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Doll repaint - Tia Dalma
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Published: September 25, 2009
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Clearly, one of the more interesting characters from Pirates of the Caribbean, Naomie Harris brings color to her portrayal the imprisoned soul, Tia Dalma

This is the first time I recreate Tia Dalma's likeness in a doll. I use a 16-inch Tonner doll for this recreation.

As with all my creations, I completely strip the original factory paint on each of the dolls, and completely repaint the facial features in, paying attention to accuracy of likeness and lifelike expressions. The doll also underwent extensive hair restyling - each dreadlock has been carefully created to match the character's. The inset photo shows the doll before customizaton.

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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LEElyaProfessional Photographer
Yes, that's pretty cool.
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AlbaharuStudent Digital Artist
when this was the little pic i though it was just a big picture of the actress and the little one the doll for comparision
and omg, its exactly like her, amazing work!!
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fab37Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work !!! :)
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Now she is beautiful :clap:
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UtaleashaStudent General Artist
there goes
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SolkattHobbyist Digital Artist
This almost creeps me out, the eyes looks like they are on a real person, how in the world do you manage that on a tiny doll? :faint:
Amazing work!
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You could easily use this doll and make Rihanna.
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EXQUISITE DETAILS !! LOVE THIS !! I do re-paints for friends and it's such a wonderful feeling when the doll finally becomes the actor/actress it was "supposed" to be :) 
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This reminds me of the character Nyx from Infamous 2!
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MorigalaxyProfessional Digital Artist
this is so cool.
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Such a dramatic improvement!
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popnicuteProfessional General Artist
How did you even manage to recreate her dreads? That's impressive! Great repainting job!
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jlyversHobbyist General Artist
very well done!!!
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KahstleHobbyist General Artist
I'm thinking that you should be hired by these doll makers because your skill is incomperable!
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Wow! So many details! I love it.
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RS-KyraStudent Photographer
You make the original design look like it wasn't even trying :rofl:
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Sasha1031Hobbyist Artist
You are amazing ,and I bow down to your infinite talent!!!!
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CaveLupaHobbyist General Artist
She is a pretty fascinating character and after having browsing some of your work, I must say, this doll is my favourite so far. I wonder how long it takes you to create such wonderful work
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