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Improving a Figure with Pastel ChalksImproving a Figure with Pastel Chalks

Someone recently asked me how I improved my cheap prize figure with pastel chalk. It is a common trick used to add depth well know within scale model builder circles. I mainly learned that art back in my garage kits days and when weathering model train rolling stock.

The idea to use pastel chalks instead of paint is that you can build up the effect and feather it easily with the existing color using a set of paint brushes. You make a mistake, no big deal, clean the mess with water. It's fool proof and can enhance any cheap or high quality model.

Some people often complain they paint big bucks for a great figure but some details, like hair aren't as deeply shaded as the prototype. Pastel chalks are the way to go.

In my case, I liked a certain set of Love Live figure (Sore wa Bokutachi no Kiseki) but SEGA quality control wasn't top notch. It meant some figures got nice color gradients while other were plain plastic and solid color. It was the case with Maki. As the following picture show, I added brownish shadows to her hair, some color variation on her right hand, various shadows on her yellow uniform and bluish shadows on her white skirt. Someone could have gone farther by adding highlight on raised area to bring even more volume to the figure, particularly the hair.


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To bring some life to the figure, here are the steps I followed.

First, get a spray can of Testor Dullcote. It is a matte varnish that will kills the plastic shine nicely and give "tooth" to the surface so the chalk will adhere. If you fail to do so, the chalk will be hard to apply and won't stick. Be aware that if you want to keep some parts glossy, protect them before applying Dullcote.

Second, using a knife, scrape pastel powder from a pastel chalk stick. Apply the chalk with an appropriatly sized paint brush.

Third, if required, you can blend the chalk and feather the effect using a large soft brush.

Fourth, when satisfied with the result apply a coat of Dullcote to seal the pastel chalk. Be aware the effect is problem going to slightly fade away when the varnish is applied. Depending on the result, you can want to add a second, or a third coat of pastel to build up the effect. Between each step, don't forget to seal your work.


That's it, your model is know much better than it used to bette.

A word of caution: Dullcote is a lacquer based varnish which is highly harmful. Use it only in a well-ventilated area or outside. Always wear a respirator when using spray paint.
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Maakie (1 ano atrás) #18101730Thanks for this blog! :D I am actually planning to improve some of my figures too. A lot of my prize figures are missing a cute blush on their cheeks, which is visible in the original artwork they are modelled after, so I was thinking of adding those myself. :)
Nice work on your Maki too! I especially like how her skirt looks now. :)


Thanks! I really doesn't take a lot to make a big effect. Often, prize figures aren't badly sculpted, just mass produced with cheap finishes.
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Thanks for this blog! :D I am actually planning to improve some of my figures too. A lot of my prize figures are missing a cute blush on their cheeks, which is visible in the original artwork they are modelled after, so I was thinking of adding those myself. :)

Nice work on your Maki too! I especially like how her skirt looks now. :)
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Pomelo (1 ano atrás) #18042497Nice! It's cool to see how even small touches can change a figure so much. I have a little experience with shading with pastels because I've tried customizing a few Monster High dolls before...I was actually thinking of adding a little bit of lip/face colour to ITEM #143044 because her face seems so flat to me compared to the rest of the figure.

It's definitely a very nice and forgiving media to work with. It's perfect for adding some life.
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Nice! It's cool to see how even small touches can change a figure so much. I have a little experience with shading with pastels because I've tried customizing a few Monster High dolls before...I was actually thinking of adding a little bit of lip/face colour to ITEM #143044 because her face seems so flat to me compared to the rest of the figure.
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