This figure also won 3rd place at e2046 Winter Contest 2007.
Ruri Hoshino hit again here at Midnight-Partners. I was very very pleased when the same American client that had commissioned me the first Ruri Hoshino (Miko) call me again with yet another interesting challenge for another Ruri Hoshino. This time besides the high painting standards he usually expect from me he also wanted me to turn this Ruri dressed in a Yukata (a summer kimono) into a full kimono dressed Ruri. Besides this great modeling challenge he also requested that the design which decorated the kimono and which was also engraved in the resin be totally canceled so as to paint his own design. Needless to say this was going to be a great challenge. After countless e-mails and hours of study on kimonos in which we decide on every aspect of the conversion and the painting here you can see the result.
Cleaning: As usual first
of all I started with cleaning all the original parts. Overall the cleaning
was not that difficult. The cast is an original one so cleaning up was
not that difficult. The only difficulty was the cleaning away of the
engraved kimono design. All engraving lines where filled with putty
and sanded down to total smoothness. A process which too quite a long
Pre-Assembly: None of the original parts where pre-assembled.
Mods: To turn the Yukata in a proper kimono there where many modification which needed to be sculpted with the original figure. Here is a numbered list of modes which you can see better on the photo below which is numbered.
1.This was an optional but the client requested the hair ribbons to have a butterfly knot so I had to sculpt them from scratch.
2. what is a kimono without a fan (uchiwa) I scratched build the one you see.
3. I also decided to give more volume to the back obi ribbon so I added it by sculpting on the original ribbon.
4. The cherry tree, flower and petal kimono design see specials.
5. The obi itself was given a middle string which keeps it in position with a butterfly knot at the canter. This was sculpted too.An under kimono (shirt) had to be sculpted both above and under the obi.
6. The little hand bag which Japanese girls dressed in kimono always carry.
7. The blue to purple fade at the kimono ends.
8.We also decide to give Ruri which was bare footed a pair of traditional sandals which looked more proper to an official kimono.
9. Finally the base representing the edge between a Japanese house and it garden.
Painting: The painting for
this Ruri resulted in a real challenge which took months in the making
and which is really hard to put in words. Let's start from the simple
things. For the flash it was business as usual. More for the fact that
this figure had no that much flash exposed. After that I made the hair
which was a bit tricky to achieve good shades and highlights. Next all
the purple parts where made. For the obi I painted a sakura petal motif
to keep up with the rest of the design. The sandals where given a black
to red fade as requested.
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