This week I completed the Ellen Stone, Cowgirl figure as I begin working on the Chronoscope set. This figure is notorious for it’s missing nose (another Bones I casting error), and I know some folks have painted the figure like an alien for space-cowboy settings because of its almost snake-like facial appearance. I, however, wanted to see if with generous shadow and highlight, could get her looking more normal in her face, and so decided to paint her like a normal woman.
As I studied how I wanted to paint her, the fact that she wasn’t wearing anything under her shirt was obviously apparent. I thought about painting the shirt white, and as I thought this it occurred to me that it might be neat opportunity to try and attempt a level of translucency to the shirt, as might occur with a thin white cotton shirt.
I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying. I then glued the figure to a 1" black-primed fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and glued the washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer’s White Glue.
I began by painting her hands, face, and entire torso with Americana “Shading Flesh”. I then painted her shirt with Americana “Dove Grey”. When this was dry, I went back and gave the shirt a wash with some of the “Shading Flesh” heavily thinned with water. This caused it to flow into the creases that would be laying closer to her skin. I then mixed a little of the “Dove Grey” and “Shading Flesh” together and painted the shirt where it lay directly on her breasts. I then took some of the “Dove Grey” and retouched up all the raised creases in her shirt, and where the placket ran down each side of the front.
Next, I painted the pants with Crafters Acrylic “Navy Blue” and then her chaps with Accent “Mustard Seed”. I then painted her duster with Americana “Khaki Tan”. I worked on her hair next, painting that Apple Barrel “Burnt Sienna”. Then I did her gun stock and grips with Crafters Edition Spice Brown. Her belt and shoes I painted Americana “Asphaltum”, and her holsters Crafters Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”. I painted her neckerchief with Folk Art “Deep Tomato Red”
When all the paint had time to dry, I gave the figure a wash with Winsor Newton “Peat Brown” ink using a wet brush, being very careful to not let any get on the white shirt.