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Post by MelodyFPL on Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:44 am

Seriously. They make me so mad. For some reason I cannot seem to make one actually look like a dolphin. Even my silhouette dolphins in a tropical sunset scene look like some kind of arrow or something. I have looked at numerous step by steps but to no avail. There has to be some kind of secret that I don't know about. Tips?
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Post by Arty-Farty Party on Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:11 am

I hate dolphins too. Let's get 'em!!! Twisted Evil
I've decided I'm just going to get a stencil, sponge with a light base colour and paint over adding detail, shading etc.. to make it my own.
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Post by MelodyFPL on Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:13 am

Ughhh I hate stencils so much. Nothing against anyone who uses them, don't get me wrong, but I always felt like using stencils is "cheating", even when I was painting furniture and things like that. That's just me. No offense to anyone, please. Maybe I need to just get over myself and get a stencil. Sigh.

Oh and I "liked" you on facebook!
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Post by Amy Moon on Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:18 am

I found this video very helpful for dolphins. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptCP989vUf4
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Post by MelodyFPL on Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:19 am

Thanks, Amy! Love your avatar!
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Post by MelodyFPL on Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:22 am

Oh yeah that IS a sweet instructional! I will be trying that technique and thank you again!
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Post by SuzySparkles on Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:33 am

Here is a really simple dolphin... Just do the white first... make a little 'muzzle'? by the eye and swipe some white paint across under the eye to the corner and then go down to the corner of the mouth. Then from the white muzzle thingy (technical term!) go up with blue and around and fill it in... make a fin... and voila! This was inspired by Carmen Chase Smile

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Post by Arty-Farty Party on Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:47 am

Wow, sounds like stencils tick you off more than dolphins do!
I've never used a stencil before but I dont see the harm in using it for the basic outline to make sure the shape is right on something before painting free-hand over it.
Sure, I wouldn't use stencil shapes as stand alone designs but I figure they're a tool that is available to use where needed to enhance a design. Much the same as if I needed to make a scales pattern I might use a bag from a bag or manderin oranges or if I needed beard stubble I could use a stipple sponge (I actually use a potato scrubbing brush). I'm not free-hand painting there either but I wouldn't consider it cheating.
Just to be clear, I haven't taken offense and dont intend to cause offense... just responding to your view point with my own Very Happy
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Post by MelodyFPL on Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:50 am

Suzy, thanks! That dolphin is adorable!!! Lol @ 'muzzle thingey", that's pretty much what I call it too!

Justine, no offense taken, I appreciate your viewpoints. I use a tangerine bag for scales too, all the time, so you are totally right. I just never thought of it that way.

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Post by Psalmbook on Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:50 pm

I do a 1 stroke dolphin using a 1" filbert brush.

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Post by Tash on Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:52 pm



These were done with a prisma cake but can be done with any blue and white split. Using a filbert #12, I put the body down first .... just a big teardrop curving down, I add the tail with two flicks of my brush.
Put the fin towards the back, the more further forward it is the worse it looks... add the white belly with a #2 round and then go back with the filbert and put in the bottom flipper.
These dolphins took like 3 mins if that.... I hope this helps... it gets a lot easier when they are broken down into strokes.
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Post by Tash on Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:53 pm

Damn - it's huge so much for the 640 resize....
I forgot to say I do the nose when I do the tail bits.
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Post by MelodyFPL on Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:41 pm

Tash!!! You're a genius. I LOVE that! Thank you, I will try it tonight!!!
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Post by Denise Cold on Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:17 pm

You saw the dolphin challenge thread...right? Lots of good step-by-steps.

D.

http://www.facepaintforum.com/t5943-post-submissions-here
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Post by anniel on Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:38 pm

Had to giggle...glad I am not the only one. I have NEVER done a dolphin that
I have liked, (though others like 'em). They just always frustrate the dickens outta me...and make me wonder who the painter was who put the first one on a child's face...
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Post by MelodyFPL on Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:52 pm

Denise, I did see it! And as diligently as I tried, they all look like they are deformed when I do them!

Anniel, we should start a club, lol, me you and Justine, she hates them also!

Psalmbook, I love that piece you posted! I like the whole ocean floor look to it.
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Post by Mandi from Tazzie on Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:06 am

like Tash said a big tear drop for the body then a flick, flick for the tail, top fin & bottom fin then I use my brush to just 'lay down' a nose. I use a chisel brush & use my TAG ocean split cake & load up the dark blue & teal, light blue.

I haven't done the small silohette(sp?) dolphins but they look like tiny tear drops.
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Post by HappyVickery on Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:15 am

I don't really like dolphins either. I do a one stoke one with a split cake. At a recent festival, I had a guy that was like 45 want one on his arm! I hated it, and couldn't cover anything up with glitter! Mine have gotten better, but I'm not super comfortable with them for some reason. I watched the Lisa Joy Young video - the one with the tropical flowers too... I don't know the link to it, but that made mine a lot easier.
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Post by estelle on Sat Aug 06, 2011 3:20 pm

it's funny, I had the same thought last week (I do not like dolphins but the kids love them!) and I 2 -3 scribbled designs in order to offer still in my gigs, I did not try again for real ....
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Post by nancy! on Sat Aug 06, 2011 6:03 pm

On this siteyou can find a practise sheet for a dolphin. I do my dolphins that way

http://www.schminkwebshop.nl/sites/schminkwebshop/images/content/Schminkuitleg/Uitleg_RainbowCakes_Colours.pdf

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Post by Sparklyone on Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:11 pm

I am always trying to perfect my dolphins, thanks so much for this thread and all the very helpful links! Nancy that practice sheet is AWESOME and helped me with my roses, too! Very Happy

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Post by MelodyFPL on Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:28 pm

So much helpful info! Thank you all so much, I will practice with these methods (maybe a combination of a few) and see what kind of mess I can come up with. Dolphins and I are not friends LOL. Wish me luck!
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Post by estelle on Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:20 am

I finally used my cakes and I trained the dolphins to do .... my favorite :
thanks YOU TUBE !!!!
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Post by Party Picassos on Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:33 pm

I have no problem with dolphins...let's talk about HORSES and UNICORNS!
When they are requested, I do the heads only...if I can get away with it.
those legs make me crazy every time.

Another item that I suck at - CARS. I need to spend some good practice time
on those to. Nothing better than getting some good picture references first.

Good luck with your dolphins! Watching the videos should help quite a bit.
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Post by Tash on Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:38 pm

I'm feeling you there!! Damn stupid cars make me have a Mutley moment or two.
Yeah and my fast horse/unicorn is just plain sad.
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