Aesthetics of June 2015
Above is the face-up that really set the bar for my future work :P It also shows what I'll do when given somewhat free reign. The client ordered a face-up in shades of blue and a melancholy expression for an ice queen and said that I could 'improvise from that'. I had done a couple of other blue face-ups quite recently, so I wanted to go with a bit different complimentary colours this time. Luckily the cold pinks go better for an ice queen theme than healthy peaches! After a bit of thought I also wanted to blend just a bit of purples into it, mainly the lips, since I didn't want her to look too frost-bitten, but more like blues were her natural colour.
At first I had wanted to paint little snowflakes at the temples over the blue blushing, but that ended up looking too shoddy. I simply can't paint in this scale... And my white pencil doesn't show up against a lighter background. But I ended up doing these white lines that might look like cracks in glaciers or something being frozen. I dunno, it just looks 'icy' to me.
I also have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised by this newer Soom head. There are actually little teeth in that mouth, sculpted in much detail, but I of course failed to photograph them... :( And it is a cute sculpt overall. I've been very underwhelmed by recent Soom releases, but it might just be the default face-ups, that look really 'meh' to me and usually don't do justice to the sculpts' mouths, which are the most important selling point to me personally.
Still, Cinderella is no Topaz... I have loved Topaz forever! So it was a thrill to paint one :3 Those lips! Those doe-eyes that still make her look a bit impish! There is so much personality in this sculpt, I'm sad that she isn't as numerous as Amber...
On to the face-up, I was actually asked to recreate the previous face-up that the owner had done herself. It was a very neutral and naturally fresh face-up that suited a red-eyed red-head. The main attraction was the rosy coloured lips. This time I did the lips with three separate colours to give them a more 3D look. That turned out looking quite nice, if I say so myself, but it was a good thing the lips are so big, so there is enough surface to do more shading.
Then finally, I got to do an entire Kitten :3 This sleepy kitty belongs to Deary and it was many a first for me. First anthro to paint, first fully sleeping sculpt, first truly all-around blushing (the pegasos was close, but this time I have blushed every visible piece of resin). I just loved blushing those closed eyelids! Moar sleeping sculpts, please! There was such a vast canvas to paint, I'm actually proud I managed to hold myself back from overdoing it XD Because in the end, this is a sweet kitty, not an alley cat that has a ton of make-up...
We also discussed whiskers and Deary decided against them. It is a thin line between truly animal and anthro, but I think the blushed cheeks without whisker spots give the more anthro wibe, so it was a good call.
The blushing was pretty simple, some shading to the joints and then the spots and paws. I'm glad Deary didn't have a striped cat to shove me as my first anthro blushing XD That wouls have been a challenge on its own, but maybe a simple start is the best ;)
In the next episode you should be seeing some Teenie Gems again, since a few from Velvet's crew have come to spend some spa time :3