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Then and Now by asainemuri Then and Now by asainemuri
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My first attempt at a face-up vs. my most current face-ups.

Looking at the photo from '08 is so damn funny to me...LOL. God. Not only could I not do a face-up, but apparently I couldn't style a wig either...or take a decent photo that wasn't completely awkward and blown out. -w-;

So you see, guys...We pretty much ALL start out this way. No matter how snooty and/or pretentious some of the people in this hobby get. :roll:

A lot of people send me messages asking about tips on doing face-ups, and the best tip I can give anyone who wants to do their own face-up is to PRACTICE as often as you can. We all basically suck in the beginning, but don't give up just because you can't get those lines right or you smudge something. Just wipe it and start over! I'm never 100% content with my own work, so even now my style is changing and improving. Thinking you're the very best just means you'll cease to ever get any better.

So be humble and keep learning and trying! :)


~Credits~
Idea: =cats10
Head on the right (Crobidoll Tei): Belongs to *kuroi-carousel
Face-ups/Aesthetics by: Me
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rosewarrior Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have ti say I love your work and  you are so right.  When I looked back at my start it was scary but , while I am not as far along as I wish to be, I am still practicing.  This is an awesome example of  what practice can do.
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :) Just keep at it!
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AshGUTZ Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012   Digital Artist
I thank you for posting this, especially with a tangible year. This gives me insight to the years of dedicated practice all art takes, you've reached some great standards and I know you will push yourself to be the best every new piece you do.
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for the thoughtful and lovely comment. :) You're too sweet! And I will certainly keep doing my best. :heart:
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Dark-Lady-Veerle Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Holy shit that's a huge difference. I need more practice heads T___T

My work still looks worse than your first one LOL. This makes me want to try painting more though. I think that if ever I did get good... I'd still want to send my babies to you <3 n.n
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Definitely keep painting! You'll get better with each try. n__n Aww, thank you, sweetie~ :heart:
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Makienzie Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I have a feeling that you improved XD
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
XD I should hope so!
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Makienzie Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
wahh! so I found the perfect body for Gabe. Im going to sell some dolls and get the body and send him/all my blank doll heads to you!
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Oh, wow! Awesome. *w* Just PM me whenever you're ready and we'll work something out. <3
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Makienzie Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
oki~ I'm so excited to finally be able to get him a faceup. I cant wait to make him pretty~

I think I finally got an idea for him, of course after seeing DOA Zombchan's Tosh. He is totally my doll bf XD
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littlemangademon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
look's awesome:icongreatjobplz:
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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littlemangademon Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome :hooray:
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In-Dreams-We-Lie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Just four years and such incredible improvement :love:
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Aw, thanks. >w< <3
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Resiniquity Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Awesome. I can't wait to have you do another face up for me.
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :) Looking forward to it~
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kuroi-carousel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I don't think the old face-up is that bad. lol X] Your recent works look absolutely stunning though!
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Haha, thank you, dear. XD
But...the old face-up...that's a lie. :iconitsalieplz:
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CiiMoore Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Words to live by! It really goes for anything. Though, even a first attempt is still wonderful. It's what kicked off your drive to continue and get better!

If we don't try, we never learn! And we can only really ever learn from making a couple mistakes, as long as you learn and strive to improve, you're good!

Time, patience and persistence! (and being able to take constructive criticism)

...and Damn I love the eyebrows you do. OuO<3
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! Haha, I don't think it's so great, but...at the time I remember being REALLY excited about it...and that's what counts. XD

That's very true. It's easy to get discouraged in this hobby, I think. People just need to focus on themselves and their own dolls and practicing what they want to accomplish. Nothing is impossible. :)

Haha! Thank you! Glad you like my browsss. :XD:
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CiiMoore Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
It's the same with any hobby really. I paint, draw, use charcoals, hand sew, knit, craft, do nail art...etc etc.

Each genre has it's beginners and elitists. It's a shame really. Artists' should be coming together to help one another, and help each other be the best that they can be.

It takes a lot of time and patience to achieve things, and to do things well. It doesn't happen over night. XP

Determination and a willingness to learn is all that it takes. Finding your own style is the hardest, I think.

