I have discontinued my face up book at this time (Face Up Handbook) because the technique in it is very outdated to how I work now. The basic principle is there, but the skill level is no where near where I'm at now.
I am working on a new face up book now and I plan on bringing it out as an ebook and a physical copy as well. I will be publishing it probably though Createspace because I can name my own price without having to worry about production cost. I've been using the Blurb platform for it because it's really nice. I've got a good chunk of it done, but the face ups are still missing from it. That's right, it won't be just one face up, it'll be three. I have one face up documented for it, but I might not use that one and wait to get another commission for a goth face up because I don't like the lighting in the shots. Either way I'm hoping to have it ready by summer.
In other news, I managed to pick up a few commissions locally. I have now two dolls to work on, a Doll Chateau Dolores and a Sweet Dolls Fairy Line Alexa. I already got the face up done on the Dolores, but his body blush is going to take forever because he's so big. I'll be working on the fairy first because she'll be simple. She's technically a 1/6 scale, but with MSD proportions. She's also a 3D print, which I've never worked on before. It'll be interesting.
Anyway, onto some pictures of the DC Dolores!
He's really handsome and fun to work on. I love the contours of his face, they are very pretty. Almost makes me wish I had one in my collection, but only almost. A friend of mine owns him so I can play with him basically at any point really that we meet up at.
It's no secret that I wrote a book on face ups end of last year and published it for sale this January. What's a shame though is that I never made a section for it here, on my face up website. Tsk tsk me. The title of it is Face Up Handbook.
Either way, I did make a section for it this morning with links both to Amazon, and Lulu (where it's slightly cheaper to get). It has a beautiful foreword by Elizabeth Sloan (a.k.a. zirconmermaid) and is 68 pages of BJD painting goodness. The first half of the book covers everything from materials, protection yourself, color theory, to preparing the doll for painting. I spent a lot of time on it, and I'd appreciate it greatly if you would check it out.
Link to it is here.
Also, there will be a new face up on the way. A friend of mine dropped off one of her dolls (a Soom Eliv) with me last night, so she'll be getting the beauty treatment soon.
This doll is named Akemi and belongs to a good friend of mine. I redid her face up for a book I wrote on how to do face ups.
The book is called Face Up Handbook and can be found on Lulu and Amazon. Click on the image for a link to it.
I spent a lot of time on it and did everything from writing to illustrating, editing, and putting it together. I had some friends help me take pictures as I was working. I will later do a more in-depth review of the book and post it to here with pictures. I cover everything from materials (the good, the bad, and the horrific), cleaning, respiratory protection, sealing, color theory, picking colors, to actually doing the face up step by step with large full color pictures. Mind you it is my style of working and is not the way of working.
Iza's Face Ups
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