dot of blue for the eyes. Somehow, it seems out of proportion, like her mascara ran and the eyes are all funny? How much is too much? Do I do the eyes before the whole face, or the face then the eyes? How big to I make the eyes? (I can't seem to discern the eye ball on the mini)
Any help/pointers would be appreciated. I have a stunning model that will be ruined if I can't get the face just right.
The image I am working from can be found at www.fellshadow.com You will see the witch hunter inquistor model on the right side on the main page.
For the lips I would suggest a darker more muted color rather than a bright color. Once you lay down the darker color I would mix a little bone into that color - just enough to lighten it a bit and paint a reflection spot on the lip. If you really want it to look glossy you can always paint on a gloss varnish when finished.
For the eyes I try to keep it simple. I paint the whole eye area white, add the black pupil and then go back and darkline around the eye to correct any white bleedover. To be honest I really don't mess with doing eye colors. But I would suggest if trying to go for that kind of look to go with very muted/washed out colors rather than bright ones.
I haven't really bothered with "eye" makeup either. I would probably recommend a very watered down "glaze" of the color you want to use that way it blends in with the skin a bit better.
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I just put "lipstick" on my first Sisters squad and used the Vallejo equivalent of red gore with a very teeny brush. I think it looks pretty good! (sorry no pics yet)
Personally I like the woman Inquistor model face isn't modeled well or the mold is gettin' old or maybe just the one I have wasn't molded that well...but Imma try to make her look good. =)
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