I have just listed a Gene Marshall repaint and redress on ebay (click HERE to visit the auction) and wanted to show a the before during and after of her.
Here’s what she looked like before I did anything.
I like Gene dolls, but I did get a little tired of the identical face ups. Sometimes I don’t like grey eyebrows either, but maybe that’s just me! I have a couple of Genes that are perfect the way they are IMHO. Like “Dance With Me” in that gorgeous bronzy orange dress and “Breathless”. I love those two! Breathless stands overlooking my sewing machine in my studio as inspiration I mean look at her!
And here’s Dance With Me (It’s a little bronzier in person :o)
Anyway, those two I will not touch!
The doll I’m customizing is unknown to me. I don’t know who she is as I received her nude. The only clue is her number and the pearls in her hair…. But I digress, let’s get to work shall we?!
Here she is with all of her paint and lashes removed:
Her lashes were a little tough to remove carefully. They were a tenacious little buggers :o) In the end perseverance won the day!
I started the painting with the eyes, the irises in particular. Probably everyone starts with the eyes, but some begin with pupils. I use several colours for my irises as peoples’ eyes are all manner of hues contained in a single eye. I paint my pupils in last. I don’t know why. The pupils seem to me to be the mood and personality of the doll. The size of the pupil can change the look of the entire face. This dolls eyes have decided to be mostly green….
I gave her a little light periwinkle eyeshadow to contrast her green eyes. Here’s the palette of colours I used so far. I thought they looked nice together all of these hues. Makes me wish I could design my own fabrics, hmmm…..
I began the defining of the lids and tear ducts etc and some facial shading too. I have also roughed in where I want her eyebrows to be, and no, they will not be grey :o)
Here eyes are beginning toÂ look a little softer and more subtle now. I spend a lot of time blending colours gradually, for a natural sort of look.
Next she received her lips, some defining black eyeliner and some more facial contouring,
I liked the look but something about the vibrancy of her lips bothered me. That coral lip put me in mind of seaside picnics on rugged shorelines in the 50’s, nice, but not what I had in mind for her.
So, I added her eyebrow and matted her lips thinking that I would like them better, and I did, but still it wasn’t really what I was after, so next time maybe….
I removed the lip paint and went to a very pale pink. This new lip colour sets off her eyes better.
Here she is finished as she appears on ebay. I have given her lashes that are thick and dramatic, but not ridiculously long :o)
She has a custom dress, earrings, necklace and shoes all made by me.
Hope you’ve enjoyed her transformation. Please visit her auction to see more
LAINY SEDGEWICK on EBAY
Thanks for reading and have a great day!