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#1 baxojayz

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Posted 21 March 2003 - 10:51 AM

For years I avoided the bigger figures because I had trouble painting eyes.
A couple of years back I was in a local hobby shop and found "EZ EYES." They are eye decals. They make many different scales and colors. On each sheet there are enough decals to put eyes on figures for years. Check out the link below:

http://www.archertra...com/catFig.html

They also have tattoos if you want to give your figures some "ink."

If you are new, or have problems with eyes, take this route. They work very well. Look really nice. No one can tell that you didn't paint them. Try 'em, you'll be amazed.

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Posted 12 June 2003 - 04:47 PM

A friend of mine created a site that may help those who wish to paint the eyes of an anime character.  This is not all-inclusive, but just something to give people ideas and inspiration for their own creations.

enjoy  :D

Here is the URL: http://www.geocities...Tokyo/Club/8885

Take a look in the left frame under "Tips and Tricks"
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Posted 21 September 2003 - 01:18 PM

painting eyes is the biggest pain in the arse  for anyone with an unsteady hand. It took me 4-5 tries and a ton of frustration to get a decent set of eyes on my 1/6 langrisser 5 lambada kit.

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Posted 21 September 2003 - 03:04 PM

The biggest problem I have is getting the concave "3D" look of the eyes. As well as consistancy of the pupils. I have some of the Archer decals, but I've avoided using them. Where artistry fails, skills can be developed to compensate.

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Posted 21 September 2003 - 04:49 PM

The best way tp paint eyes is to do them at the same time. Never complete one side and then work on the other. It will  not match up that way.

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Posted 21 September 2003 - 05:58 PM

Painting the eyes has always been my favorite part of painting a figure kit.  Its almost always done last and it feels like a special ritual that brings the kit to life each and every time I do it.  I'm not sure how I would feel if just put stickers on.  I think I'd feel cheated in someway.  Maybe I'm just old fashioned   :wink:

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Posted 21 September 2003 - 05:58 PM

yeah the eyes are most difficult part of painting a kit, it can either make or break a kit. but its also the most fulfilling part of it too. its still kinda fustrating but i pretty much got it down. even if some of you do use decals, you should atleast give hand painting a shot.

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Posted 22 September 2003 - 12:05 AM

Yup, unintended crossed-eyes can indeed ruin what would otherwise be a great kit.  The eyes are one of the last things I paint on a kit.  Because I have some difficulty with painting strokes from right to left (I'm right handed), I turn the kit upside down, and use the same left-to-right stroke.  This can be used to paint eyebrows as well.  Adaptation is definitely a must in this hobby!

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Posted 22 September 2003 - 01:07 AM

I used to do the eyes with a marker (the black part only) I have better control this way ... I then filled in the collor with a handbrush.

Do you airbrush eyes or do you all use handbrush ? I haven't tried airbrushing them yet because I don't think my AB can handle this kind of detail ... I'm using a Badger 100 GXF.

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Posted 22 September 2003 - 02:53 AM

The eyes are my favourite part to paint too, I always looks forward to doing them. I handbrush the eyes, I've never airbrushed them. I have a Badger AB too and I don't think it would do a very good job, unless you masked off most of the face. I use acrylic paints for the eyes, but I always water them down sligtly so the pait doesn't get that caking that can sometimes happen. I'm going to get some white oil paint to use for the little white dots for my next GK, It tends to give the eyes a wetter look.

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Posted 22 September 2003 - 03:35 AM

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Do you airbrush eyes or do you all use handbrush ? I haven't tried airbrushing them yet because I don't think my AB can handle this kind of detail ... I'm using a Badger 100 GXF.

Grtz.

I can't imagine anyone airbrushing the eyes.  The handbrush is much better suited for painting eyes.  Unfortunately, there are some things the airbrush cannot do.

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Posted 22 September 2003 - 08:08 AM

It's not impossible to airbrush eyes, I've seen it done before.

But it would be a pain in the @$$.

It would be very hard to do with figures 1/6 scale and smaller. Airbrushing eyes are usually done for a large figures in 1/5 scale and above. They will look very nice if you have the patience to mask in all the details for airbrushing.

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Posted 22 September 2003 - 10:01 AM

so far i havent used an airbrush to paint the eyes yet, all of the kits ive built are too small.

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Posted 22 September 2003 - 11:04 AM

The eyes are hard to paint, but if you know how to draw it on paper then it won't be a problem  :P

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Posted 22 September 2003 - 02:26 PM

Airbrushing eyes requires patience, and a heck of a lot of masking.  Make sure you have an airbrush that can spray very fine hairlines.  A friend of mine tried to do it on a Bome 1/3 scale.  He gave up, maybe some of you will have better luck!

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