Sixth (?) Faceup: School Head C

(4/28/2006)

I wasn't very thorough with this, so it's just going to be some random commentary and advice. First off, let's start with some images of the blank head. This is my first time starting with a blank head! I bought it brand new and sealed in its plastic. If you are starting with a blank head, you don't have to wash it first; but, you should rinse it under the tap and let it air dry. I noticed my head had some resin dust on it from the casting process. You don't want to seal that under the MSC.

profile of school C / 3/4 view of school C

Materials (for this particular faceup):

+ watercolor pencils

+ Prismacolor colored pencils

+ acrylic paint, fluid retarder, and acrylic thinner plus 20/0 liner

+ chalk pastels and stiff-bristled brush

+ 10/0 spotter (brush)

+ Mr. Super Clear matte and gloss sealant

+ Kemper eyelashes

I have a problem with hand tremors; so for this faceup, the ONLY place which uses paint is the line in the crease of the lip.

I have taken to using a clean piece of printer paper for doing my faceups on. I find it works just fine to shave the pastels straight onto this (you just have to be careful you don't get into it later, I turned the piece of paper around before I started working on the rest of the faceup). The paper really helps me make sure I don't have too much pastel on my brush, and I also use it to test paint lines and pencil colors.

I decided to switch orders this time and do the blushing first. I think there are some strong advantages to this, but I think it really comes down to whatever works best for you.

If you've ever had any doubts about this - WASH YOUR HANDS after you finish shaving your pastels, before you handle the head! Can you see all the dust on my hands?

I mentioned this in my last faceup writeup, too . . . but here you can see again how much of the pastel you want to get off the brush before you apply it to the head. That upper right area is the ideal; no dust, just color. Even though amount of blushing is personal taste, I recommend going slightly lighter than you think you want. I've found that the moisture of MSC darkens the result slightly.

Where I blushed: I did a base color for the lips with blush, then used a slightly different mix of pastels for the rest of the head. I also blushed the inside rims of the eyes for a more natural look. The rest of the blush is basically along the jaw and the top of the head, the eye area down the nose, and because this is a girl the full of the cheeks.

Blushing small areas: This time I used a 10/0 spotter to get blush into smaller areas I wanted to be fairly dark, like the nostrils, and creases of the ears. You should still tap a little bit of the pastel off, but you can go heavier than you do with the larger brush.

Keeping the blush even: Aside from making sure you don't have too much pastel on your brush, here are some other things I thought of. The best way to hold your head is with your thumb in the neck hole, and your other fingers along the top ridge of the head. If you get excess pastel on your head, BLOW it off. It's also very helpful to have a soft-bristled brush to knock it off. Never use your fingers. When you touch pastel dust or the blank head, it causes more pastel to stick to that area and can cause splotchiness.

The head was blushed and then sealed with two coats of MSC. I did not use a template for these brows; I actually found it easier to freehand them. I did a very faint guide line which was the center of the brow (a mostly horizontal line), then did the more vertical lines of the hairs.

I used several colors on the eyebrows. I did the base of it in brown watercolor pencil. Then, I did a bit over the top in a peach colored watercolor pencil (I think it helps even out the look). Then I did some darker areas with, actually, a metallic copper colored pencil. (The final MSC coating took out the metallic shine.)

I lined the eyes and drew the lashes with a very sharp watercolor pencil. This is that stage.

You can probably see that it looks somewhat "pencilly"; you get a different result than with paint, but I'm still adding details.

 

To get a better gradation of color in the eye area, I also used a darker brown colored pencil. Just pressing harder tends to cause a "gritty" look; it's better to use lighter lines and more colors. I did a highlight line with a silver pencil.

Here are the eyes and eyebrows done.

Okay oddly this doesn't look like the finished shot XD; Guess I didn't get one. But here I've done work on the lips. The base, as you'll recall, was pastel. Over that I used a colored pencil to get some darker areas closer to the crease of the lips, and then used a pale color to draw in highlight lines. It was much easier to do the highlights with a pencil than a brush, so I rather recommend that no matter how you do the lips.

The pencils, however, cannot get into the real crease of the lip so I did use paint and a liner brush for that.

Apparently after this pic, I did also line the crease of the eyelid with pencil and apply lashes.

Okay, I haven't got great shots of her yet, but here's an idea of how the final faceup came out. I have glossed the lips, and also did gloss lightly above the eye area.

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