So I did a brown wash of FolkArt Teddy Bear Brown on key spots. Did a little Coffee Bean and Van Dyke Brown to get some separation. Also added this to the claws a little too to give it a more bone look.
Also decided it was time to get Teddy on some pins before I started doing the detailed work. I didn't want to do this earlier as Teddy is a heavy mini and needed as much support as possible. But I couldn't delay it forever. Otherwise I'd be putting my hands all over key details I might not be able to recreate. This part went smoothly.
Next up - make the plate look a little more like a plate rather than two concentric circles with a face. I could have gone for the "admiral dinner plate" look. But I decided on a more classic plate reference. Reaper's Power Palate tool is a god send. I've learned a lot about shading and tones in ways I never could see on my own.
Reaper's suggestion was their Ghost White on one side, Leather White on the other with Pure White for the highligts. I used an icy blue, FolkArt Dove Grey and Folk Art Titanium White. I also didn't get rid of the middle blue ring. Since I used glazes, it's there very subtly. It's still a little too blue for my tastes though.
I gave the outer ring a thin line of pure black for separation. That's where the trouble started. The letters started getting in the way a little. And the "T" in plate was just weird looking. The cross was too slanted. And the "E" was missing some definition.
So I fixed it... with the wrong font color. I used a darker brown (Coffee Bean) by accident. I forgot I had the font in the same color as the wash on the fur (Teddy Bear Brown). So I glazed the "E" with a little white to fix it. Then I trimmed back the cross in "T". But it was on top of the "E". So I whited out portions of the and redrew, but now the spacing is all off.
At some point, you have to realize you are your own worst enemy. So I stepped away to eat something and came back to fixing the font. A little TB Brown to fix the cross in the "T"... A little white between the "U" and "B"... And I felt it was a lot better.
Left Teddy for the day to experiment on blood a little (more on that later). Came back next day to tighten a few other details, namely:
- Glaze of FolkArt Dove White to get more white plate than blue plate
- Some more dark wash around the eyes to make the crazy pop more
- Some yellowish color at the base of each tooth so they look more realistic (FolkArt Cappuccino)