Undead Doughnut Painting Process part. 1

Happy Halloween Mini Zombie Doughnut Lovers!

Today i’m blogging a bit about the process of painting my cast Undead Doughnuts. This will be a 3 part series, and I hope you like it. In case you missed it there is an earlier post about the sculpting process, from clay (super sculpey) to final resin castings. Today I want to dive into paint. Lets go!

Mini Undead Doughnut Painting Process:

1. For a little behind the scenes on this new Mini-Doughnut, we have an early pic from the sculpting stage. This shows the size compared to a life size doughnut. Notice that this doughnut is already baked before I apply a layer of sculpey frosting. This helps to let the fake frosting look more natural as I drape it over the hard doughnut.
2. This is the final sculpey sculpture before I hand it over to the casting studio. This is fully baked. Note: A happy accident happened. I WAAAAY overbaked this little guy and the sculpey blistered. Rather than ruin the sculpt… it made it look AWESOME!

3. This is the first cast from the mold in un-tinted white resin. Here is where the fun paint starts.
4. I take a digital pic of the plain white casts and colorize them in photoshop. This allows me to play with and pre-visualize the colors before I ever open a tube of paint. I upload this photo-shopped image to Facebook and ask friends and fans what color combos they like best. It’s fun, and I also add custom names.

  1. A. Chocolate Cadaver
  2. B. Lifeless Lavender
  3. C. Putrid Pumpkin
  4. D. Gooey Green

5. Paint mixing: I use acrylic paints thinned down to a buttery consistency. Each color gets it’s own small paint container. These small containers can be bought at a craft store for a few bucks per dozen. They are very handy! You can never have too many of these. I keep a small spray bottle close by and spritz a little water in each as I go to keep the paints moist. If I know I am not going to paint for a day or two, I’ll add a little more water to each container, this keeps the colors fresh for days.

Using the digitally colored image from step 4, I keep it on my iphone as reference, and lok at it constantly while I mix the real paint. Once I have all the colors mixed, it’s time for the real paint tests…

6. Airbrush time! Here we have the first four resin sculpts. These are the test-subjects. They may or may not survive! They will be sacrificed to arrive at the final mixed colors for the entire run of Mini Doughnuts. What I am doing here is looking at each one and seeing how all four look together as a set. I will tweak and remix a color if it doesn’t quiet “fit in” with the others.

I use airbrush to color the frosting. The flesh and doughnut itself will be painted by hand. Airbrush allows for a vary smooth paint layer, which works well for shiny frosting. Hand brushed work looks good for the more doughy / bread feel of the base doughnut and zombie flesh.

That’s it for Part one. Next time I will cover the hand painted zombie flesh and gooey washes.
Thanks for stopping by!

~ Sumrow


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  1. Windy Stroud

    Thanks for sharing John! Nice to see how my un-dead baby is coming along. ;D

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