Kamui K's WIP

Friday, July 29, 2005

Felicia: putty'n up the base

Since all her wieght is on her head, I have to make extra sure that her legs and feet will be secured onto the base. This means that I have to recheck and reputty around her feet so that she'll fit snuggly. And I'll have to keep adding till I feel that she's got enough support. I hope the putty looks convincing enough to resemble the rock around it.
And what makes this difficult is the way her claws are sculpted. They're meant to go and hang over an edge, rather on to a flat surface. So even more delicate balancing is needed. But she's getting there.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Felicia: Assembling + test basing

This time, I finished shading her skin, her pink/red areas, and finished her eyes. Though I might want to go back and improve them if I have extra time. I'm not sure if I did them true to the character.
As for her skintones, I chose a more yellow/brown tone to shade with. I can't put my finger on it, but to me, red skintones with blue hair (which is how she's portrayed in the games) just seems too outrageous and unbelievable. Red/pink with blue? Nah, yellow/brown goes better, no?
Much like this fan pic, though I didn't go as brown as he did (which was where I got the inspiration from).

Anyways, I hate assembling. I have a difficulty thinking and taking care of a 3D object. Gotta go slow and steady, 'n not chip any paint. But I always end up hurting something.
Hopefully, after a few more kits, I'll learn to train my brian and eye to think in something more than a 2D perspective. Well, here you can get a better sence what she's going to look like. All's left is her bangs and tail. Then onto the mini diorama base.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Felicia: shading hair + basecoating skintones

My god. It seemed forever to shade all that hair by hand. And it seems like I still have a lot more to do over all. I wanted to paint her eyes first, then worry about her skin color. But I can't concentrate on eyes at 4:30am. Hand's not steady at this time.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Felicia: basecoating hair

Well, it's next onto the blue hair she's got. It took me all night to layer on the basecoat in thin layers to completely cover it all and making sure the previous layer is dry. I'll have to leave this dry over night to dry completely before highlighting and shading. I don't dare lift up any paint by rushing things.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Felicia: Shading white continues

Finished off the white areas tonight. Spray some gloss and matte to seal the work. And I should be moving on to the blue hair or skintones.
One thing to note though about the white areas. I've noticed that some areas aren't defined enough, like the front leg bone. So in this case, careful shading would give an illusion that there were more curves sculpted on were there weren't before. I think it turned out wonderfully.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Felicia:Priming and shading white

Since she's got a conciderable amount of white on her, I had to go over the grey primer with white. Assembling and sanding was done. Then it's onto shading white.
Here, I've shaded only her arm and her butt crack. This test shot is to see if the shading is enough compared to the bare white on her back.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Felicia: Legs and basing

After lots of sanding and priming, I've finally gotten around to assemble her. Most painters would save assembling for the end, but somehow, my test fitting from the beginning always seems to be just a tinsy bit off by the end of painting. So I personally like to assemble as much of the figure I can at this stage, before painting.

And while I'm at it, I've always hated the base she came with. So I wanted to add her to a more natural base. And I've boiled it down to these 3 variations. The large circular disc with lots of flocking and grass opportunities, and the 2 seperate rock formations with each leg. One is more together, and the other is apart. It seems the 2 rocks apart looks the best through the eye of the camera. What do you think? I'm just afraid if the rocks seems out of scale to her.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Felicia: The sanding continues...

Well, with the high humidity from the rain all week, I'm forced to do nothing but test fit and sand. Finally, the storms are over and I could reprime to check my progress.
Prepping her is taking longer than I thought. Lots of seam lines between her toes and fingers. And more pin holes showed up on her hair.