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Face-up : TUTORIAL by tr3is Face-up : TUTORIAL by tr3is
*** : CAUTION : ***
Please note in the first place that you should PROTECT YOURSELVES from using all mediums, especially for ones having problem(s) with Respiratory system, Hormone system, or other sensitive diseases, as many mediums involved in face-up progress HARMS, from dust allergy to chemical absorption.

(Fully wearing protection equipments makes you looking similar to Darth Vader, Gundum Pilot, WW soldiers in the battle of toxic gas but those equipments help saving your life and the rest.)


*Spraying any aerosol spray and using thinner MUST BE USED IN EXCELLENT VENTILATION AREA.
*Most aerosol spray, including MSC, will keep on releasing its volatile component for at least 24 hours after applying. I recommend not to bring sprayed piece(s) into closed ventilation space where you're going to spend a period in (including air-con room) within 24 hours or longer after spraying, upon the weather condition. It dried, but not yet stop releasing the volatile.
*As above, doing face-up in closed space (like air-con room or too small window room) is strongly not recommended.
*Avoid touching any chemical medium directly.



Well, I don't think I would take this long to do a face-up tutorial. (I've spent about 3 and a half months!) May be because of many interruption came. (one of them is VISA documents, tons of!)

Anyway, it's finally finished... but wait, not yet complete all every technique I'd like to share.
There's another 2 pieces I have to add. One is 'Other Techniques' (Solving MSC white coat & Tracing old face features) and another one is 'Tools & Materials Precaution'. These two will be added later. ^_^

Please do not hesitate to leave me your question in the comment if you have. I will be welcome to reply if I could. ^_^

PS. Very large deviation, sorry~!

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Bioluminescence12 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are soft pastels the same as chalk pastels?
PrinceErze Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing!!!! This really helps me alot :)
JitterBugLovlie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
One of the best face-up tutorials I've found. Thank you for sharing :)
TROgirl Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, wonderful tutorial :) I have a question though, (well, maybe two): What brand of artist soft pastels do you use? What do you think is the cheapest brand that still provides a nice look for the doll? (ok, three) What would you say should one expect to pay in order to gather the supplies necessary for the first time? 
Thanks, and again, great tutorial, beautiful job :meow:
hperoxide Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student General Artist
great work! 
have one question, which eyelashes glue are you using?
MandayisRunner4life Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi just a quick question, is MSC the Mr. Super Clear? Thanks!
cookiqueen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
which kind of filters do u recommend?
dannnzee Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It would help me personally a lot .. But i cant read the lines on your tutorial .. 😢😢😢
SweetYalady Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is of great help! :) Thank you for doing it!
ShyForrest Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very helpful tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing this!
PinkManticore Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for making this easy to understand tutorial. Im getting my first bjd soon and i have to do a face up on him. Ive had experience with other resins but not a bjd. So thanks so much:hug:
Makoto17 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For the lips cracks, bottom eyelashes and eyebrows, do you draw them using acrylics or pastels?
Jany1982 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Thanks a lot for this! I've been doing my own faceups for a while but I can learn a lot from you <3
Kori-Kisai Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm using this tutorial to attempt my first face up and I was just wondering, what type of acrylic gloss do you use? Is it just a spray? :)
ariakitty Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for this great tutorial. :3 It's super helpful!
NikaTallen Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic tutorial. It helped a lot. I thought I would never be able to do a face up like that.
I just got done with my doll. [link]
joellekarma Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love your tutorial. I just got my doll Friday well I chipped his face like an idiot. I removed all the face up it took forever but I got clean as new. Is Mr. Super Clean lacquer clear coat pant?
Adsiltia Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
This Tutorial is great! *___* Thank you for uploading it.
Your FU loks awesome!~ 
And I have a question.
So I have allergis asthma.
Des this mean I should not make a Face Up, even if I'm doing it outside with respiratory-protection?
Black-Spandex Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I can't thank you enough for this.
I got my doll recently and I couldn't afford the faceup from the company. I've felt extremely guilty for a very long time and have wanted to help him become as beautiful as I think he is already. This covers everything I'm going to need to know and I'm so thankful. My baby thanks you too :)!
HaraKiri523 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpful, thanks!
DawningRose Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Photographer
Wow this is brilliant, best tutorial I've read. I'm hoping to do my dolls face up soon so I'll need all the help I can get!

