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.
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.
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.