Friday, March 6, 2009


I decided to take a short break from commission work and finish up something for myself.
I had this kit laying around for a very long time, but never had enough time to start on her. Resently I was visiting one of my friends blogs ( ) and was inspired by a web sites header (or at least by one of the girls on it). Thank you Otohime, you gave me a great idea for the colors :D

I was really excited to start on the kit, everything looked so easy at the begining. Oh boy, was I wrong. Can you say: " MASKING HELL" ? >.< Of course I should just blame myself for this self inflicted punishment, but after seeing her all complete, I think it was totally worth the effort.

Since this kit is not a commission, I decided to experiment a little bit. At the beginning, I was just going to do her hair the same way I always do it (base color with shaded highlights and shadows). But I decided to do something different. I have to thank Joa for this inspiration ( )

Even with all the masking and experimenting, it only took me about two weeks to complete her. I am very happy how she turned out.

Chouun kimono WIP

After I posted my finished pictures of Chouun in kimono, I had some people asking me how I did it. Here is a short WIP

First I painted the whole kimono in Folk Art Champagne pearl white. The paint shimmers like a real silk and creates a very nice effect when done.

Next I used Createx Clear red, followed by clear blue. The combined color of those two paints is purple, but will be a little bit different if you put blue first and red second. Just something to keep in mind.

At the end, I used some clear black on the edges of kimono, to give it a more depth.

Everything sealed with Testors Glosscote (multiple coats)

I hope this will help a little. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me.