Some celebrity faces are hard for toy makers and customizers to portray accurately. For example, try to find a good Harrison Ford likeness among the dozens of Han Solo and Indiana Jones figures out there. For every good one there are at least ten bad ones! Whenever I come across a celebrity face that is difficult to nail in the Minimate style, I use the following “trace and stretch” method.
In comics, metal characters and armor has always been given very dramatic visual treatment. If you go back and read Kirby’s original run on Silver Surfer, every page is vibrant and detailed, especially the metallic shine on the Surfer. DST has been adding more and more detail to metal minimate parts over the years, both through sculpting and tampos. In this update, I am going to show you how to make your metal decals have the same look and feel as the official ones, and the comics they were inspired by.
Over the past few years using Minimate decals, I have moved on from doing only the face and chest to doing almost every part of the Minimate body. I have only started using some of these new decal areas in the last month as I have been working on my new Minimate sticker kit. Some of the characters in this kit will have decals for their face, top of head, top of torso, chest, back, sides of torso, forearms, front thighs, side thighs, and shins! I have been working on getting these sized perfectly, and I thought it would be a good time to share a new template here for other decal designers to use.