Part Three is all about painting. Also known as… THE FUN PART! You might wonder – I know, I do, with artists and things they make that become popular – am I tired of making these? NOT AT ALL. I love each and every one. Each one is different, I don’t take any notes on colors or facial doodles, I just… let myself go. You might think it would become repetitive, but no; rather, I find it a great source of filling my creative well.
The first thing I do is the cloak. It’s the biggest part, and while it doesn’t really ‘set the tone’ or anything, it’s nice to decide the biggest part first.
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After that, I paint her hands. I leave the ‘flesh’ of the face white, to help accentuate the whole Sugar Skull motif. And yet, I paint the hands flesh color. Well, flesh-ish. If you’re sort of an off-white-pink color.
Then, it is on to the hair. I try to choose a color that both goes with, and doesn’t go with, the cloak… if that makes sense. I want it to stand out, but I want it to be visually appealing as well.
After the hair is done, and I let everything sit and dry for an hour or more, I do a second coat on all three things I’ve mentioned above. Here is where I try to fill in any spots I missed, or even out lines, make things a little more uniform. The interesting thing about the paints I use is that they’re designed to give a different look depending on how many coats of paint you use. Here is an example of one coat only. Here’s an example of three coats. For the Madonnas, I use two coats, to get something in-between the watercolor look and the full-coat look.
Lastly, I do her face. I don’t usually have a specific thing in mind, unless I’m doing a custom order (like the yellow-cloaked Madonna in the background here) and I just sort of … let inspiration lead the way, and trust.
Next up, glazing and firing!