3.23.2015

Extra: Some of the guys get a face enhancement

I wasn't 100%  satisfied with the faceup of some of the guys, so I checked all the available internet resources  and found out I had just what I needed:
Caran D'Ache Prismalo Aquarelle Pencils! In fact I have a huge box I used for coloring some of my drawings some time ago.



By the way a sample of my drawings (these are illustrations for a short novel I wrote a couple of years ago for my nephews):

       

so, I picked the colours I needed, sharpened the pencils and with patience started working on the guys.


I damped the tip of the pencil with mi tongue, ok, this is not ladylike, but I did it anyway and these are the results:




Goffredo has got his new mustaches



Enrico had such a bland coloring, now with his new lips I think he's really handsome


Armando got mustaches and lip enhancement



Giacomo has got freckles!!!

As with hair styling I limit myself to little touches, just to have the dolls look exactly how I envisioned them when I bought them.

What do you think?

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    1. Thank you KMQ, I was so thrilled I had to share them immediately!

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  2. Billa, your illustrations are quite charming. Have you done anything else with this talent (children's book illustration)? (I ask because I was a fashion illustrator in another life.) Your use of watercolor pencils is intriguing. Does this mean you can remove it should you desire, or will it stain? I tried to redo a doll's lipstick using nail polish with less than appealing results. I like the effect of the pink lips on Enrico. The freckles are adorable on Giacomo, too!

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    1. Thank you April! I always liked to draw, at times I helped as illustrator (a hundreds years ago) for some underground publications, but it is just a passtime. Children's illustration is something I made as a game for my nephews.
      I don't know if this kind of paint is removable. Actually I was looking for something permanent so I really don't know. It has been a couple of weeks since I made the repaints and it looks pretty stable, no change in colours or exfoliation.
      Depending on the kind of colour of the pencil you cand get glittering or opaque effect.
      I know that aquarel pencils are used to do repaints on resin dolls, I'll let you know if I notice some changes or degratation!
      Giacomo is super sweet now!
      Kisses Billa

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    2. Acrylic paint works pretty well for repaints. The trick is getting it to the right consistency. I've been using the thick Liquitex paints with limited success, and I am going to try the craft quality, since it's more fluid. I used to be worried about color fading, but I painted a table with cheap paints in 2000, and it's holding up beautifully.

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    3. Hi Sarah, thanks for sharing! I didn't try acrilics as I'm really bad with brushes. I look forward for your repaints (i checked your reroots and they are amazing!)
      Kisses Billa

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  3. Que chicos sus más guapos si me encanta el penoso, besosss

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    1. Thank you Carmen! Ain't them the cutest thing?

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  4. I'm totally digging those freckles!

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  5. The freckles! So cute!! Nice work. <3

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    1. Thank you Sarah, he was in need of freckles, badly!

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  6. Hello from Spain: you paint very well. Your work is fabulous. Your boys are very handsome. Keep in touch

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  7. Hi Billa, your illustrations are lovely! The make-overs are a success, I especially love the freckles :-). Did you make the colour pencils wet? To fix the colors, you can use varnish for acrylic paints (matte or glossy). I use the brand "Galeria" and it's very good. Your boys look even more handsome now then before, great job done! Hugs xxx

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    1. Thank you Linda! I did make the pencils wet, and I'm going to look for the varnish (matte) you suggested, thanks for the advice!
      Kisses Billa

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  8. You have some nice dolls. We don't get these in South Africa.

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    1. To be honest we don't get them in Italy either. I bought nearly all my IT dolls on e-bay, I think they are really beautiful

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