Work In Progress- MH Repaint Lagoona to Lalaloopsy
Yeee! An update on my latest doll repaint, with lots of work in progress photos.
I recently acquired a Lalaloopsy Furry Grrs-Alot Girl doll (the more "teenage" version of the line) after falling in love with her character many years ago. I also have a mini version of her "kid" doll. The doll shown below is mine, yes, she is unboxed, missing a belt and some accessories, and I don't care, I love her to pieces...
Because I love her style so very much, I wanted to do a recreation/homage to her with a Monster High repaint. So, I dug through my art doll box and decided on a Lagoona Blue doll for a base. Her sculpt has a nice, round face, pouty lips, and generous eyes. Given how little detail Lalaloopsy dolls have in their faces, I have a lot of decisions to make about how I want her new face to look. So while that brainstorming is happening, I start working on her outfit first.
Some things of note:
*I have been challenging myself to only use supplies that I already have in the studio. For one thing, I need to pare all this stuff down. For another, my income is not what it used to be. Third, I really shouldn't be out browsing fabric and craft supply stores right now. And if I really need something I can't use a substitute for (ie Mr. Super Clear sealant or epoxy glue) then I can order it online and have it sent to my house, which makes the impulse buying almost nonexistent. Less fun, but practical, and if I take it as a challenge then I don't even flinch.
*I used to do a sketch mock-up of each doll before creating her. After a few rounds of that, I realized they never turn out looking like their sketches. This irks me, as I use those little sketches as part of their Certificate of Authenticity art, and the discontinuity is uncalled for. To quell my frustrations on this seemingly insignificant matter, I have begun sketching a portion of the way through the doll creation process, to get a closer version of the finished doll.
See, at this point I still am not set on her face and how it should look. But whatever, we will get there. For now, the outfit!
Originally, I figured I'd just make a fitted version of her original outfit. But I didn't have any stretchy black and white stripe fabric, and I knew I couldn't paint any to look crisp enough. I *do* have some striped ribbon, though. Same thing for the bodysuit I ended up deciding on- sort of a Lady Gaga-esque 80's leotard in bright pink. YEAH. That will go nicely with her ridiculous blue fur boots (which are taken from the "kid" version of the doll).
But I don't have *quite* enough of the specific magenta sparkly fabric I would need. How sad- we are talking like 6" sq. of fabric. SO I rework my design by pawing around my fabric box and the doll clothes I do have in the appropriate colors, make a pile of those, and mix, match, measure, and mince until I FINALLY come up with something...
As of this posting, I have made a bit more progress on her hat, boots, and other additions to her outfit...and next I will tackle her face and hair, so expect a second progress blog of this doll before the final reveal. Thank you so much for reading :) Once the second part of this post is up, I will add a link at the bottom for future readers.