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This is really impressive, the sort of picture where you keep looking at. I also noticed he has real eyes, not blind eyes. Good.  :)

 

Aside, out of curiosity: do you have any experience how long such a plating survives? Does it stick well to the plastic and can it handle abuse? Or do you have to be very carefull not to scratch?

 

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Thanks, looks green now, but in terms of lasting, this will last. Its all about how thick the plate it. If i plate something for like 10-20mins its delicate and needs to be protected from oxidisation as this might creep inside and ruin it from inside out but i do long plates now (well long for me!) So my coats are thick and durable. If the plate is thick enough it doesnt matter if it sticks well enough as the main problem is adhesion mod plate as things get complocated when you sand or use filler as different surface smoothness affects the plate as do many factors unfortunately. Maintly the conductive paint and size of the object. I made this one but had to go the sleep and didnt want to leave it plating overnight as i get sparks from the cables when they wobble. So the inside of mouth didnt quite finish but im going to try a paych job. After all its only the inside and a few bits under the armour. Gonna patina the hell out of it anyway.

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@geert_2 lol about the eyes. Someone already told me off about dead eyes a while ago, it was probably you. The problem is i never save eyes so always have to do them last and if im happy with the rest I kind of leave the eyes as thet were when i finished the rest. Eyes still annoy me, used to be lips but its now eyes. Hard to get right especially with people you know. Heres my ruined mecha dunkleo. The plate was too thin and i destroyed him. A bit upset but im getting way too large now and plating larger things is not easy without a heated tank and only using my ghetto equipment. Plus filler and light sanding meant the paint did not adhere well to the most likely slightly dusty areas? Who knows. It didnt fall off i cut it off because i saw ripples in the plate btw.

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6 hours ago, cloakfiend said:

@geert_2 lol about the eyes. Someone already told me off about dead eyes a while ago, it was probably you. The problem is i never save eyes so always have to do them last and if im happy with the rest I kind of leave the eyes as thet were when i finished the rest. Eyes still annoy me, used to be lips but its now eyes. Hard to get right especially with people you know...

 

Yes, it could have been me. I vaguely remember I once said that "blind eyes" were the only thing that could be improved. It might have been on one of your early sculptures? :)

 

Eyes are probably the most difficult part of any portrait, as they define most of the facial expression and personality. I tried it a few times in plasticine, but never got it right. So I "solved" this by not modeling the eyes at all, even not "blind eyes". I made just a little indent where the eyes are supposed to be, and let people fill them in with their own fantasy. :)

 

Anyway, for inspiration on how to sculpt the highlights and shadows in the eyes, I would suggest you have a look at sculpting videos of Philippe Faraut on Youtube. Although there are lots of great artists on the internet, including you, concerning eyes and facial expressions Philippe Faraut is top. Especially his clay sculptures. His portraits of depressed, cynical, disturbed and angry people are so real that you can taste the mood and character of the person. Several of his demos got more than a million views.

 

Have a look at these:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2aYaM7WYBk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yghUZ7qiXFo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY80JT_sb-U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA6jwWuc61o
https://philippefaraut.com/collections/portrait-sculpture
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Philippe+Faraut

 

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