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Old 04-22-2010, 10:47 AM   #1
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Liquidisk's face-painting technique

(Note: This is reposted from my ROC Cover Girl thread)

I've gotten a lot of inquiries on how I paint faces. I won't be able to take pics as I work, but I hope a step-by-step guide helps. Here's how I do it:

- I make sure the face is clean.

- I apply a thin base layer of fleshtone, no primer. At times I'll use paint straight out of the bottle, other times I'll mix the paint myself.

- the paint is very diluted and several layers are built up to provide a very smooth finish without visible brushstrokes. This also ensures the details are not obscured.

- after an even base coat of fleshtone is done, I start working on the eyes. Using a very small brush (2/0) I apply a mixture of flesh, white and some gray for the sclera (the white part of the eyes).

- I then apply muted pink on the lower eyelids.

- I follow the shape of the eye, but even if I make mistakes it's ok since I paint the eyelashes on top of the sclera. The eyelashes define the shape of the eye.

- afterwards I paint the iris (the colored part) and the pupil. The iris should look like it's hanging from the upper eyelid. Again, any mistakes can be cleaned up by painting over the eyelashes.

- I then work on the eyebrows. Whenever possible I use the darkest part of the hair color.

- I then paint the lips. The lip color varies. I use whatever shade I feel would work best for the character.

- for Cover Girl, I added some rouge on her cheeks to make them look rosy. This also helps define the cheekbones.

- I keep a ready reservoir of the various paints that I use as I work. That way I don't have to keep mixing the colors, which could change.

- when painting likenesses, it helps to have pictures of the person as reference.

I hope this helps.

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Old 04-22-2010, 10:51 AM   #2
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:07 AM   #3
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:36 AM   #4
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Thanks a lot for reposting this, Liquidisk. The detail and skill of your work is something to be admired!

Is there any way we might be able to talk you in to posting some pics of some of the steps for us visual learners? May sound silly but I find I have a lot more success when having a visual reference as well.

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Old 04-22-2010, 11:54 AM   #5
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Oh yeah even in Text form, this is awesome, and should help many out. a custom is often defined by the head, so taking the extra time on the head is a must. And LD hit right on the head, thin layers. always do the trick.

very cool of ya bro to post this.


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Old 04-22-2010, 03:53 PM   #6
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Awesome write up Liquid!

you do some amazing work man.

I came across a site with step by step with pics but I do not want to take away anything from you're posting so if anyone likes they can hit me up via PM and I will give you the link.

Much respect to you Liquid ;)

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Old 04-22-2010, 04:29 PM   #8
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Thanx for thgis this helps a lot... could you give us a pic of the brushes you're using?

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Old 04-22-2010, 11:49 PM   #9
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Thanks for sharing your awesome painting techniques.
This will help many people here in the tank including me.

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Where do you live, so that I may instead steal your resevoir, and black market sell it here on the Tank.

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