Step 9: Creating Veins

Having done the capillaries, it’s time to recreate realistic veins for your lifelike dolls. Veins stand out much more clearly on a baby’s skin than on a kid’s or grown up’s as the skin has yet to develop further layers. Moreover, they are unnaturally bluish in color. So, you will be targeting small distinct veins that are not too over-condescending but are also visible to the naked eye.

What You Will Need

In this case, Air Dry paints will be favored for the veins as it’s easier to recreate them with that type of pain rather than say Genesis Heat. On top of turquoise Air Dry, you will also need the following:

  • Mixing half inch mop brush
  • Matt Lock varnish
  • Mixing bowl
  • Distilled water
  • Pin point brush for veining; in fact you can take the same you used for creases

Preparing the Paint Mix

To prepare the paint mix for the veins, you should aim at a semi-thin consistency. This consistency will be just perfect when it will hold a line but will not be too thick or evident and not too thin to bloat on the vinyl surface. Test it out on the mixing tray and check if it’s too dark. If so, add in more distilled water. For bloated paint mixtures, add a tad bit of more turquoise. Also, use only a few drops of distilled water since you will not require much paint mix here.

Extra tip: If you find the paint mix to be too thick to your liking, do not add in distilled water all at once. Drop it in slowly and mix the paint properly to find the perfect consistency. Similarly, for thickening the paint mix, use a minute amount of paint and then add just double that of varnish. The Matt Lock is necessary to ensure that the air dry paints stick to the vinyl surface.

Get Ready for the Veins

How to Make Lifelike Dolls Step 9: Creating Veins Most new reborners find this the hardest step in recreating lifelike dolls. It’s quite easy visualizing veins on the baby’s surface but, when comes the time to perform and draw the actual lines, artists get dumbfounded because they don’t know where to start. Remember that veins appear randomly but are usually located in the same places in all babies. For the head, you can start off from the temple region going backwards across the side of the head. In fact, use this to test out the paint consistency.
Take paint with the pin point brush and drip off any excess so that the paint does not run off the surface. Now, start applying the vein lines running them off continuously from start to finish. Make reruns over the same line to darken it up and then use smaller lines to join or branch out from the main vein lines. Do not rerun over these thinner veins too much or else they will have the same depth as your main lines, which may look weird.

What you want to be doing is to create the veins as a single stretch of line from which branches emanate to the sides. This gives the most realistic appeal and one that lasts really long.

Achieving the Perfect Veins

If you wish to create the perfect veins, you should never try to do them out of your memories or imagination. There are certain areas of the baby that tend to have lesser veins and some that have a higher concentration. Jumbling these regions up can cause the fake nature of your doll to stand out clearly and lose the illusion. So, the best advice is to photograph a real baby and use his vein lines to recreate your lifelike dolls. It is not necessary to be symmetrical to the sides. Rather being slightly unsymmetrical produces the best finish.

After finishing up your veins, let them dry out and then check for consistency. If you feel like increasing the depth somewhere, apply a second layer. However, it’s best to leave veins looking unfinished as this is how it appears on real babies.