Deceased flesh and mummified corpses

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cristobal

Active Member
Hello ,
I am from Spain , an afficionate propmaker.
I need some help from specialists to make a realistic deceased skin texture as mummies.
I am planning to make a fairy mummy , and I have finished main sculpt.I´ve used supersculpey with armature wire.I am now covering it with thin layers of tissue to make wrinkles and add surface texture.
Question is : what will you use to paint it ?
An acrilic paint should be sufficient? Will you use some powder to cover in some points to make the look of acient dry skin?How will you fix it?
Main problem I found is some brightness due to fixative or acrilic paints.Any idea?
Thanks in advance!
This was my first attempt:

 

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Jayn

Sr Member
Cool idea!
Maybe flat model/hobby/railroad paints? those are the most matte finish colors that I know of. The best I've used have been solvent-based, but I don't know how that would react with sculpy though.
 

rollerboi

Sr Member
Hm, the wings look a little.. solid. Try taking some garlic skin and playing with it, you might like the translucent and fragile look better.
 

dropshipbob

Sr Member
I've seen people use tissue paper covered with school glue to make dried skin. Just apply it to the sirface of your object. move it around here and there and wrinkes will appear in the tissue. When it dries, the glue will keep all of the wrinkles in place. Also, you can try using liquid latex. Apply a thin coat to your surface and when it dries, lightly rub your finger across it. It will gather together in random places along with rips and tears, which should look something like old, dried skin.

I'd suggest practicing these techniques on something before you try it on your main object.
 

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Howlrunner

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Agreed.

As for paint, I'd use enamels or acrylics. Paint your base coat on first, then dry-brush on different shades to highlight.
 

cristobal

Active Member
Thanks for tips.
This was the first one.
Today I started to paint another one.
What I did this time is no to prime all surface as I did in the one posted here.It makes to loose base flesh colour and tonal variations that tissue glued makes to the surface.
I used washes of brown inks and some dry brush in zones. The result is better . It really looks like leather ... I want to finish it and I will post it here.
For sure best technic is tissue paper ... something really easy but needed to be said.
Thanks!
 

cristobal

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Ok , here it is the result using tissue and glue. I combined layers of tissue and wallnut crystal solution ... This works very well. I think the main problem on previous one was the priming paint used before painting. It makes impossible to get the variations of ink washes runing through tissue givin a natural texture.
Thanks for help!
Now I am working in the body and wings to complete it.
 

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jaakub

Well-Known Member
Hey
That looks awesome. The mouth area on that looks fantastic. How did you do the teeth area on it? Looks great. Keep up the great work on it.
Jim
 

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OdiWan72

Master Member
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VERY cool and that glass display gives it a classy look´n´feel.
I´d dirty up the teeth a bit, but otherwise call it DONE after adding the wings

Markus
 

cristobal

Active Member
Hey
That looks awesome. The mouth area on that looks fantastic. How did you do the teeth area on it? Looks great. Keep up the great work on it.
Jim
I guess you are asking for teeth material . It is translucent sculpey.

@OdiWan72 : I am thinking about aging teeth a bit , but I am no sure yet.Maybe a little yellowish will improve the result but once it is done it is very difficult to get them white back.

Thanks for viewing and posting!
 

PotionMistress

Sr Member
This looks fantastic!

One tip for extra effect if you're interested is you could try daubing small, wispy hairs in glue and adding very minuscule amounts around the head, as if there is some scalp left. Natural wool roving works great; it comes in all colors, its cheap and can easily be found on eBay or weaving sites. It's easy to work with also. Once glue is dried, you can gently thin by pulling bits out if you want less there.
 

cristobal

Active Member
This looks fantastic!

One tip for extra effect if you're interested is you could try daubing small, wispy hairs in glue and adding very minuscule amounts around the head, as if there is some scalp left. Natural wool roving works great; it comes in all colors, its cheap and can easily be found on eBay or weaving sites. It's easy to work with also. Once glue is dried, you can gently thin by pulling bits out if you want less there.
I have done some other sculpts with hair using wool very fine.They look very natural once attached .I´ll try in the next corpse ( this one is going to be bald ) .Now I am thinking about wings, how to do it and make it like a continuation of the body but with transparency or translucent in some places.Guess plastic bag with armature wire and textured with tissue in points will work...
 

Psycho Sideshow

New Member
I've used a thin coat of rubber cement before on similar projects. Mostly after the paint job because it drys clear and peels off in little bits to create loose skin effects.
 

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