My fourth completed GK. Prep was wonderful, she has great keys and fit wonderfully; only very minimal putty work. I'm unfamiliar with the character, so I painted her differently. Taking photos gave me the biggest headache because purples do not like to photograph properly >_< The pictures I'm posting have two versions; one is a very crisp photo with a beautiful white balance that shows all the colors true except the purples, the second is a toned white balance that makes the other colors look a little different but shows the purple more accurately. The sheer black fabric looks nice in person but it doesn't photopgraph well. It also came out a bit glossier than I'd wanted but I left it because I thought it broke up some of the matteness. Everything is airbrushed except eyes, nails and sword detailing. My first real attempt at highlighting and most of it in the hair is lost because of the camera issues, but you can see it alright on her ponytail. The gray highlights looked nice while the paint was wet but dulled down once it dried, after I'd already torn off the masking so I just said screw it. Shading done with chalk pastel; Tamiya and Vallejo paints. Skin is clear Tamiya paints, done like lacquer clear skin methods.
The base was made of two small plywood ovals from a craft store, that I glued together and puttied the edges to make it smooth. I cut out a sheet of scrapbook paper and used Mod Podge for the adhesive and top coats. Wetsanded and then matte varnish to complete it, very simple. I also made a small charm that hangs from the handle of her sword. White ribbon has a very light mist of Jaquard Pearl Pigments on it to give it some flair. I discovered that I'm much better at highlighting and general painting with an airbrush than I am shading o_O So I shaded with a brush and chalk pastels again. *As always, click for larger images.
Anyways, please enjoy my fourth completed GK, Touka Izayoi.
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