Ghost in the Shell Motoko Kusanagi

     
 
Major Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell
Major Motoko Kusanagi head detail Major Motoko Kusanagi back detail

 

The Major here marks one of my few forays into the realm of figure painting. Even though she's probably got fewer organic parts than a T-800, her outer shell should look more "human" than some other robots I've done.

I started by masking off the flesh tones and painting the body suit with Krylon's Hyacinth, which looked like a pretty good match to the blue-gray used in the series. I then painted her belt, jacket, and boots Grimy Black, and her gloves Engine Black. Her hair was a custom color I mixed up, as were her lips. The eyes were painted in five stages: black for the outline/lashes, white, black again for the edges of the irises, red for the center of the irises, and one more black dot for the pupils.

With all the painting done, I sprayed her with a few layers of Testors Dull Cote, then used a combination of dry brushing and pastels to add definition and weathering. Some of my efforts were more successful than others, but for a first attempt I'm fairly happy with the results.

 

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