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Author Topic: First Custom, Bee's Frankie Journey  (Read 1156 times)

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First Custom, Bee's Frankie Journey
« on: March 27, 2017, 11:00:47 AM »
I really loved monster high dolls since I first was introduced many years ago, and I was so intrigued by custom painted dolls. I finally decided to dip into the hobby!

Rather than buy a nice doll and try it out and totally mess everything up, I decided to grab this 5-ish dollar Walmart Frankie doll that was simple and cute, and best of all, cheap.




I'll post more of the process soon!
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Re: First Custom, Bee's Frankie Journey
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2017, 05:18:59 PM »
Good idea to use the cheap reboot for practice. Good luck!!!!
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Re: First Custom, Bee's Frankie Journey
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2017, 09:05:40 PM »
Finally home so I can post the process photos!!

I started with removing the factory paint with acetone-free nail polish remover, which worked pretty well!



And these next few are process up to where I am now!!

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Some Colour:









And here is where I am at now!! Just a teeny bit more left to do but this is basically the final look:




Its a big picture dump but I hope you like it!! Lemme know what you think! Definitely a lot learned from this one, a lot of things will be different in the future, but overall I'm pretty happy with her.
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Re: First Custom, Bee's Frankie Journey
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2017, 09:26:28 AM »
Oh my goodness I love her expression!  Those eyebrows are fantastic.
You did an amazing, amazing job on her. :clap:

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Re: First Custom, Bee's Frankie Journey
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2017, 12:10:17 PM »
those brows are on fleek. You are doing soo great !! very cute face :)

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Re: First Custom, Bee's Frankie Journey
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2017, 02:14:14 PM »
She looks amazing! Great expression, beautiful eyes, awesome eyebrows! :clap:

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Re: First Custom, Bee's Frankie Journey
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2017, 05:12:46 PM »
This is your first custom? If it is that is crazy, you are so good! She looks amazing, I love that you kept the eye colors.

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Re: First Custom, Bee's Frankie Journey
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2017, 09:23:33 AM »
WOW amazing work! I couldn't believe this was your first custom! Can't wait to see what else you create!

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Re: First Custom, Bee's Frankie Journey
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2017, 11:42:19 AM »
She looks amazing! Great expression, beautiful eyes, awesome eyebrows! :clap:

HappyCrover, awesome job!!! Love the expressiveness on her face. And her eye highlights, really lovely.

Did you use watercolor pencils and pastels? What did you use for sealant? And, do you have pre-existing arts skills/background that you drew upon for this repaint?

I haven't yet attempted my first repaint, so would love to hear how you, as a first-timer, approached this. So many of the talented modders here have been doing it awhile, and I have been loving absorbing their wisdom and advice, and would appreciate your insights to add to that knowledge!
Thanks,
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Re: First Custom, Bee's Frankie Journey
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2017, 08:40:57 AM »
Bravo!!! Wow, what a talent you have!! Lovely! I agree with others, her expression is so perfect for Frankie!

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Re: First Custom, Bee's Frankie Journey
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2017, 07:47:25 PM »
Oh, too cute! I love her quizzical expression!

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Re: First Custom, Bee\'s Frankie Journey
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2017, 10:13:06 PM »
Just poppin' in to share the very final version photos!





Sorry I only have my phone to take photos, but here she is!!

Thank you all so so much for all your lovely comments. Especially on her expression/eyebrows, haha, which I was actually a bit anxious about! I'm so glad you like it, and it really makes me look forward to my next project!!

Post Merge: April 03, 2017, 10:27:19 PM

She looks amazing! Great expression, beautiful eyes, awesome eyebrows! :clap:

HappyCrover, awesome job!!! Love the expressiveness on her face. And her eye highlights, really lovely.

Did you use watercolor pencils and pastels? What did you use for sealant? And, do you have pre-existing arts skills/background that you drew upon for this repaint?

I haven't yet attempted my first repaint, so would love to hear how you, as a first-timer, approached this. So many of the talented modders here have been doing it awhile, and I have been loving absorbing their wisdom and advice, and would appreciate your insights to add to that knowledge!
Thanks,
Lisa

Hello! Thank you so much!!
Yes, I used watercolor pencils and pastels for the blush areas. I used Mr. Super Clear as a sealant! And I've been drawing pretty much all my life and I had two years as an Illustration major at university. I don't have a lot of experience drawing on a 3D surface actually!

I think the biggest thing before I tackled this one is research, research, research! No knowledge is too much, and there is still so much to learn too. Understanding the materials and how they work is a huge benefit. I found video tutorials and face-up videos the most helpful because you can see how the artists approaches a faceup and get an understanding of how you might want to approach yours. Even studying photos of face-ups, looking closely at how the lines are drawn, and even real faces and understanding facial anatomy can do wonders.

I think the biggest thing is to just go for it. With this Frankie, I just bought her cheap at Walmart to practice. You can study and learn as much as you want, but until you do it for yourself you cant really know how your materials are going to feel! And its okay to make mistakes and decide something didnt work out. I made plenty of those here, but thats how you get better! And I know my next project with be even better, and the next after that, and so on!

Good luck with your first!! Please show me how you do, I'll be so happy to see what you make!
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