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Elvis Presley needs no introduction - the icon that he is. This doll was commisioned by an avid Elvis fan and collector of celebrity dolls.
The base doll used was a 16-inch Twilight Edward Cullen doll produced by Robert Tonner Co.
The sculpt suprisingly bore a striking similarity to Elvis's. So, I proceeded to completely remove factory facial paint. The doll underwent extensive hair styling to replicate Elvis's during the early days of his career. I hand painted his hairline to give it a more natural appearance. Doll also received molded sideburns which were then hand painted. The doll's original hair color was dark brown, so I had to hand dye his hair to a verydark brunette, almost black.
Facial features were then carefully hand painted to capture Elvis's expression and slight smirk.
The inset photo in the bottom middle shows the mass produced version of the base doll as it was originally released.
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, while paying attention to proper scale.
-- acrylic paint and ultra fine brushes
(Note: I am not in any way affiliated with the Tonner Doll company)