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This celebrity doll repaint is my pesonal tribute to the quintessential Superman, Christopher Reeve, who made me believe a man could fly.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of his Superman debut in the 1978 Superman the Movie.
I used an 18-inch Superman doll produced by Robert Tonner Doll company. I t was not however particularly created in the likeness of Christopher Reeve. But then, once I removed the facial factory paint, there he was - Chris Reeve staring back at me.
After I completely removed factory facial painting. I then hand painted it to bring the likeness of Christopher Reeve as the ultimate man of steel.
Also, I wasn't very happy with the factory hairstyle, so I completely made over his hair with heat perm. His signature spit curl was very carefully created. I also sculpted his sideburns and handpainted it to give it a three dimensionality. Finally, his front hairline was also very delicately hand painted to faithfully replicate Reeve's.
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.
-- acrylic paint and ultra fine brushes
(Note: I am not in any way affiliated with the Tonner Doll company