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Daring Do Cutie Mark by OtakuSquirrel Daring Do Cutie Mark by OtakuSquirrel
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I painted up Daring's cutie-mark! Yay! I was dreading that the most of everything I had left to do...

I got her left side oriented exactly how I wanted it, but her right side is a tad off kilter-- I guess that's what happens when you get too focused in on the tiny details.
But, it's more-or-less a mute point anyway! As soon as I get her wings painted and ready, those pretty little cutie-marks are going to basically get 99% covered up! Yup, I'm a stickler for the details... even when they're going to have wings over them. =)
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PinkiePieLover33 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
How did you do the cutie marks? I'm gonna try doing custom pony, and I'm needing to know how to make a good looking cutie mark. Thanks in advance!
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A really small paint brush and a willingness to spend a lot of time on it.  ;)
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Eco-Strata Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Are you going to paint her eyes pink too?
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I was going to do it last night, but ended up watching a movie instead. I'll get to them in the next few days.
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Eco-Strata Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Okie dokie lokie.
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dustysculptures Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, wow. The fact that you've been building and painting models for decades really does explain alot about how you've come to sculpt and paint these ponies so well ^^ The ease and ingenuity really does show up in your work. I've only really started since like last July, my painting skills are garbage and it really shows.
I hope to one day get as good as you one day. Keep doing what you do best :D
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, this is the first time I've ever tried sculpting... but I guess having the experience doing hobby stuff in general does help with that.
I find the best thing to do when I get stuck or have problems with something is to browse the internet for useful info and ask friends with experience in those areas (having a friend that does molding/casting has really helped)
So keep doing your best also-- the best way to learn is to practice practice practice... =)
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frenchifries Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist
"I got her left side oriented exactly how I wanted it, but her left side is a tad off kilter"

Lolwut?
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oops. I should probably fix that. The brain gets addled after painting cutie-marks for a couple of hours. ;)
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frenchifries Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist
Teehee :giggle:
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PrettyKitty Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice detail work. :)
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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PartyCannon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I already made a joke about the bald CMC's, but the way you set up this photo makes it look like she was captured by the pygmy natives of some remote jungle.

Also, awesome cutie mark!
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LOL! I set the fillies up like that because several of you made comments about them being bald-- so I made sure all three of them were in the shot this time. ;)

Too bad I don't know where my old Castle Legos are-- I could break out spears for all of them!
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PartyCannon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
If you did that, I'd just lose it. Hilarious!
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splashysden Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hoh mahgawd. it's glorious.
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
=D Thanks! Two wings and her eyes to go and she'll be finished!
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BlackWidower Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Writer
Very well done. It looks like it was printed on at the factory.
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I wouldn't go that far though... If I had a better camera, I guarantee that you wouldn't be saying that! ;)
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AurePeri Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
how much do i have to pay to get Daring Do? (specifically that one or one thats completed)
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Honestly, I have no idea yet. My Daring Do isn't for sale, and my brother takes the commissions for finished ponies using my kits... and the labor on this bad-girl is honestly pretty intensive.
I've made him up a set of pieces so he can give her a try, and we'll set the price accordingly only after he's had a chance to finish one... but my guess is that a finished Daring Do will be at least $200.
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AurePeri Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wallet, damn you, why you always empty....
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's their nature... they eat our money while we sleep. ;)
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Sibsy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I thought you were using some sort of stick on decal thing for that....

HAND PAINTED?!
you are mad, man. MAD.
MAD SKILLS!!!
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LOL! Of course they're hand painted. I wouldn't mind having decals to use-- but honestly, they tend to fall off after a while.

And it's not mad skills... I'm just a bit mad. Kind-of like that hatter fellow. ;)
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Sibsy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
well it takes some sort of "mad" to do it that amazing!
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TeenBulma Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty excited! Loving this so far! Our walmart had ponies so we got an Applejack just for this, plus a pinkie pie so maybe I can get a Pinkamena kit too. X3
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yay! I better check to see what condition my Rainbow Dash molds are in pretty quick-- I have a feeling that they are going to be needed... ;)
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AtomicBrony Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Are the eyes going to be painted, or are you going to transfer RD's stickers?
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've already have the paints to redo her eye-color sitting on my table-- but I'm going to give my eyes and big fat paws a rest after that grueling endeavor.
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AtomicBrony Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Don't blame you.
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Dragnmastralex Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
looks very cool. future reference since you work with acrylics and the pony is plastic you can do just like tattoo artist do and use a number 2 pencil to draw a basic shape of a cutie mark in the right position to get the size and orientation just right balanced on both sides before you paint them, if you make a mistake with a pencil it is very easy to rub off, and when you do paint them the pencil marks will be covered up. It's important to use a number 2 pencil NOT mechanical because mechanical pencil will blend with the paint or bleed through the paints while a real number 2 pencil gets fully covered up.
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The graphite still bleeds through... I've been building models for decades and painting miniatures for about half of that... My first job was in a hobby store. It's a decent tip for a beginner-- but as I said, they're getting covered up as soon as the wings go on-- it was more an exercise in seeing what I could do than anything else.
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Dragnmastralex Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
weird your pencils must have been the cheap things or I may have had charcoal pencils or something cause mine never bleed and I always paint on the missing cutie marks on the ponies when I get them.

I'm sure that not all of the cutie mark will be covered by the wings and you'll be able to see how the one is turned on that left flank.
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
my preference is to actually cut in the outline with an x-acto knife... it gives a tiny bit of an edge to work with and I've found that I've got a lot more control with the tip of a knife than the paint-brush... I don't know if I was using bad pencils or not (professional drafting pencils) but overall, I've had poor experiences using pencils in the past... graphite is graphite-- and getting any of that on a painted surface or textured surface just asked for trouble... *shrug*
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RainboomBrony Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
How did you do that?!
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well... I used a really fine paint brush, 5 different paints (Roayl Gold, White, Yellow, English Ivy Green and Wedgewood Green...) and gave up about 2 hours of my life to make it happen... ;)
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY CRAP!!!! :wow: That is spot on! What kind of brush did you use?!
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ummm... small? It was listed as a "liner"... so yeah, it was meant for painting fine lines. =)
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I gotta get one of those!
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OtakuSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I bought it in one of those 4-or-5 multi-brush sets for $4.99 that they have at Michael's... I've picked up several of them now... I basically grabbed the one with the smaller brush. ;)
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. Better get some soon...
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Blayaden Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use them for fine details on my Gundam models. BEST MONEY SPENT!
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So it is a paint brush or is it a special marker?
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Blayaden Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its a VERY fine tipped paint brush. I usually work with a magnifying glass to aid my strokes.
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, that must be tough!
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Blayaden Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A steady hand helps. And practice.
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