Hello and welcome back to my blog everyone! I had a busy month of repainting my own dolls as I hadn't gotten any commissions in yet, but felt the need to keep busy!
I repainted some of my older dolls, and a few newer ones, along with a set to sell. I was trying to be conservative with my MSC, because I'd been struggling to find some in stock within the EU, but I was finally successful just this past Friday. I'd been waiting on a restock of it since early December, so I suppose it was good I didn't have any commissions in that time, hah!
But anyway, the dolls I repainted are my Dollzone Po, Dollzone Stramonium, Dollzone Shoyo, Fairyland LTF Juri 2013 x3, and a set of Fairyland LTF Rendia open and sleeping eye faceplates, which I intend to list for sale.
So without further ado, onto some pictures and rambling under the break!
With it being the Chinese Lunar New Year and being the year of the dragon, I felt it appropriate to repaint Ember, my Dollzone Po, as my first faceup of the new year.
I got her last year for my birthday secondhand with the help of my wife, and just struggled to bond with her due to the crappy faceup I put on her and not feeling up to the challenge of making her proper wig. So she wore a stretched out old wig (the horns are a nightmare for wigs...) and a faceup I disliked as soon as I put it on her.
Let me show you the comparison of her previous to current faceup:
See what I mean? I tried some new things with the initial faceup, but absolutely missed the mark for me. I like how much softer she is now with her sparkly freckles and soft pastel colors.
All's well that ends well though! I decided to finally try and utilize the wefted mohair locks I had bought not long after getting her, and I sewed them onto a soft elastic wig cap with holes I cut into it for the horns.
The part is not the prettiest, but it is good enough for me and she looks great in the wig. I still need to repaint her transparent horns, but that is a future me project.
Next up I wanted to share an old Dollzone classic sculpt, my Stramonium in tan skin. Since I got the doll (Dollzone Raymond) for her spouse last year, I really wanted to repaint her as well to match skill level to his faceup. I actually had a lot of fun repainting her, especially because of the scar and the eye details.
And yes, her right eye does in fact glow red, it's a battery operated cybernetic eye which I'd ordered from Ringdoll back in 2014/15.
Her last faceup was done in 2015, and it showed. I'm really happy with her new one, as it definitely shows my improvement in blushing and linework, though her brows kinda took on a life of their own. Oh well, it suits her! I have a styled picture of her in my Owner Gallery towards the end.
The following faceup is on an even older gal with an even more overdue redo. This one is my Dollzone Shoyo-3, so without the bunny ear slots but with a full magnet held headback instead. She had been a birthday gift from my then-girlfriend-now-wife back in 2012, and her last faceup was from 2014. It was high time for a redo!
I'm honestly amazed to compare the two faceups side by side. It just goes to show how much improvement is possible in 10 years of practice, like damn. My linework and blushing are vastly improved, though the smaller eye size I put in also helps.
I'm so glad I started adding in blues and purples into my faceups, it's really helped them feel more alive, you know?
I recently was given by a client a third Fairyland LTF Juri 2013 faceplate so I felt the need to repaint the other two as well since the faceups were a good 5 years old. I modded the second and third faceplates from open to dreaming and sleeping so that my doll could have alternate expressions. Yes, these mods are permanent, and were done with Apoxie Sculpt. Honestly I love the sleeping head a lot, the dreaming one is a little tricky to get the eyes to show in properly.
I've been learning to work with acrylics instead of watercolor paints for detailing, but I am still learning how to thin my paint appropriately. You can tell that I was struggling with my lines in these faceups, but it's my own dolls so I don't feel the pressure to have them be perfect on the first try. It's a good thing I have so many of my own dolls to practice on!
And finally, last but certainly not least, we have a set of Fairyland LTF Rendia faceplates, open and sleeping eyes respectively. I personally hadn't been a fan of the sculpt with the default faceup from Fairyland, but she is actually quite cute without it. She defintely has a more mature look with the large lips and the more narrow nose, so I went more glam with her.
The Rendia faceplate will be listed for sale as a set on my Instagram in the next few days. If you would like to purchase them before I officially list them, please feel free to contact me either through my contact form on my site or through Instagram.
So that's it, congrats, you made it to the end of this seemingly endless rambling text of mine!! My commissions are still open and I look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks for reading and until next time!
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