Alice + Sokrates (Final)

After another weekend I’ve managed to finish this model. Whoo-hoo! A base still needs to be prepared, but here are the final work-in-progress pictures. I’ll get some better pictures when I set this up to photograph it properly in a week or so. I have half a mind to replicate the Wonderfest photo that I first showed on the beginning post for this model.

Alice + Sokrates

Perhaps the most complicated piece in this model was the feet and stockings. I followed the basic pattern in the reference photo, except that I did include an extra layer of stripes. I think this adds just a little more variety, as you can see in the picture below. This stripes were painted through masking.

Alice's Stockings

Alice’s body was painted with a Dailer-Rowney pearlescent ink paint. I quite like the way these paints work. This paint usually takes two coats, but it covers well and has a nice depth to the color.

Alice's Dress

In my first posting on this work-in-progress I showed some initial pictures of the cat. I had applied my base coat and overcoated with some pearlescent orange. I mentioned at the time that I thought it was too reflective and I would have to redo the cat. The picture below shows how things finally ended up. I think this brings the cat more into the scene, and I also dusted a little pink color in the ears just for fun.

Sokrates

My final work-in-progress construction picture shows Alice all put together.

Alice and her Cat

And, just to repeat the final result, here is Alice with an AA battery in the picture so that you can get an idea as to the overall size.

Alice + Sokrates

Alice + Sokrates (Update 2)

It’s been quite some time since I posted an update to this model. I managed to find a little time to continue work on this, so as promised, here are a few pictures of how I painted Alice’s eyes. But, before we begin, this is what the final result looks like …

Alice in Pigtails

Alice in Pigtails



We begin at the point where the eyes are painted white. I have used Tamiya flesh colored paint, lightened with white at a 50-50 mix as my base color. I have overcoated the base with a thin white pearl to provide a little translucence to the skin. This seems to work well.

The 'whites' of the eyes

The first step is to fix where the iris of the eye should go. This depends on the direction that the figure is looking. In this case, Alice is mostly looking forward. I have painted in the eyebrows to give some context, and penciled in a rough location where the eye will be positioned.

Sketch the location

Sketch the location

The next step is to paint the iris. Alice’s eyes will be green. I’m using a dark green color and when painting, I don’t worry too much about clean the edges are. This will get fixed up later.

Paint the iris

Paint the iris

We now paint the black pupil of the eye. I have also outlined the iris with a thin black line and painted a black line under the top eyelid. When we are doing these lines we want to use a fine liner brush with properly thinned paint. Test out how easy it is to draw a thin black line with your brush on a piece of paper first, before you paint your model.

Paint the pupil

Paint the pupil

Now that the pupil is positioned, we paint a thin crescent underneath the pupil with a much lighter version of the iris color. This adds a noticable contrast into the iris color.

Iris contrast color

Iris contrast color

The last step is to add some eye shadow. I paint some clear coat on the eyelid and then use chalk dust powder to add some color into the top of the eye. The chalk dust sticks in the clear coat so that the dust doesn’t fall off quite so easily. The dust provides a bit of dynamic texture that is different from a paint.

Eye shadow

Eye shadow

There is a little bit of cleanup that could perhaps be done to finish the eyes. This would touch up the edges and repair any significant faults. For example, when I looked at the result I wasn’t really happy with the dark green color that I had used. There was little contrast to the black outline. So, to add more color into the eyes I repainted it with a lighter green.

See? It’s always possible to change!

Alice in Pigtails

Alice in Pigtails

Alice + Sokrates (Update 1)

Well, it’s time to show some progess on this figure model. It’s not too dificult a figure and I’m about half way finished. I have base coated most of the pieces and I am starting to shade and finish the texture. This is where I am …

I’m finished preparing the chair. It’s about how I want it to look. The cat, on the other hand, is a very different matter. I put some orange pearl paint on top of the cat base color and it’s showing up as being too artificial and reflective. I am going to have to tone this down.

Here is another picture of the chair. I used a dark brown/red color called Tuscan from Floquil and shaded with a warm orange. Of course, it is not finished yet. I still have to paint the back and the legs and all the trim pieces that are the wooden chair frame.

What follows are a few work-in-progress pictures. You can see how the chair shading progressed, and the cat, too. I’ll show the painting of the eyes in my next post.

Alice + Sokrates (Beginning)

It’s time to start another resin figure model. This one is Alice from Odin Sphere with her cat Sokrates. This kit was first released by Altus in 2007 and is distributed as a Wonder Showcase kit. I’ve only seen one of these original kits for sale so if you find one you may be lucky.

Alice + Sokrates

 

If you follow my work you will know that I like to do figures that have some characteristic that sets the figure in some context. Alice, in her large chair, certainly fits into this framework. She should be a fairly simple kt to build. The interesting challenge will be to texture and shade her chair so that it has some realistic colors.

This is a basic dry fit now that the pieces have been prepped and primed. I’ll update this post in a few days when I have some color on the pieces.