Sweet Mayhem is the masked space pilot from the Systar Dimension in the upcoming film 'The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part'.
She flies a spaceship, which shoots sparkly ammunition in the form of stickers and love hearts that utter cute phrases before exploding. She might look sweet, but she's super tough too. She is an evil minidoll who captures all of Emmet's friends.
Not all girls like to be sweet all the time. With this Sweet Mayhem mask they can be cool and girly, but still a little bit 'evil' too 😉.
Step 1: Sketching the design on the face
When painting a design on the face for the first time, I always start with a quick sketch, using a round brush #3 and a regular (watery) white paint. After sketching I look from a small distance to see if there is anything I need to adjust. Sometimes things look great on a practice board, but just don't fit as nice on a real face.
Step 2: Painting the base
For the base I started with loading a 1/2# flat brush with regular glycerin white and filling in the white parts of the mask. I like using a flat brush for masks and especially for this one. It is very easy and quick to paint nice, crips 'wing' contours, with only a few strokes.
After rinsing the brush I loaded it with the blue splitcake, keeping the light blue color as my main color. I then filled in the blue parts, the inside of the 'wings', with the darkest edge towards the outside of the mask.
Next, still using the same brush and some regular pink, I painted the pink parts.
Step 3: Adding texture
To give the wings a bit of a sparkly look, I added a sparkly dot pattern in the wings using a sponge dauber loaded with the darkest colors of the blue splitcake, a dot stencil (Graffiti Madness) and light blue glitter.
In the outer eye corners I also added a dot pattern using a different dot stencil (Graffiti Eyes), a sponge dauber and regular pink paint.
Step 4: Outlining
For the next step I loaded a round brush #3 with a regular black paint and outlined all the different parts. My model was very very wiggly, so I didn't get the lines as clean as I wanted, but we shouldn't be too afraid of that. It doesn't need to be perfect, it is just face paint, meant to make kids smile. Most of the time, they don't see the 'mistakes' we see 😉, they are just happy and ready to play!
Step 5: Highlights and shadows
To make the design a little bit less flat, I added some shadows and highlights. I started with the shadows, all around the mask, using a small blending brush and some black star blend powder. You can get almost the same effect by using a blending brush and a wet wipe and going over the black lines to soften them a bit.
As a final step I added a few highlights using a round brush #3 and some regular white and off course I ended this design with pink glitter lips. For the lips I used a lip gloss applicator, the same pink paint I already used and some pastel pink glitter.
All finished! Now let's play the 'bad girl' for a change 😁!
In the picture below I added a few visual reminders for you of how I placed the different elements in this design, keeping the focal point theory in mind. I hope they will help you when painting this design, like they helped me when creating it. I always try to test my designs to see if they are in accordance with the focal point theory. Because if they do, they just look so much nicer 🙂!
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Annabel Hoogeveen is the owner and founder of 'Blije-Snoetjes Kinderschmink', a Facepainting company and school in the Netherlands. She is painting for about 10 years and is passionate about teaching others how to facepaint, 'because the more face painters there are, the more kids we can make happy'.
Annabel likes colorful and easy 'on-the-job' designs. But, as a former vet, she also has a passion for painting realistic 3D animals.
She is an instructor at Olga Murasev's International Face Painting School (www.facebodyart.com), has written several Facepainting blogs and recently won the 'Black Panther' competition here at Facepaint.com.