Thank you for the great tutorial!
TinyFurrTails Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm getting my first BJD soon and my teacher is actually going to teach me to do her face up! this will be a HUGE resource for us!! :)
megamidodaisuki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Artist
thank you very much!!!
Miss-Jack Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Very nice tutorial! I'm going to be trying my first face up soon. This is extremely helpful :)
emoyaoi19 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
A very detailed and comprehensive tutorial, and I love the trick with the eyelashes!
Lilytaken Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is one of the most detailed tutorials I've seen. Awesome.
delicious-factory Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
Nice work!!!
u-m-u Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
BeanSproutMomo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great guide!
thank you for the help!
OkapiShomapi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
This is amazing.
Kaptin-Kudzu Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
This is a really good tutorial!!! I'll definatly keep this in mind when I'm giving my doll a face up :D
Yupi06 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
thank you for this tuto!!!!
Yuna264 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What a handsome young man you have there!
This was very helpful, thank you ~ <3
.. but may I ask, is it true that you can soak the head in warm, soapy water without damaging the resin?
Ginechan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thank you so much for doing this!
MrSpiderlegs Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Thank you for making this tutorial! Adding the names of the tools you use is very helpful! (now I know what sort of things to buy!)
theimstudio Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Wow!! What a big help since I'm newbie with BJD!! Thanx' a lot!!
k8onyx Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
question!!: Is it ok to layer a new face up over the old one? And can i use fake lashes for the lower lashes instead of painting them on?
sophitue Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
darknaito Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nice tutorial, can helping me to face up my BJD
James-Li Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to start giving my Doll a face (finally) but I am sitting here beeing afraid ^^; great, that does not help. But your Tutorial does a lot ^^. Maybe I can get a grip of myself today soon!
Thank you for it ^^
tr3is Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
You are welcome~! ^_^
I am so glad that my tutorial has cheering you up! Don't forget to share us your finish work~!
James-Li Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, here is my first try...not really to compare with yours oO:

Thanks for yournice words ^^
SAP-DONO Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for the tut. its pretty good. ^_^
tr3is Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Welcome~ ^_^
YotsubaClover Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is such a lovely tutorial. Thank you so much for posting it. :D
tr3is Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
You are welcome~! ^_^
circle10 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Great work and awesome tutorial!!
What can I do when apply the pastels and my brush scatters the powder from them all over the face? :(
tr3is Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Thank you! ^_^

Well, the best method is to blow them out. Yes, blowing. You can use something like blower in camera cleaning kit or something similar. If the exceed pastel dust still on the face, try using big soft brush (like mob brush) very, very lightly swap them away.

The tips *bishiecake recommended are very useful indeed. I would like to add that if you are working on light colour, that would be easier to get rid of this problem without getting dirty too easily, but if you are working on darker colour, I recommend you to be calm and apply slowly a small amount of pastel each time. Slowly add a little more until you reach the density you would like. ^_^
bishiecake Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
just blow on it, works for me : D

here are some tips:
- tap the brush so the extra pastel falls off. less will fall onto the face that way
- use a really soft pastel + soft brushes, that way you can use pastel right from the brush and minimize waste
- if pastel falls on the face, and I blow it off too much, the face starts to look dirty, etc. so keep this in mind.
- make sure your hands are very clean, wash them right away if you get any pastel on them.

hope this helps you and anyone who reads this >w<

xhellodecemberx Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Great tutorial! So perfect (: The face-ups on eluts are pricey, but I think I'll be getting my first BJD if I can raise up enough money in time (: (the one I want it only 240 and absolutely gorgeous, but it's only on sale until the 6th of April! :S )
I'll definitely use this if I manage to get him! (:
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