|Princess Merida of clan DunBroch|
Being a freebie from a local Tesco in-store promotion, Princess Merida's original paint job had flat colours which didn't realise the figurine's potential. Although the sculpture was not entirely true to the character as she is seen in the movie, I still felt there was enough in it to make a repaint worthwhile.
|Before and After the repaint process for Princess Merida (front view)|
|Before and After the repaint process for Princess Merida (back view)|
Although the dress sculpture actually calls for a teal dress with yellow trimmings, I adopted a light turquoise (bordering on light sky blue) hue with gold trimmings instead as seen on another dress she had worn in the movie. To me, the latter combination had more oomph, all things considered.
|There are those who say ...|
|... fate is something beyond our command.|
|That destiny ...|
|... is not our own, ...|
|... but I know better.|
|Our fate lives within us,...|
|you only have to be ...|
|... brave enough to see it.|
It seems like forever since I last created a base from scratch and painted it. But this time, I didn't let the little fact that I wasn't any good at bases deter me. I needed the green grass to bring out Merida's turquoise dress and fiery red hair. So I kept it simple: took a broken piece of cork, layered on some browns to mimic soil layers, and glued on some grass as well as stones. Not much but enough.
|A base for Merida - the green grass forms one of the three major colours of this piece|
|Freehand embroidery on Merida's dress fringes was retouched to smoothen out some rough spots|
|In hindsight, transition between the middle and lower soil layers is too stark ... meh, it'll have to do|
Princess Merida has been an extremely fun project. Funny how the best things in life are free. I leave you with this wonderful quote by George Bernard Shaw whose play Pygmalion was adapted into My Fair Lady, a movie dear to my heart. His quote? My apologies for I digressed. Here it is: '