|Before and After: Dolls I purchased back in 1992, I think.|
It was so hard! First off, I wear glasses but I couldn't see the doll closeup unless I took the glasses off and turned my head to the side and squinted. That alone was frustrating, but when I tried painting... dude, I about lost it. It's been twenty years since I've painted or drawn anything and I couldn't control the brush, judge the paint opacity, stay inside the lines, nothing! I did practice first by making small portraits on paper, but applying paint to paper is a whole lot different than applying it to a round, molded face. From start to finish, which included removing the eye and lip paint (I left the eyebrows), it took me six hours to complete and frankly, she looked better before with the anime eyes. You can literally see every brush stroke. Yuck.
|Chandra's eyewear are cut and hollowed out Barbie sunglasses with acetate inserts.|
I did try again, but in limited moderation. I bought one of those magnifying circles to help me see without removing my glasses (didn't work) and this time I kept it real simple by just removing the lip paint. I don't like light pink or coral lips on black dolls and on dark skin dolls I prefer no color at all. Chandra's eyes became brown instead of that lion like golden rod color and you can barely see the brush strokes this time. I did a bad job with the Basics lips and had to repaint them twice.
|Before and After: Beach Ken 2012 and Beach Ken 2011 Redux|
This last time, I decided to try a paint over, instead of a repaint. I also find I work better with india ink, which used to be my medium of choice back in the day. So, his makeover is probably 30% paint, 70% ink. He turned out much better than my other attempts. Granted it's not really a "new face," but my hand work and application are becoming more steady.
|Meet Riley: Newly red-headed with olive eyes and a cleft chin.|
I'm going to do more of these paint overs before I try completely removing the original face paint and starting from scratch. Not like I don't have enough heads to practice on.