Last night, I went forth into the breach, the challenge that I'd secretly dreaded: painting their faces. I knew that in the past I'd always depicted the Monster as green-faced, as he appeared in the Karloff color home movies. Of course, the green face has sort of become canon, even though it MAKES NO SENSE. Anyways, I know that the reason his face was green was just so that it would film the correct value in black and white. Like George Reeves's early Superman suit, it wasn't really meant to be those colors; it was just so that it would look in black and white as they thought it would be in color, if that makes sense.
Well, I decided to think about how these two would really appear if they were indeed dead bodies that had been re-animated. They would have damaged circulation, and little touch of putrification, and a little added touch of grossness. I wanted a paint scheme that you could practically smell. I ended up mixing white, a hydrangea blue, red, yellow ochre, and a little voilet color. The end result was a truly gross rainbow of hues, all of them looking cold and discordant.
I applied the paint in blotches, so that the faces had a patchwork look to them, as if there was something unpleasant and chaotic going on under their skin. I applied the same idea to Frank's arms, and loved how the blackened blotches give the indication of rotten flesh. I still need to paint his fingernails black, though.
I would probably be done now, if not for an unfortunate development. I was experimenting with different glazes and things, trying to achieve a look for his clothing. I was happy with it, and decided to spray some dull cote to flatten everything down. Well, I found out that no matter what I did, he would not go to a matte finish. He was glossy. I tried everything: brush-on dull cote, even rubbing steel wool all over it to rough up the finish. But no. I knew it was over; I'd had this happen before with my Aurora Frankenstein kit. As a matter of fact, that kit still sits on the shelf, glossy and annoying, a reminder. I decided that I would not settle for that this time.
So,... I submerged his entire body in a bath of engine degreaser. The last time I checked, it had eaten down to the primer layer, so it's almost done. It's really sad to have to go back to square one with him, but in the end, I'm the one who'll have to live with the final results forever, so there might as well be no regrets!
|I strove for a dead, poor-circulation look.|
|I'm really happy with the dead limb look, as opposed to the good ol' Greenie look.|
|I made sure to not have their faces be one hue. There's a nice blotchiness that hints at decay. Nevertheless, her lipstick is just right.|
|I included this pic because it more accurately shows how the paintjob really looks. Doesn't that one arm look nasty?|
|..and for now, she's stood up. The Big Guy has run into some, uh, "challenges."|