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Offline SparkleSkye

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Paralyzed By Fear
« on: June 10, 2018, 03:16:22 PM »
I am very very new to customs, about all I've done is prepare bait and rehair one G4. I also don't have much artistic talent in general. I want to customize, and I have all the supplies I need to do it, but I am frozen in terror at the thought of messing up a custom and that fear has kept me from even attempting a face up.
Does anyone else suffer from this fear of failure? Or have any tips on mitigating customizing disasters when they do happen?
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Re: Paralyzed By Fear
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2018, 03:57:48 PM »
Well I have a bait for 3/4 years now and I don't know what to do with it, every thing I tried until now just fails so I leave it be somewhere in the house until I find the motivation and material to do something with it.
It's not that I'm afraid, I'm just disappointed it doesn't work like I want it to. So yeah, at the moment, it's covered in crackly paint with a sticky layer of paint finish for months.... I just want to blast it with a high-pressure water pistol and try again.

So, yeah, just do it and if it fails, have a cool down so you can tackle it better with a calm mind. No one gets @DarkHorse's level without many trials and errors. Look for tutorials on the internet so you can have an idea of what to do and then roll with it.

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Re: Paralyzed By Fear
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2018, 04:34:58 PM »
Grab a fakie and start experimenting! That way you don't need to fear messing up - it's not like you can totally destroy the pony or anything by just painting and rehairing. :) (Now, ovens and such are a different thing. :lol: )

Practicing eyes and other detail work is easier if you haven't painted the pony, if you are unhappy just wipe it off with acetone and try again. And eyes are hard. I usually manage to paint one just fine, but the other side always gives me problems, probably because I can't rest the side of my hand on the head the way it feels most natural. But it will get easier with practice.

My most important advice is to customise for yourself. Choose a design you like, and make the custom for your personal collection. You can always start making customs for others later as you build confidence, if that is your goal. But even then, I recommend sticking to designs that are appealing to you. It's much more difficult to get satisfying results if you're not excited about the design.

Like RoseNoire said, it takes practice. Good quality supplies help, but still, it will likely take you many years to perfect your techniques, especially when it comes to painting (and sculpting, if you're interested in that). But you can't begin to improve until you've started. ;) Try to focus on the process and just have fun, that will show in the end results.

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Re: Paralyzed By Fear
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2018, 10:25:26 PM »
I would say the best thing to do is to start with a design in mind. And, like Griffin said, make your first few customs designs that -you- want to make, for your own collection. That being said:

-Take it slow. Not so slow that you leave a WIP sitting for months (which I am guilty of, though in my defense I have gone back to school ;) ), buy slow enough that you don'tr have to worry about the next layer of paint effecting the one under it.

-Start with a plan in mind. Even if it's making a G4 design into a G3 or a G1, just something to get you started. Working from an image already chosen will help.

-Don't panic! If you do make a mistake, no matter where you are in the process, acetone will help clear it up. Remember, the only thing you don't want with acetone is it to be on your hands; cotton balls for big fixes, q-tips for medium ones, makeup q-tips (which are maybe 1/5 the size of a regular cotton swab) for small ones/eyes/eyelashes.

-Recognize when you're getting frustrated. If you find yourself redoing an area more than you want, and you're becomming irritated with yourself because of it, then it's time to set the project down and walk away for a bit. Take a 15-minute break and come back, have a snack (you may not notice you're hungry if you've been working for awhile), or play a game on your phone for a bit; something to change directions for a little. Just make sure you clean up and cap paints before you walk away, in case the 15-minute break turns into a few hours or more. ;)

-Brush size matters. A lot. I have found myself buying the smallest brushes I can for eyelashes - and then I trim some of the bristles off to make it even smaller. If you keep finding the area you're painting is always turning out thicker than you wanted, you may need to switch brushes.

-Glitter always looks better with a matching coat of pain under it. Doesn't have to be a perfect match, just needs to hide any body color so you're not piling on gobs of glitter to hide it. Same goes for fun flocking and similar things.

I hope this helps a least a little! I look forward to seeing what you come up with! :D
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Re: Paralyzed By Fear
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2018, 01:08:53 AM »
Maybe try sketching the details with a pencil before painting them? I know with anything I find using paint and ink more stressful than pencil so maybe if you give yourself an easier to erase guideline first it would help. With eyes you have to do multiple coats, so just draw the next part you're going to work on
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Re: Paralyzed By Fear
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2018, 04:20:35 AM »
I started in the same boat, and it looks like you've gotten some great advise so far. I just wanted to encourage that the good news that that we can unlearn our fears. But, the bad news is that we have to "fail" along the way. But I wouldn't change any of my customizing/art failures; they were actually lessons in disguise, and I've grown from them. Try with something you are motivated to do and then notice what success and lessons you get from your art experiment.
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