GSC Painting a Nendoroid Expression: Conclusion!

Nendoroid Expression Conclusion by Mikatan

Nendoroid Expression Conclusion by Mikatan

The time has finally come for the conclusion of Mikatan's Miku Nendoroid Expression.

Mikatan wraps things up by removing the shine on Miku's face which was a result of Mikatan saving her work as she progressed with the expression.

Mikatan's also adds a bit of blush to Miku's cheek to give her a rosy, cute look.

And ta-da! Miku's expression is finally done.

You got to hand it to Mikatan for her determination in sticking with it & completing her Miku's expression.

Mikatan originally thought it would take her 3 days to complete the expression but it ended up taking her 3 months (note for future expression artist, don't underestimate. it's better to overestimate your time frame)

Overall, great job Mikatan! For a novice expression artist you did quite well :-)

Click here to read the final installment of Mikatan's Miku Nendoroid Expression

Posted on: May 23, 2013

Anime Figure Lingo Explained P.I

As you go further into your journey of collecting anime figures, you start to notice the same terms over and over again.

If you have ever wondered what those terms where all about, you are in luck.

Mikatan at Good Smile Company has put together a great list of industry lingo/jargon that new and experienced collectors will find beneficial & very informative.

After reviewing the list, you can confidently use these words in conversation with other collectors and feel like you know what you are talking about.

Click here for figure lingo explained

Posted on: May 21, 2013

GSC Painting a Nendoroid Expression: Adding Highlights

Nendoroid Expression Adding Highlights by Mikatan

Nendoroid Expression Adding Highlights by Mikatan

Mikatan is nearing the completion of her Miku nendoroid expression (yea!) but first she needs to add highlights to Miku's eyes.

Using paints, paint cups and a paint brush Mikatan adds 2 types of highlights to Miku: the upper highlights and the lower highlights which are also known as crescent moons.

Even though Mikatan's Miku isn't painted to perfection, it's still a great nendoroid especially for her because it's something she created with her own 2 hands.

It's always something special when you work & create something with your own hands.

You appreciate it more because it is a part of you and you are a part of it.

Click here to read how Mikatan adds highlights to her Miku nendoroid

Posted on: May 16, 2013

GSC Painting a Nendoroid Expression: Applying Gradient to the Eyes P.II

Nendoroid Expression Applying Gradient by Mikatan

Nendoroid Expression Applying Gradient by Mikatan

Previously Mikatan was preparing herself to apply gradient colors to Miku's eyes.

Now she is ready to airbrush the lacquer paint to her expression.

Mikatan is really challenging & improving herself by taking on such an ambition project.

For example, it takes the Good Smile Company pros 1 hour to mix the paints to get the correct shades.

Mikatan took at least 2 hours to mix her colors together.

A pro can airbrush nenodorid's eyes at the same time. While Mikatan has to paint her gradient eyes one at a time (which is the best choice given the precision and skill required to create the correct eye gradient)

Despite the extended time, Mikatan remain determines and in the end she uses the airbrush tool to paint her Miku eyes (most people would have given up a long time ago).

Click here to read how Mikatan progresses in Applying Gradient to the Eyes P.II

Posted on: May 9, 2013

GSC Painting a Nendoroid Expression: Applying Gradient to the Eyes

Nendoroid Expression Applying Gradient Eyes  by Mikatan

Nendoroid Expression Applying Gradient Eyes
by Mikatan

Mikatan continues on her journey of creating Miku nendoroid's expression.

Her next step is to apply gradient paint to the inner eye.

This particular gradient process is usually done by hand and involves a procedure of saving the paint after applying it to the eye. That's a total of at least 10 saves for one eye.

Since the hand painted gradient process takes a lot of time and skill, Mikatan has opted to use an airbrush or the gradient eyes.

Click here to read Applying Gradient to the Eyes

Posted on: May 3, 2013

GSC Painting a Nendoroid Expression: Applying Iris & Eyebrows

Nendoroid Expression Iris & Eyebrows by Mikatan

Nendoroid Expression Iris & Eyebrows by Mikatan

In Mikatan's latest installment of Painting a nendoroid expression, she works on applying paint to create the iris of Miku's eyes.

Mikatan begins with creating the right shade for Miku's iris but soon runs into an issue that requires her to start all over with applying the whites of Miku's eyes.

Typically, a person would call it quits and give up but not Mikatan.

She presses on and shows us the persistence and determination needed to create a figure expression.

By the end of the aritcle, Mikatan's has 2 fully colored iris for her Miku & 2 eyebrows!

Click here to read Applying Iris & Eyebrows

Posted on: April 25, 2013

GSC Painting a Nendoroid Expression: Pupils & Shadows

Nendoroid Expression pupils & shadows by Mikatan

Nendoroid Expression pupils & shadows by Mikatan

So after some setbacks and re-dos, Mikatan is ready to progress with the pupils and shadows of Miku's eyes.

As Mikatan utilizes paints (blue, green and white) and enamel thinner (to clean up any mistakes), she makes good progress on giving Miku eyes to see.

Giving that the skills required to make a nendoroid expression, develop over several hours of training and practicing, Mikatan is doing quite well with her Miku expression.

Click here to read: painting pupils and eye shadows.

Posted on: April 25, 2013

GSC Painting a Nendoroid Expression: Preparation for Applying Color

Nendoroid Expression Applying Color by Mikatan

Nendoroid Expression Applying Color by Mikatan

In the next installment of Mikatan’s journey into creating a Miku nendoroid expression, Mikatan works on applying paint (clear lacquer) to her Miku’s face.

This is a process that is necessary to keep the eye border Mikatan previous painted from becoming ruined as she continues to paint the remainder of Miku's expression.

Mikatan concludes by applying white paint to Miku delightful eyes.

Click here to view: applying color to nendoroid expression.

Posted on: April 18, 2013

GSC Painting a Nendoroid Expression: The Eye Border Continues

Nendoroid Expression Eye Border Continues by Mikatan

Nendoroid Expression Eye Border Continues by Mikatan

Mikatan, over at Good Smile Company, is in the process of painting the eye border for her nendoroid expression.

In this week’s post, she attempts to complete this challenging step however it has proved to be a bit difficult then she had original thought.

Luckily, several experts in the field of expression creation stop by to see how she was progressing.

The 2 experts graciously offer Mikatan helpful advice and interesting tools which aid her in proceeding forward with completing her Miku nendoroid eye border.

Click here for Painting Eye Borders Continues

Posted on: April 11, 2013

GSC Painting a Nendoroid Expression: The Eye Border

Nendoroid Expression Eye Border by Mikatan

Nendoroid Expression Eye Border by Mikatan

Mikatan, at Good Smile Company, continues on her journey of painting a Miku Nendoroid expression.

In this second installment, she works on painting the border around Miku's eyes.

She's utilizing a thin brush tip, paint, enamel thinner and a steady hand.

Mikatan hasn't even gotten to all the painting yet and I'm simply blown away by the amount of skill & time needed to create our beloved figures.

Kudos to Mikatan for taken on this challenge and letting all of us fans see what it takes to create a beautiful Nendoroid expression like Miku.

Click here to view Mikatan’s article Painting the Eye Border.

Posted on: April 4, 2013

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