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Apparently those skills I learnt back in er, well before the new millenium Have failed and I…

Apparently those skills I learnt back in er, well before the new millenium ;)Have failed and I can’t make a working path to save me!I know there is an easier way and I could probably update photoshop at that. I’m trying to smooth and fix my tattoos which…

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You know you might have a few big files when…

Your lovely new computer capable of playing games on the highest graphics settings but your scans in b/w cause your comp to crash to desktop…. Yeah. But I managed to hit that magical “export as pdf” button in OO and now I have ten pages of tattooy goodness to test. Much easier to test as a pdf than 10 individual tif files. Yeah, might be a bit OTT with the resolution of my initial scans but I figure better to start too high and have room to cut back than try and increase resolution. Will test now I think and compare to the previous prints.

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You know you might have a few big files when…

Your lovely new computer capable of playing games on the highest graphics settings but your scans in b/w cause your comp to crash to desktop…. Yeah. But I managed to hit that magical “export as pdf” button in OO and now I have ten pages of tattooy…

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So I am happy with my tats, to the point I’m going to create another three sheets of the connecting pieces I avoided so as to make it easier. So the side front belly and back of arms will get their coverage.

They are mostly my work. The specific idiosyncracities of line width and end points are mine for sure. But I did use some tracing of Jan’s art to get there 😉 Also they scaled down a little further due to the PDF format (I was using a 97% print of my last tats and then they scaled back 97% again. The chest and belly tats are fine, as are the main back pieces but the thigh and arms need to be a little bigger.

Also note i did not get a chance to polish my armour, But I did give it all a slight gold wash. Why? My saber hilt is a mix of gold and silver to break up the tone. And it works well for the armour too. Also note my armour is black on silver (ie my cut marks show the metal underneath not black cuts on silver) so as to better mimic the artwork.

Holy crap, woman, your costuming just blows me away.  And you are freaking gorgeous.

Thank you 🙂 I think I forgot to mention I did in fact paint myself entirely this time. Ditto with the tattoos.

Very bendy 😉

But also the alcohol to dissolve the paint makes the paint dry fast enough that you can 🙂 While reaching around to paint between the shoulder blades you can disturb paint around the chest and armpit so luckily this stuff dries so quickly you can feel when you are able to go over an old spot or new 🙂

Also two specific brush types used in two specific ways (or three…) and being very familiar with the viscosities needed for painting the face vs body, first layer vs last.

Also no sponges with this stuff except to make dappled effects! Best of all is an airgun but I don’t have one (yet) and it does mean a lot of alcohol in the air. I did the lekku patterns this way. Whee, the air was alcoholic for days in my workroom!

Also so much glue! Literally used a detail house-paint paint brush to glue the prosthetic to my forehead and the gloves and boots to my legs. Also bikini to body. So looking forward to the upgrades! I just need some leather dye and then I can sacrifice some leather hoarded away for years for a project that won’t happen. Then some more (recycled skirt ditto for a project I have passed on) to make a new bikini. I’d prefer to mold vegetanned leather but I don’t think I’d be physically able to pull it in to shape any more.

And hello to you over here from LJ-land 🙂

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First time no Jaw of Doom by an NZ photographer! I don’t have a big jaw but standard rules about photos leave me looking like an Aussie Soprano!

Anyway. Yes, you can see I am hunched and my neck has almost disappeared. Unfortunately the lekku were just off the sweet spot (I can do a single bun so will next time) and I was also in pain (I still look that hunched as my shoulders have a lot of inflammation going on) and my bikini almost falling off. In fact it did as soon as I got back to my hotel room. So my cunning plan with strips of Wonderflexx for the other style of top she wears will definitely come to fruition. And there will be a strip to glue properly too. The bikini also wound up sitting too low so it covered a fair amount of the belly tatt.

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So I am happy with my tats, to the point I’m going to create another three sheets of the connecting pieces I avoided so as to make it easier. So the side front belly and back of arms will get their coverage.

They are mostly my work. The specific idiosyncracities of line width and end points are mine for sure. But I did use some tracing of Jan’s art to get there 😉 Also they scaled down a little further due to the PDF format (I was using a 97% print of my last tats and then they scaled back 97% again. The chest and belly tats are fine, as are the main back pieces but the thigh and arms need to be a little bigger.

Also note i did not get a chance to polish my armour, But I did give it all a slight gold wash. Why? My saber hilt is a mix of gold and silver to break up the tone. And it works well for the armour too. Also note my armour is black on silver (ie my cut marks show the metal underneath not black cuts on silver) so as to better mimic the artwork.

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They are red! First flat brush then airbrush. I am so getting another at some stage with the ability to hold more paint but wow, such a difference! Luckily the can is twice as long lasting as last time as I was able to paint a fair bit and there is still heaps of propellent. But I do want a mini compressor.

Also yes, there is a missing patch but thatwill be painted solid black so it’s pointless to waste expensive ink on that! I used Latona’s as it is a little more durable on latex and will quite probably be airbrushing the tattoos on this time. I just need to cut my stensils. Not looking forward to it as the lekku curves make things not sit properly 😉 Or I could just do the sticky foam and hope I only lift off the paint underneath and not pull it all off.

Also, camera died when I took a photo this morning of paint in progress with all the talc everywhere 🙂 

Yes those red drops on the carpet are the main reason why I want a contained ink holder….

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Well, blech..

From too damp to too warm I let the workroom get too warm so I’ll need to do a bit more tidying of the lekku. I really wanted them done before Hamilton armageddon but hey.

I copied the lekku patterns to paper and then again to more paper to be able to print them off to keep in storage. I may have just enough foam to be able to make flexible stencils, or I could cut out the shapes and stick them on and trace around which would be easier if I can get them drawn in before the red and not have the alcohol wipe them away… well…

So I’ll take the patterns with me as I’m not going to be busy at all ‘eh?

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Well, blech..

From too damp to too warm I let the workroom get too warm so I’ll need to do a bit more tidying of the lekku. I really wanted them done before Hamilton armageddon but hey.

I copied the lekku patterns to paper and then again to more paper to be able to…

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Oh hello rain, again…

I am having trouble with the tidying of the lekku, mainly because it is so damp. I think there may be a pool of water under my workroom because it is super stinky. So I’ve had the heater going most of the day- it helps with the smell, helps with my joints and helps get the latex to cure.
So I am being super patient and leaving the latex well enough alone for the night and hope the thin layer of latex cures.

Meanwhile I have ruined so many ear buds…. argh! I have one beautiful one taunting me while redoing the other about three times now. And being a fairly solid layer of latex that is taking some time to cure! I knew I should have made two molds… well I may have to as the mold is finally losing definition.
But the new antena is cut and shaped ready for paint and polish and the new upper of the wrap is also cut ready to shape once the latex is cured so I can try it on. Then new wraps with a slight overlap of the buds so I can hide all the edges or just glue them in to the head wrap… hmmm….

My wrists are far to far gone to be able to pull the leather into shape for the new bikini. So I will leave that for the time being.

And I am now going to sleep. I may not get her ready for Welly at this rate, but I shall try 🙂

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