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Tutorial: Figure 101! by nikicorny Tutorial: Figure 101! by nikicorny
Basic tutorial about action figures! :la:

Figure Shooting Tutorials:
Tutorial #1: [link]
Tutorial #2: [link]
Tutorial #3: [link]
Extra: [link]
Retouching Photo: [link]

If you have any questions, feedback, or critiques, just comment here! :D
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Critique by ArtilleryTortoise Nov 29, 2013, 1:49:22 PM
Like I said before, this is a solid 101 for those who aren't sure on maintenance like myself. It contains great tips on how to keep your figures looking nice and new. :D
I haven't seen many of these on dA myself so it's a pretty good find from an evident expert!
I think that also it makes me really think about how I've been treating mine for all this time, so I think that this advice will prove great for anyone, especially with tools that are easy to find in everyday day-to-day life. Overall, this is a nice cluster of quick tips for a beginner. :D
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:iconmemiorsofanotaku:
MemiorsOfAnOtaku Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
I should have read all of these months ago! >_<
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:iconartillerytortoise:
ArtilleryTortoise Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
OMG! This is so wonderful! 
Hmmm.... Cotton stick... why didn't I think of that before? Thanks so much! :D
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem :D
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:iconblackbutlerotakugirl:
BlackButlerOtakuGirl Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student General Artist
where did you buy them?
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconchelina:
chelina Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your tutorials are really cool!
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :D
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samsamsierra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha! So cute!
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:iconlostharper:
LostHarper Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Great tutorial!!
Just a question about sunlight..
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Direct sunlight damage them. Agree..
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But how about indierct sunlight? I may be overreacting but i want to make sure.
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
to be honest, I'm not sure D:
because just to be safe I put my figure in a display case away from the window and use lamp in it C:
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ayashige Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
You've got some very good tutorials, I hope more people will learn from them.

About cleaning, something that I've found to be working quite well is the sprayable solution used for cleaning glasses [I mean those you put on your face, not windows and bottles and the like...], lcd monitors or camera lenses [then you wipe it off with a microfibre towel]. It works for stains where soap fails. Also, for dusting off complicated crevices, the air pump used to blow off dust from lenses works pretty well. I don't have a display case and my figures always get so dusty :[ I've seen some really cool ones, with LED lights, completely transparent... Too bad I don't have any more space for something like that.
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:iconrainbowspottedgoat:
RainbowSpottedGoat Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome, thanks! :DD
I always wondered how to clean my Miku X3
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay, cleaning time :XD:
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:iconrainbowspottedgoat:
RainbowSpottedGoat Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
x3 hehe
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:icontitafy-kurosaki:
Titafy-kurosaki Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This really work!My figures get a lot of dust.
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
cleaning time :XD:
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:icontitafy-kurosaki:
Titafy-kurosaki Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ajaa yeah!I have no idea that figures can be drown in water.
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DollfieDream11 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are the master of awesomeness!
thank you so much this helped me alot, now i can clean Ami!
when i grow up i wanna be like you!
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
haha thanks, that means a lot :love:
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:icondollfiedream11:
DollfieDream11 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconiloveyouplz:
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:iconbrockzombie:
BrockZombie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
is there anywhere that you can just buy blank figures to make your own characters?
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't really know about blank figures, but you can repaint and mold your figures to make custom one :)
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:iconbrockzombie:
BrockZombie Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student General Artist
how do you mold them?
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I never make any custom figure, but perhaps this could help :) [link]
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:iconmonoguru:
monoguru Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
great!
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :D
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:iconnihonotaku4eva:
NihonOtaku4eva Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much~! :la:
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:la:
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:iconnihonotaku4eva:
NihonOtaku4eva Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:iconmikula-plz:
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:iconsilkhat:
silkhat Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wont water get stuck in between the joints?
do you dis-assemble the main joints (hands and legs) so that they can dry?
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't think the water will get stuck unless the joints are loose :D They're pretty tight :P
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:iconsilkhat:
silkhat Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i see O:
thank you very much!
I should do that sometime, because i only dust them
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:iconcloudvsshito:
cloudvsshito Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ACK!!! I leave my figures in sunlight every day!!!
Thanks fr making this!!!! Gotta get them outta that light now!!!!
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No prob! :D
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:iconmlcm77:
mlcm77 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that also refer to Nendoroids? Aren't they gonna loosen up if I put them into water? I always do that to my Digimon figures and I noticed that, they loosen up a bit because of the way I clean them up.. ^^ BTW, my Digimon figures were almost 8 years from me. And they're all okay, thought they loosen up a bit.. ^^
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for commenting!

Yes nendo can also use this tips for cleaning :D Just don't put it into water for too long and don't use hot water so it won't loosen up :XD:

Wow 8 years, that's awesome :la:
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ButterflyHeadphones Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What do you mean by loosen up?
I understand the paint might fade but... Loosen up?
See I am now collecting so yeah it will help to learn this stuff! :D
Yr Tips are EXTREMEMLY helpful! :D
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I mean the joint will loosen up :XD:
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ButterflyHeadphones Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ahh, so they won't stay in place properly?
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah :D
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:iconmlcm77:
mlcm77 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really.. Hmm.. I'll try that.. :D Thank you for the info.. :)
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Renchiru Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely tutorial! ; u ; thank you for making it~
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
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Chibi-Chiaki Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>o< this seems very helpful ^o^!

now i know how to wash my ever so dusty figures XD
umm also
do you know any other materials I can use instead of a cotton stick? (last time I tried cleaning my yoko figure and I used a cotton stick it scratched her.. so I'm afraid to again)

and again, thank you for posting this >o<!
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for commenting :D

You can use anything really, just make sure it's soft so it's safe for the figures :XD: maybe a small sponge, or just use a small piece of cotton balls [link] :D
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Chibi-Chiaki Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for replying to my questions >v<!!
and thanks for the help :D~ very helpful
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your welcome :D
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:iconpika247:
pika247 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is actually pretty helpful. My Zoids models have been getting dusty as of late. Might try this on 'em sometime
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:iconjustjakk:
justjakk Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Awwww, poor Kazma.
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:iconnikicorny:
nikicorny Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, but I do enjoy torturing him :D #whut?
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