Since I have run out of commissions, and don't have any new ones lined up, I've been redoing my own dolls. That's something I need to periodically do anyway, heh.
This past week I had my Soom Beyla/Glot/Eliv with a Peapod Doll mermaid tail, and April Story Betty along with her hands on my work desk to be repainted.
Without further ado, onto some pictures!
So here we have my April Story Betty as well as her hands. Her hands had gotten horribly chipped since the last time I painted them. The blue french tip was a last minute decision, but I'm glad I did! Her face acquired two more piercings since last time (yes, I do applied piercings and can even imbed them in the resin if so requested), and her eyebrows are lighter to match her new wig!
A quick comparison of her last and current face up. Her scar is less red this time, but still there. It simply looks more healed than previously.
If you'd like to see a picture of her with her wig, I have one in the Owner Gallery!
Next up is my Soom Beyla OE/human head in cream white. She's a little siren girl, so scales were a must! She was quite the restoration process. I'm at least her 3rd owner, and for some parts I'm at least the 4th.
Her body is a Soom Glot torso with Soom Eliv arms and ears, and a Peapod Doll mermaid tail that I later uncovered to be a sakura pink color AND one of 2 with a fade from dark butt to lighter fin in this color! What a special little girl!
I scored her on the DoA MP for a good price. She was double painted (as in she was painted once, and then painted over again without removing the previous paint job), and boy was that annoying to remove.
First things first, I took her apart (some of her joints were glued together from acrylic paint...) and threw her to soak in some 99.9% isopropyl alcohol. I started with the little bowl to clean her torso of the caked on paint and the glitter.
After much scrubbing I got at least her torso clean. Her hands were still with a lot of paint on them, so I left them to soak longer.
I quickly realized she'd need to soak fully in alcohol for at least 24 hours to remove the remaining paint.
So I did that. I poured 500ml of alcohol into some tupperware and put all her painted tail pieces in there.
So here my suspicion of her fin being pink was confirmed! Under the hot pink and white paint was a layer of purple and gold. The purple and gold paint sadly stained her a little in places, but that's nothing I can't hide with the new blush job!
After 1.5 days of soaking in 99.9% isopropyl alcohol, she was finally as clean as I was going to be able to get her. I replaced all the elastic in her and restrung her. She can do some cute things with her tail! Her face up is above obviously, but I haven't documented her body blush yet.
So here she is all painted and refreshed! I slathered her in Aztec Gold PearlEx shimmer pigment after blushing her with reds. Please excuse the cruddy cell phone picture, my camera on my phone is getting dated...
The clothing is just spare stuff I had laying around, but the wig is hers and the eyes I specially made for her too. I wanted her to shimmer between gold and red as her parents are a Siren and a Fire Elemental. I think she suits them both!
I'm so glad I got her after all as I'd been eyeing her on the MP for a few weeks already, trying to talk myself out of her. But I've wanted a YoSD mermaid for years now and was super sad when Peapod Doll closed... Either way, all's good!
That's all from me for now, until next time!
I think I finally beat the crud for the most part, so to celebrate I repainted my girl Winter. She is a Soom MD Beyla Romantic head on a Fairyland LTF body with Daisy Dayes hooves. She's a fun little hybrid! I've been meaning to repaint her for several months now, especially since I gave her little wings that I painted for her in December. I need to get some full body pictures of her sometime.
Anyway, onto some pictures under the cut!
I finished up the two heads from last time yesterday with eyelashes and all. Both the owner and I are pleased with the end result.
Without further ado, onto some pictures!
The white skin head is a Soom MD Beyla Romantic head, and the grey one is a Soom MD Bygg human head.
I had a lot of fun with them, it was an interesting challenge making them so pink since I usually try to keep my blushing more natural. I also almost forgot to take my eyes out of the heads again. I had packed the heads up and everything, so I had to unwrap them and pull the eyes out. Whoops!
Also, I'm not accepting any more commissions for this year as I'm leaving in a little over two weeks for Vienna, Austria to visit my family there for Christmas. I'll be there from December 20th until January 2nd.
And as a last note, happy Thanksgiving to the USA peeps! I'm going to spend the day tomorrow with my wife and my mom having a nice homemade turkey dinner.
Since I didn't have to go to either of my day jobs yesterday, I decided to work on face ups instead from the morning into the afternoon. I worked for about 5 hours non-stop on two heads, a Soom MD Beyla romantic and Soom MD Bygg human head. Due to the freezing temperatures (16ºF and lower), I had to go to my old college campus to work. I sadly didn't take into account that there was an event going on (a pretty big on, the art sale), so I had to hide myself away in a different area to work.
Either way, I'm just about done with the two heads, I just ran out of steam after 5 hours and had to go home. I also got pretty hungry as I couldn't eat in the space I was working in, and didn't want to even try and pack up everything so I could go somewhere where I could eat and come back.
Here are the WIP pictures so far. I need to punch up the pinks along the eyes and lips more, but otherwise they are just about done. I also need to check if the owner would like them to have applied eyelashes, and if so, what color. I'm hopeful I can work on them today to get them done.
Someone asked me on one of the Facebook groups if I had used a stencil for the rose on the Bygg's face because it looks so perfect. That made me super happy because I didn't, it's free-hand.
Also I'm not accepting any new commissions until I get back from Austria in January, 2016. I'd rather not have to rush through them all, or have them sit for several weeks while I'm out of the country.
Anyway, that's all from me for now! If I don't update before Thursday, happy Thanksgiving to all the USA peeps!
Yesterday I decided to finally blush Winter's hooves. It was a bit of a challenge because they are so stained.
When I bought them second hand I didn't know they would be so stained because they were covered in about two layers of acrylic paint. I first scrubbed off the first layer, and then I soaked the hooves in rubbing alcohol for 24 hours. That got the rest of the paint off, but they were still rather stained because of how porous the resin is due to the hand cast nature of them.
Either way, I decided to challenge myself with the fantasy blush of them, at least a little bit. I originally wanted the hooves darker than the fur, but I got a bit impatient so I simply painted cracks on them. I experimented with my pastels a bit and managed to even splatter them like acrylic paint. Now once I learn how to paint on eyelashes and eyebrow hairs without the watercolor pencils I feel like I'll level up!
And here she is before and after. It's amazing what a difference a face up and wig makes. That is literally the same doll, there you can also see her original hoof blush. It looked nice from a distance, but not so much up close.
Technically it is still fall here, but the head I got as a replacement for Autumn's decided not to be Autumn anymore, but Winter instead! The head is a Soom MD Beyla. I've been hydriding dolls with Soom parts for a while now, but this is my first Soom head.
I was pretty much just playing trying to see what I can do face up wise. I really like how she turned out. She's getting a cute curly light blonde mohair wig. Not like the mohair fur wigs, but more like a natural looking one. She is on a Fairyland LTF body with Daisy Dayes hooves. The hooves are pretty stained, so it's going to take a lot of creativity to make them look awesome again. I'm up for the challenge though! That's all for now.
Iza's Face Ups
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