This is a short tutorial on how I paint skulls on R/C car bodies. I hope that you find it useful.
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STEP 1. I draw the basic shape of the skull on some tracing paper. If you haven't drawn a lot of skulls you may want to find a good reference photo of a skull and work from that. rather than just making something up.
STEP 2. I traced my original drawing on another piece of tracing paper and sketched in the basic shapes and shadows to establish my light source.
STEP 3. I placed my original drawing on the inside of th body and trace the outside of the skull and the teeth with a Sharpie marker. I also drew the cross bones on the outside.
STEP 4. Using Gerber mask vinyl mask and green 3M automotive grade masking tape, I cut out the shape of the skull and the teeth. I used the Gerber mask over the chains that I had previously masked so that the tape did not pull up the chain mask when removing it.
STEP 5. I masked and cut out the cross bones using the same green 3M tape. I then cleaned of the Sharpie marker with alcohol so that I can see what I'm doing in the subsequent steps.
STEP 6. I put in some shadows and highlights for the cross bones. I used Pactra laquer paints to create some browns in several different shades.
STEP 8. I made a copy of my original drawing on some card stock and cut it out to make a template. I lightly misted a medium brown around the openings to define the shape of the eye sockets and the nasal opening.
STEP 11. I put some eyes in using a royal blue backed with white prior to putting in more detail with the medium brown. I also add some highlights.