Sunday, August 15, 2010
Restoring a repaint
I am the type of person that when I see something, I know immediately whether I want to buy it or not. In this case, it was love at first sight...with the exception that this doll had been repainted. I’m okay with the whole repaint thing, but personally I like Gene just the way she is. Let me repeat: it's just a personal preference and I am not criticizing those who repaint. There are MANY talented artists out there who do a fantastic job with their repaints, making them resemble movie stars or making them entirely new and fascinating characters. Regardless...I love Gene just the way she is. Had it not been for the way cool hairdo (yup, I’m a sucker for a well-done up-do), I would have just sold the doll and kept the outfit. Instead, I decided to try my hand at a "restoration."
The head appeared to be an original Ashton Drake, but the body was the articulated Integrity version. I decided to go back to an original Ashton-Drake face paint as well. This was the first time I really paid attention to the original face paints and learned that there are many tiny differences in color, shape, and location of the paint. Finally, I just dove in. The only thing missing now is a pair of lashes; Antina’s is out of black. Anyone know a good source for a pair of Gene-sized lashes in black?
Here’s a shot of the entire doll, showing all of her accessories as well:
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