I started with the faceups. Along with Roron's default faceplate, I had ordered the Punska face option (or Punsuka, depending on which side of the enclosed card you happen to read). Think of it simply as the Pout. Also, in an earlier order I picked up the Lilin Osumashi face option. I've seen this translated as the Cool face. Roron has a Cool face, too. I'll buy that one later.
This time I tried my softer Sennelier pastels, instead of the Holbein set I generally use. I was able to load my brush with color simply by brushing the side of the pastel stick. Where I would usually blend the colors with a foam applicator, I stayed with the brush and employed a kneaded eraser to lift excess color. I made less use of the watercolor pencils, reserving them for the eyeliner and lower lashes. At the very end I added a few strokes of watercolor pencil to the eyebrows to pick out details.
|On the other hand, do not snap off the projections at the top of|
each faceplate, as these are necessary to hold the faceplate onto
the head. These three (Cool Lilin, Default Roron, and Pouting
Roron) have their first layer of pastel.
I was tempted to sand down the sculpted eyebrows and try my hand at painting them freehand. I'm glad I didn't. One of the faceplates had fainter eyebrows than the others. I had a devil of a time trying to make the two brows come out even. I figure if Gentaro Araki has done me the favor of showing me where to put the eyebrows and what shape they should be, who am I to say I can do a better job?
|Nearly there. All that is missing is eyeliner and lashes. The|
faceplate in the upper left is the Sist Bully face, before I
dabbed eyeliner where it didn't belong.
While I was at it, I repainted the Sist Bully face. I don't know what it is about that one, but I am never satisfied with the results. I'm not sure I like it this time, either. Sist is such a cute doll -- it's hard to make the snarl work. This time my brush slipped as I tried to paint the eyeliner. Instead of watercolor pencil blended with a wet brush, I used acrylic paint. She ended up with a black spot on her eyelid and it is proving very hard to get off. No doubt I will eventually wipe her clean and start over. For the fourth or maybe fifth time -- I've lost count.
Chibi are assembled in pretty much the same way as U-noa Quluts, with the exception of the head. Other dolls bury their elastic inside the body. On the Chibi, the elastic comes out through the head and wraps around it in grooves hollowed out for the purpose. The wig then conceals the elastic.
When I first saw Roron on the U-noa website, I was puzzled as to his/her gender. There is a unisex look to this doll that could go either way. I have decided to portray Roron as a girl, but if I ever change my mind, there is a little boy part that can be glued in place to effect the transformation. Again, the lazy part of me says, "Why bother? It won't show. Just dress her as a boy." As the only clothing patterns I have found for U-noa Chibi are feminine, Roron won't be turning into a boy anytime soon.