|Study For Little Match Girl|
|The first "Pop Art" I ever saw|
|Possible streaky technique I'll use for the hair in the final version|
This first attempt turned out okay. I found a tube of really nice iridescent white for the face. But I applied it somewhat unevenly and I had to patch up certain areas when I hand-smudged some red! The lines aren't as crisp as I'd like — because of the CRAPPY MASKING TAPE — and I'll have to get new brushes too. But aside from that, I think it looks okay for a first attempt. Next time I'll try a streaky technique on the hair for a more textured look. Won't go as dark as that test though.
And now for the masking tape story...
I mentioned a few posts ago that I was looking for some fancy masking tape — 3M 471 Plastic Tape — that people use to air-brush flames and skulls on car bodies and motor cycles. The kind that works well on curves. They don't sell it in Perth so I went on eBay and Amazon.com first and found it. $9.47 + $59.74 SHIPPING!!!!! OMFG!!!! I just CANNOT understand how they get to $59.74 just for shipping!!! Do they have to put a roll of tape in a reinforced steel box filled with magical futuristic packing liquid??? And then I tried looking interstate.
After 2 days of extensive Googling, I managed to find a place in WA that sells the kind of tape I'm after. I came across it quite by accident when I was looking for air-brushing accessory shops over east. The tape they sell isn't the exact brand I want but it is for air-brushing and looks like it'll do the job. When I looked up the location of the shop and saw it was in Midvale — near Midland — I was actually quite surprised. But I knew there were plenty of bogans in WA who'd want skulls and flames painted on the side of their utes/hot rods/choppers and someone has to supply the painters with that fancy tape right?
So then I did a map search and saw a street view of the place... The shop itself is in one of those creepy-looking industrial areas full of warehouses — perfect for a body-dump scene in Dexter or something. But I'm willing to go to Body-dump-vale to fetch this tape. Yes, well, if you don't hear from me in a while you'll know where to look...