Tuesday, November 4

Tutorial Tuesdays: Stickering Tutorial Part 3

Having looked at tools and materials in Part 1, and application techniques in Part 2, this week we are going to look at some advanced techniques. Simon's GARC Zero will continue to serve as our demonstration model.
Let's get started!

Considering Color 
Color is an important aspect to consider when stickering. Stickers come in many colors and make it easy to introduce a new color into your model. However, because of this they can also sometimes lead to over-use of color.

The model we started out with had two main colors: white and blue. It also had hints of silver as an accent color. Normally I would be hesitant to add another accent color and run the risk of making the model look too busy. But since silver and white are both neutral colors, and since GARCs are supposed to be flashy, in this case adding another bright color won't be a problem. Que stickering time lapse!

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And here is the result:


Moving and Removing Stickers
So what do you do if you place a sticker, but then later realize that you don't want it anymore? Obviously you can just remove it with your fingernails, damaging or destroying  the sticker in the process. But if you want to save the sticker, you can use your precision knife to carefully remove it. Just be careful not to cut the brick underneath the sticker as you remove it (yes, precision knives are that sharp).

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This technique also works great for moving a sticker to a different place on the model.

Compound Stickering
Compound stickering is the technique of layering two or more stickers over each other. This technique can be difficult to do, but it allows you to make much more efficient use of your available sticker resources, and it also allows you to have a very high density of detail in a very small space. Case in point.

Remember the bonus grill technique from last week? I'm going to build upon that to illustrate the technique of compound stickering.

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Final Pass
Now I'm going go over the model and finish up the stickering, using all the techniques I've demonstrated. Unfortunately my camera ran out of battery before I could finish doing the whole model, but you get the idea.

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Ta-da! The finished product:
Well, that about wraps it up for the tutorial folks! Thanks for reading, and I hope you learned something useful. Now go and sticker some MOCs!

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