Ghost in the Shell Motoko Kusanagi

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

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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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