My First Doll Repaint(s)

Back in the middle of June, I was browsing Youtube when I found a subset of videos called “doll repaints.” I was immediately hooked. I watched some videos on the recommended supplies, and went out and bought what I needed. I tried to cut some corners cost-wise, so I didn’t buy any Mr. Super Clear at first, and simply used a spray fixative I used to seal some of my pencil artwork. My first doll was a Lagoona Blue doll that cost 5 bucks here she is below:

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Not articulated at all, no detachable fins– completely budget Monster High.

I began work.

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Alright… the face isn’t coming off. Maybe if I scrub harder?

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…That’s not working either.

That’s when the thought hit me that I’m supposed to be using acetone to remove the face paint– not regular nail polish remover.

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Much better.

So after a few hours, it’s beginning to get dark, and I’m working outside, so I need to wrap up the repaint. The results were:

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Oof.

You’re probably wondering why in the world her face is so shiny; well, remember that spray fixative I used? Well apparently spraying too liberally makes the face shiny. The face looks like I painted it with acrylics, and that’s actually because– as any doll customizer knows– Mr. Super Clear acts as a primer as well as a sealant. It gives the vinyl a bit of tooth so the color pencils have something to grip on to. Without that grip, I had to wet the tips of my pencils to get the pigment to show. This actually made the pencils wear down a lot quicker than if I hadn’t wet them at all. You can also see that the whites of her eyes aren’t defined at all due to the lack of a grippy primer.

All in all, it’s not a very good repaint, but if looked at with the context that it was a first attempt, it’s not too horrible.

Here’s attempt two:

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As you can see, I am proof that someone can both improve, and regress at the same time. The eyes look better, but the blushing on the face is a lot worse. It makes her face look dirty which absolutely wasn’t the goal. The lips looks really good though. When I sent pictures to my friends, the lips were their favorites for both repaints (although I like the freckles more than the lips on my Lagoona Blue repaint.)

After my second repaint I decided that I was in love with the art and spent about 50 dollars on dolls and clothing for said dolls. Not too long after I started freaking out about how much money I spent and decided that I didn’t like doll repainting any more and returned everything. I was about to leave for vacation, and all the money I spent on dolls was weighing on the back of my mind which is probably why I freaked out. After all, I had spent most of my paycheck on dolls and other supplies to customize said dolls, so I didn’t have much to use for the vacation.

The funny thing was though, I stopped by a flea market, and one of the booths was selling a Rochelle Goyle doll that I had to force myself not to buy by telling myself I wasn’t interested in doll customizing. Oh what a fool I was.

I’ve gotten better at the whole repaint thing, and even started a Deviantart page to publish my work. I haven’t posted these repaints on there because, frankly, they’re a bit embarrassing, but I liked them when I first made them, so I suppose that’s all that really matters.

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