Halloween is just around the corner and I thought what better way to kick it off with a custom repaint of the gruesomely seductive queen of macabre, Elvira - Mistress of the Dark.
This doll underwent hair restyling to better replicate Elvira's. As with all my custom repainted dolls, I remove the original factory makeup. I then repaint the character's features paying attention to precision and accuracy as well as true to life facial expression.
Repaint is a new form of pop art, wherein the doll's face is treated like a three dimensional canvas, with the added challenge of painting within a very small area and an even greater challenge of recreating a real person's likeness. Since dolls are basically miniature pieces, brush strokes and shading have to be very controlled and precise.
-- acrylic paint and ultra fine brushes
(Note: I am not in any way affiliated with the Tonner Doll company
My first Marilyn Monroe portrait, cos every artist needs one right? This one isn't insanely detailed as I had to work from a very low quality reference that I couldn't do much about but I'm pleased with the result, having not drawn blonde hair a while I forgot how difficult and time consuming it was.
Corbin number 3, I'm making on 8 of these guys right now and I'm nearly done with the paint on 4 and 5.
Not a great photo,..for some reason i just haven't been able to take decent pics lately (might be the peculiar cool bright spring lighting he have had going on here for the past month)
To make my guys, I first create the original sculpt in Super Sculpey, from my original sculpture i create silicone molds and cast the parts in a custom resin mix, I then joint and drill my parts hollow and string with very heavy elastic (my figures are completely poseable) I then sand down the seams then i use ground up pastels to paint on the makeups, the wig is made of synthetic mohair and the eyes are handmade silicone.
This was a drawing that I was paid to do. All the person asked me was it to be of Marilyn Monroe and that it didn't matter how I drew her, as long as her lips were red. So, this is the result! I'm happy to say that he was very pleased with it. I decided to do this portrait on gray paper because I thought by using the white highlights, it would show the classic beauty of Marilyn. I used prismacolor colored pencils on the lips using 3 shades of red and then using graphite pencil to bring out the darks. The rest of the portrait was done using graphite pencil and white charcoal.
Part of the Star Wars Mythos line of statues from Sideshow Collectibles[link]
This 1:5 scale statue was sculpted nearly two nears ago, now. Designed by Joe Allard and Tom Gilliland, this piece is meant to represent Obi-Wan in the years before "A New Hope", but after "Revenge of the Sith". This gave us an opportunity to imagine the life of Kenobi as he became the reclusive, mystical figure of Tatooine.
It also allowed us to have fun imagining both Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness as the character, but at different ages than we have seen them in the films.
The statue was sculpted in castiline and wax, with a sculpey base. Some of the lightsabers were sculpted by hand, and Tusken Raider weapons were output from digial models (which is why they look clear).
The most beautiful face on the planet - Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 "Cleopatra".
This was meant to be a quick sketch to accompany my recent auction of my 11 1/2 inch repainted Cleopatra doll. Unfortunately, it never made it to the auction. And the sketch turned out to be a little more detailed than I had planned. Just me getting carried away.