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My Arwen, Aragorn/Strider and Legolas
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The Shire

Nov 7 2010, 12:05am

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My Arwen, Aragorn/Strider and Legolas Can't Post

I completely remove the factory paint from the doll and then repaint the face to more closely resemble the actor that the doll was supposed to portray.
I discovered this art form in January of 2010 and have been doing it ever since!
Thanks for looking!


Richie Rich

Nov 7 2010, 12:22am

Post #2 of 28 (3221 views)
Incredible [In reply to] Can't Post

Wow...just...wow. They look absolutely amazing!

Well done!

The Shire

Nov 7 2010, 12:40am

Post #3 of 28 (3182 views)
Thank you RR! [In reply to] Can't Post

I really enjoy doing portraits at this tiny scale! It's quite a challenge.

Richie Rich

Nov 7 2010, 12:43am

Post #4 of 28 (3196 views)
I just can't believe... [In reply to] Can't Post

...how much detail you're able to put into them! Arwen's soft and perfect features, the detail of Aragorn, and Legolas's complete transformation is jaw dropping.

The Shire

Nov 7 2010, 12:55am

Post #5 of 28 (3215 views)
WOW! Thank you again! [In reply to] Can't Post

The Legolas was from a Will Turner doll from POTC, so he was a complete do-over. I posted a few more pix of his OOAK outfit and equipment.


(This post was edited by my_immortals on Nov 7 2010, 12:56am)


Nov 7 2010, 3:08am

Post #6 of 28 (3198 views)
WOW!!!!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Arwen is PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!Shocked These are GREAT! You have a gift, totally! Totally blew me away.

What kind of dolls are these? Barbies?

Have you thought about reselling these? It's great!

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Nov 7 2010, 3:11am

Post #7 of 28 (3167 views)
Beautiful! [In reply to] Can't Post

Your attention to detail is impressive. Those dolls are a joy to look at - very realistic and amazingly well done.

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Wraith Buster

Nov 7 2010, 3:14am

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Totally awesome!!! Great job! // [In reply to] Can't Post


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The Shire

Nov 7 2010, 3:54am

Post #9 of 28 (3192 views)
Hey Gimli'sBox... Thanks a lot! These are Tonner 15" female and 17 " male character dolls. [In reply to] Can't Post

I do sell these occasionally on ebay and by commission. My OOAK Legolas is on eBay right now.

The Shire

Nov 7 2010, 3:56am

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Thanks so much Altaire! The welcome is much appreciated!! [In reply to] Can't Post


(This post was edited by my_immortals on Nov 7 2010, 4:02am)

The Shire

Nov 7 2010, 3:59am

Post #11 of 28 (3202 views)
LOVE your user ID, Wraith Buster!! Thank you so much! [In reply to] Can't Post


(This post was edited by my_immortals on Nov 7 2010, 4:00am)

The Shire

Nov 7 2010, 11:01am

Post #12 of 28 (3180 views)
THAT, [In reply to] Can't Post

is a special sort of passion you've got there!!! I dig!!!

The Shire

Nov 7 2010, 1:36pm

Post #13 of 28 (3156 views)
Hey there! [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, yes it is. Kinda takes up all of my free time, but it's great to have these little humans looking at me around the house.

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Tol Eressea

Nov 7 2010, 2:20pm

Post #14 of 28 (3160 views)
Are you the doll painter on dA? [In reply to] Can't Post

I cannot tell for sure, but noeling there does the same thing. It's great to see such pieces come through my tolkien group there.

Whether you are or not, your re-paintings look simply fantastic! What a wonderful art form.

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The Shire

Nov 7 2010, 2:59pm

Post #15 of 28 (3198 views)
No, but that's a fine compliment to think that I am!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Noeling is my idol in this field. He is the first repainter I came across when I started this art form and I said to myself "that's what I want to do!"
He's been doing it for 10 years and I just started in January of 2010.
So thanks again.


Nov 7 2010, 8:15pm

Post #16 of 28 (3135 views)
Wow!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Amazing! I love the detail you put into them all. They all look so much like the characteres, especially Arwen. Good job!! Can't wait to see more :)

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The Shire

Nov 7 2010, 8:27pm

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Thanks Anorian! [In reply to] Can't Post


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The Shire

Nov 8 2010, 2:28am

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wow! [In reply to] Can't Post

you're gifted! amazing work you did on those dolls.

congratulations my friend!Wink

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The Shire

Nov 8 2010, 2:35am

Post #19 of 28 (3150 views)
Thank you Isildur for your kind words! It's a wonderful hobby! [In reply to] Can't Post


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Tol Eressea

Nov 8 2010, 4:30pm

Post #20 of 28 (3175 views)
Superb job.... [In reply to] Can't Post

I especially like how you converted the Will Turner doll into Legolas! Did you make the costume, too?

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The Shire

Nov 8 2010, 5:29pm

Post #21 of 28 (3206 views)
Thank you Idril and yes! [In reply to] Can't Post

I made the costume, vambraces, quiver, belting and buckles while my hubby made the arrows (with real yellow and brown feather fletches), the twin blades and his bow.

There's a url in one of my earlier posts (which for some reason, I cant make into a link) to a full picture of him.

(This post was edited by my_immortals on Nov 8 2010, 5:35pm)

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Nov 10 2010, 2:32am

Post #22 of 28 (3109 views)
Wow, just... WOW... [In reply to] Can't Post

those are really incredible you are just so talented, they look exactly the same as the actors! I really hope we get to see more of these from you!

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The Shire

Nov 10 2010, 5:02am

Post #23 of 28 (3159 views)
Thanks #7! I really enjoy doing these and it's a thrill that others enjoy it as well! [In reply to] Can't Post



Nov 11 2010, 12:32am

Post #24 of 28 (3098 views)
What type of paints? [In reply to] Can't Post

This is really amazing, and I'm trying to figure out what type of paints you use. My guess would be acrylic, but if I'm wrong, I'd love to know what paint you're using to get these results, if you don't mind telling us.



The Shire

Nov 11 2010, 12:50am

Post #25 of 28 (3087 views)
Hi WB! Thank you very much and... [In reply to] Can't Post

you are right. Artist quality acrylics and sealers are what I use.

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