Hey everyone, I finally got off my lazy a$$ and did something productive today! I did my faceup for my Sezz head that I ordered from Immortality of Soul. I actually ordered this doll head back in March-April and it came nearer the beginning of June. Since then I researched extensively on materials used by BJD owners. I really wanted a faceup commission from a good artist but I thought to myself I’d give this a shot to see how I fared and this is what happened:
So here is Sezz when he came through the post. He was just a blank doll head; he came in a nice IOS box and was well-packaged.
And this is my attempt at a faceup….. sorry, don’t expect any fantastic BJD photography here. I just snapped quick shots with my sister’s HD camera. See below….
I think I spent around 5 hours working on him. Basically, I quickly washed the head with soapy water, then let it air-dry. I used cotton gloves to handle the doll head during the entire process. I also bought a set of soft pastels (was told no oil pastels as it would damage the resin) and I used a small paintbrush to create the fleshy skintones around the eyes, the corners of the nose, the cheeks and I also dabbed at his chin a bit. Then I sealed the first layer with Mr Super Clear (boy it’s smelly, I had to hold my breath). I was surprised by how quickly Mr Super Clear sets in because it had dried completely and I could start working on the next layer after that immediately.
I worked on the eyes again, using darker colours to shade the inner eyes. I also lined the insides of the eyes with Liquitex black paint and also used a black watercolour pencil. I tried to draw eyelashes with both the black pencil and a brown pencil but the pencil tip was too blunt and my hand couldn’t stop shaking. I tried sharpening the pencil many times but it still came out wonky and weird.
OMG I can’t do the eyelid and bottom eyelashes. Does anyone have any tips???????????????? 😦
After that, I sealed my progress again with Mr Super Clear. By this time I must’ve sealed the head with Mr Super Clear about 3 times. Finally, I redid the lips, adding more colour and then I also started on the eyebrows. I used a soft brown pastel colour first then went over again with a darker brown, adding more weight and body. Once that was done, I sealed the progress again for the fifth or sixth final time.
Next I used Tamiya varnish for his lips and eyelids since I’ve seen some BJD owners use varnish that way. I didn’t have any Zoukemiura (sorry if I spelled that wrong) shine powder or flow medium because I couldn’t find it anywhere in the shops or online.
And this was the final result:
Yay I saved myself £60 🙂
I also stuck a wig on him to see what he would look like with hair and not as a baldy but all the wigs I have seem to look puffy and weird on him. Is this normal? How do BJD owners get their wigs to sit so nicely with their dolls? Anyone have any tips??? 😦
I probably should’ve added more colour to his cheeks and lips but then I was worried I’d go overboard. I should also try different colour of eyes since I don’t think dark colours really suit him. Rubbing out mistakes was a bit difficult, I had to use a lot of q-tips to correct the errors. I should probably get myself a gummy eraser soon.
Yes, so I had the biggest problem with eyelashes 😦 Hopefully I will get better soon in the future. Thanks for reading! 🙂