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Doll Repaint - Keira Knightley

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By noeling   |   
Published: January 26, 2008
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This celebrity doll repaint was inspired by the delicately distinctive beauty of British actress Keira Knightley.

I used a 16-inch Elizabeth Swann doll here produced by Robert Tonner Doll company - a finely made facial sculpt but the facial paint was something I found quite unsatisfactory and which I felt did not really reflect the character portrayed by Keira nor captured her likeness.

So, I completely removed factory facial painting and hand painted it to bring the likeness of Ms. Knightley to life. The doll's hair has been partially rerooted with additional hair as some of the areas were sparsely rooted. Then I gave her hair a soft perm for just some very subtle waves.

The top right inset photo shows the doll as it looked originally before repainting.

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 . 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
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JDBurtonite's avatar
I love this! I am curios, are you selling any of your beautiful Keira Knightley/ Elizabeth Swann dolls? I would love to buy one from you :)
Jessycat999's avatar
Wauw amazing, your version looks better than the original Keira doll. I love your work. ^.^
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LittleMissGloomyHobbyist Traditional Artist
The original looks nothing like her but your repaint looks really really really similar!!
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MarclineVampireHobbyist General Artist
I want that doll sooo bad... Lolz
sabriiel's avatar
sabriielHobbyist General Artist
you did a great repaint!!! it looks so much more like Keira.
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ryusparrowHobbyist Traditional Artist
You have a great talent, that's amazing, incredible, so marvellous....
redshirttom's avatar
LOOK SO REAL AND BEAUTIFUL.RESPECTFULLY TOM
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=D
annaisjesus's avatar
Your version of Keira is so much prettier than the real life version
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JamesMarsanoProfessional Digital Artist
wow!
BermudaHighway's avatar
I'm glad that you captured her trademark pout and refined her nose. I'd love to see a doll of Keira as Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice! I love her with dark hair and those smoky eyes, sooo gorgeous in that film.

I think people on Ebay should see the before-and-after as well as those on dA. Seeing them side by side, it's even more obvious just how incomparable your repaints are to the factory versions.
chu-CuNnY-chu's avatar
Amazing..
Yap..she's really Keira! XD
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Moonstar4183Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Browsing dolls on here, I came across this and at first I thought it was a photograph of her... WOW....
CloudZlight's avatar
Ever time i look at one of your repainted dolls i am just amazed! Every time! They always have such a striking resemblance of the person your painting!
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foreverstrangeHobbyist General Artist
Her new nose makes me smile.
It's perfect. She's perfect.
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baiexa-btrflyHobbyist Traditional Artist
You continue to amaze me! It's beautiful, once more, great work! :)
AllDolls's avatar
WOW i didnt realise this was a doll at first. Its absolutely stunning
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Celestial4everProfessional Filmographer
That is amazing! :O
fiaspice's avatar
fiaspiceProfessional General Artist
I'm really impressed here. From the tumbnail view I tought this pas a real portrait of someone.
episilon's avatar
ı hate dolls faces
real faces are perfect
ı dont like perfect beauty
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KatisMrsLovettProfessional Filmographer
the eyes and lips are perfect!

seriously....
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MaliciousInnuendoHobbyist Traditional Artist
Personally, I think she looks like Rachel Weisz.
mistythemistic's avatar
Gorgeous. You are very talented. I saw your gallery link on Neatorama. Your work astounds me.
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