You're welcome! :D I have a thing for eyebrows. xD
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manda-j-panda Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love seeing these! It's so fun to see how people have improved.
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Me too! It's really fun to see. :XD:
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YukiOokami Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
...................................wow. >__> I want to be that good. T___T That'll never happen. XDDD
I need to practice, but I have no patiennnnce anymooooore..... :/ I used to draw a picture everyday or every other day. Sometimes I would draw a few in one DAY. My old drawings suck when I look at them now, I haven't drawn in 3 years... bah....
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Awww. ;n; I'm trying really hard to practice patience lately. Actually, doing face-ups REALLY forced me to learn it...because the process of doing face-ups was sooo tedious at first for me. My eyes tweak out and my hands/body always aches so it wasn't the easiest thing in the world to do, LOL. I think if you really wanted to you could do it just fine! But it does take a lot of time and practice and...will power.

Ohh, yeah. I used to draw constantly as a kid. Stopped completely after my dad passed. Not sure why...I just didn't care about it anymore. But oddly, I draw a lot (mostly tattoo designs) these days. It's been pretty fun applying that somewhere else. :) Why did you stop drawing, hun?
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YukiOokami Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoops. XD I don't know why I stopped drawing. I think maybe the move over here kind of messed it up. My patience was gone because of so much stress over here, so it's just affecting my want to even try to make or draw anything. :/
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
You should find some time for yourself to draw, dear. :) It could be therapeutic for your stress!
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YukiOokami Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's true. I should try to get in the mood sometime. But then I'd have to figure out what to draw. :/
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YukiOokami Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ouch. My hand would hate it, but if I got good enough, I could make some extra bucks... which I need to afford dolls. =_=

Aww.. :( Angela and I are always talking about how you'll love our commissions. A lot of them are starting to get more tattoo designs. XD Her A&D is going to have an entire sleeve to look like Ville Valo's from the band HIM and you're going to be doing it. LOL. Plus, he'll probably have some other tattoos on his body, besides that. XDD
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
God, I was looking at his tattoo's the other day...I was like oh my fucking god, LOL...That sleeve is CRAZY...and awesome. You two are gonna put me to work with that one, LMAO. <3
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YukiOokami Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
LMFAO! <3
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JyurriSneffets Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wow..
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
:)
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ryutarou Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012   Photographer
I forever love your style. I only ever get compliments on my baby's faceups and I always make sure to gush about how fantastic and talented you are <3
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much. ;u; <333 You're TOO sweet!
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Shadowthorne Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
What a crazy difference! That's amazing and very inspiring~
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! I'm glad. :)
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Myriai Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's really awesome to see where people start. A lot of people forget that sometimes things takes lots of practice but they eventually become absolutely awesome ^_^
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
It's true! Practice, practice! :XD:
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MizukiYamato Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;o; omg kdjfhkdjfhskdjfhsdkhjfk incredible!!
your work has improved so much since then!!
>W< that's awesome, just goes to show that with some practice and patience we can get better
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this really encourages me to try and do my own face-up's
this is awesome and you're awesome!
thanks for sharing this with us!! :D

(though i have no idea how to style a wig either xD)
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much...;u; <3333

I'm happy it encourages you, dear! If you practice and have patience, you can do it, too!

LOL! Well...I think I'm better at styling wigs than I used to be. <_<; Atleast I hope so. :D
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MizukiYamato Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;V; YAYA!! you're welcome!
you're so awesome ;v;
ill do my best!! ;v; but now recently ive been debating with myself xD
i love your work but i also wan try doing a faceup so now im fighting with myself if i should get a face-up done by you or just try it my self ;n;
auuuuggggghhhhhhhh so difficult!!
and yes! you're awesome at styling wigs ;v;
so pitty
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Try both? :) Practice on him a bit, and you never know...it might look great! ;) If you don't like it you can always send it for a face-up. And in the meantime, you can buy a cheap head (or a damaged head) and practice on it? I have one lying around if you want to buy it off me sometime, lol. n_~
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MizukiYamato Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;v; your so kind!
tee hee im an artist but ive never drawn on something other than paper (and ive painted on furniture be4) but im kinda paranoid a bit hahah xD
but i should be getting MSC in soon! ;o; soo ill practice with him a bit lol
(what sculpt is it?? ;o;)
;o; if im not pleased with my work ill save up to sent him off to you ;v;
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yeah, it's a bit different on a face, for some reason. XD I've always been into art, but when I started doing face-ups it looked like...I had never touched a brush/pencil in my life, LOL. :D

Good luck with him!
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MizukiYamato Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think it happens to all!! 'sides look at your work now its lovely!! ;v;
thank you!!!!!!!!! ;o;
omg omg im spazzing hahah i hope i do ok cuz i also want to give his tatts lots and lots of tattoos!! ;v;
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asainemuri Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Oooh, tattoos! Awesome. *w*
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