So after all the painting and repainting, I've decided to go with ...‘simple is better’
I cleaned off the tattoos from around the back of cheeks and now I think the character is looking more like I originally intended.
I love the tattoos around the nose, I think those are perfect and I want to keep them, but the rest were over kill.
Part of the idea behind the excessive tattoos was to hide the seam between the lower and upper face, but ultimately I don’t think they would of actually hid the seam.
I’m also considering just leaving the seams in the finished shots (basically, not rendering them out with Photoshop) since this is stop-motion, with physical, real-world puppets, sets & props. Part of the charm, doing it this way is that ... things aren’t perfect.
Anyway I have plenty of time to think about that, and who knows what I’ll want to do once I’m actually filming.