X's original Face Flake Instructructions (screen shots by Ingrid)


I do not consider myself an "x"pert on Face Flakes by any means, however we can discuss the basics here.

Obviously a Face Flake is going to reflect the artist's ability to "draw" faces, or rather ½ of a face as the program conveniently fills in a mirror image of the flaker's cuts.  Do not despair, it is for this reason that they are actually easier to make than one might think.

It took me nearly a year of flaking before I seriously attempted to make one.  I NEVER imagined I'd be able to make a Face Flake, (not a decent looking one anyways), but was surprised to find with some patience,  practice, and the much adored "undo" button by my side, I was able to pull off a few nice F.F.'s  : )  -I should also mention that I created many malformed oddities with tomato shaped heads!

Naturally, different artists will have their own unique ways of accomplishing a Face Flake.  I usually start with a negative flake, make a white "upside-down egg" shape in it, and then fill in the face and finally the hair and little details.  This is a major pain as I have a horrible time with the hair, but keeps me from making more tomato heads.

For the purpose of describing a "proper" Face Flake, made from a regular positive flake, I think it would be best to watch the steps of one of Ingrid's F.F.'s being created.

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FIGURE "A"
I was surprised to see Ingrid starts with the hair, but it makes good
sense and can save the flaker a lot of trouble later.  Notice that the
blank "face space" is almost egg shaped.

Figure "A"
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FIGURE "B"
When making the eye, be sure that the pupil looks directly at you.  Place the eye
approX. ½ way between the top of the head and the bottom of the chin.  The lips
should be placed approX. ½ way between the bottom of the eyes and the bottom
of the chin.   Draw an imaginary line from the center of the pupil & straight down
and that's where the corner of the mouth should be.  Notice the light refleXion left
on the pupils and lips.    Also,  no need to draw a nose,  just draw in the nostrils!

Figure "B"
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FIGURE "C"
With the basics done, Ingrid now starts working on the details. The
face comes to life after getting  an eyelid,  a chin,  and more hair.

Figure "C"
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FIGURE "D"
Continuing with the details, the Face Flake now receives shoulders, a V-neck
sweater, and a  seXy  choker necklace.   Her hair is shinier and fuller bodied!

Figure "D"
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FIGURE "E"
The face now completed, the artist is free to add design to the
rest of the flake to finish it off.

Figure "E"
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Although basic, the instructions mentioned here are invaluable!
Be sure to follow the directions of where to place the eyes and
lips, and remember to leave the light refleXion in them or they
will appear lifeless and flat.  The face can be cut into either the
left or right side of the flake, whichever is easier for the flaker.

ThanX  to INGRID!
What a surprise to get these screen shots!  You sent them to me on the very day
I started working on this page and saved me a lot of time and trouble :D
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