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aneemal
November 22nd, 2016, 03:45 PM
This poor doll has been waiting almost a year to be completed... and she's still not quite there, yet! O_O

But, I thought I'd share some progress photos, as I finished painting her face last night. I'll still add a little gloss and seal, but I wanted to check the work I did in natural daylight, because painting by artificial light can really affect the overall result.

I'm pretty happy with how she is turning out, because it's quite close to the original plan:

https://c8.staticflickr.com/2/1674/24376165335_361acf2713_n.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/D93dGF)
The plan (https://flic.kr/p/D93dGF) by Amal (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aneemal/), on Flickr

I started painting her in the spring:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/2/1556/25350017344_77e1712d73.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/EC6sYy)
Button nose... (https://flic.kr/p/EC6sYy) by Amal (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aneemal/), on Flickr

And this is where we are today:

https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5690/31174659375_fa3027c43d.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/PuNh8a)
Nova ...one year later! (https://flic.kr/p/PuNh8a) by Amal (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aneemal/), on Flickr

I made her wig, but it needs tidying up and I have yet to paint her eyes. Hopefully, sooner than next year, lol! :O

https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5500/31139380476_b94ed3b7d6.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/PrFsWh)
Nova ...in progress (https://flic.kr/p/PrFsWh) by Amal (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aneemal/), on Flickr

Would love to hear your feedback! <3

skulptress9
November 22nd, 2016, 05:34 PM
Wow, she is just beautiful!! Love her.

Nada
November 22nd, 2016, 07:48 PM
Wonderful!

Anna
November 22nd, 2016, 10:40 PM
She is gorgeous! I love your preliminary sketch and yes you are spot on. Did you use an airbrush? Her lashes are so perfect. She is gorgeous and am very looking forward to seeing her eyes. <3

UrsiSarna
November 23rd, 2016, 12:53 AM
I saw her on your flickr, I love her!

Galacticat
November 23rd, 2016, 01:33 AM
She looks so perfect- I look forward to seeing her with eyes :D

Leadinglady
November 23rd, 2016, 11:57 AM
She's perfect Amal. You are very talented.

merrijane
November 23rd, 2016, 12:10 PM
I'm so happy to see you finishing her Amal! She looks amazing...I can't wait to see her painted eyes! <3

aneemal
November 23rd, 2016, 08:00 PM
Wow, she is just beautiful!! Love her.
Thank you, skulptress9! I'm glad you like her! ^_^


Wonderful!
Thanks, Nada!!


She is gorgeous! I love your preliminary sketch and yes you are spot on. Did you use an airbrush? Her lashes are so perfect. She is gorgeous and am very looking forward to seeing her eyes.
Aha, no, no airbrush, but for blushing and blending I use a small sponge makeup applicator just like this:
http://thumbs3.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mB1xrflkz4nwIDhQe5kZ6dw.jpg
I've found it works so much better with pastels than a brush, or cotton bud!


I saw her on your flickr, I love her!
Thank, Ursi! I'm so glad to hear you like her so far!


She looks so perfect- I look forward to seeing her with eyes :D
Thank you!! I'm hoping to do the eyes very soon... she's so close now, to being completed, that I don't want to hang about any longer! :D


She's perfect Amal. You are very talented.
Thank you, Leadinglady, that's very kind of you! You've done great things with both Arbella and Daria's faces! Lovely painting - Arbella's eyes are luminous! <3


I'm so happy to see you finishing her Amal! She looks amazing...I can't wait to see her painted eyes!
Yay, thanks merrijane! I'm going to see to it, asap!! More photos soon, hopefully! :)

Bibarina
November 23rd, 2016, 09:48 PM
Amal you have surpassed yourself!! She looks utterly amazing and I can't wait to see her finished. I especially love the subtlety of her freckles- and she has so much character already!! <3

Petraskova
November 23rd, 2016, 11:42 PM
Your plan for Nova is so pretty! Looking forward to her completion! I love her freckles!

Anna
November 23rd, 2016, 11:46 PM
Thank you kindly for sharing your method and how to tips Amal, that is so generous of you. I am so looking forward to her eyes!

jilljackson
November 23rd, 2016, 11:49 PM
She really is lovely, Amal. Love the light freckles & the wig is really becoming to her. You've done an amazing job.

aneemal
November 30th, 2016, 09:39 PM
Bibarina, Petraskova, Anna and jilljackson thank you so much for your kind words, my friends! <3 I'm really glad that she worked out - eventually! I was worried about the freckles - some faceup artists have mastered such amazing skin texture effects and I don't know how they do it! - but luckily they turned out 'just enough'! I enjoyed making the short wig too! I want to make more wigs... my poor Neia is currently bald :O

I've made some eyes... I'll probably make some more at a later date, but these will have to do for now! I can't bear the thought of taking them out and fitting another pair - it's just toooooooo blooming tricky!! :Urgh:

https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5572/31129108282_dab07f04db.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/PqLPnu)
Peekaboo! ○.○ (https://flic.kr/p/PqLPnu) by Amal (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aneemal/), on Flickr

And now, finally, here is Novalie with some eyes!

https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5667/31304385916_f47900a35b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/PGgaiE)
Novalie! With peepers! (https://flic.kr/p/PGgaiE) by Amal (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aneemal/), on Flickr

Now I look forward to sorting out her residence (a display case on my desk) and getting her into some clothes :D

Hope you like how she turned out!! <3:)

dollcat
November 30th, 2016, 10:07 PM
Her eyes look alive - a beauty for sure. I don't see any reason at all to redo them . . . she's perfect just the way she is:) Thanks for posting pics!!

Anna
November 30th, 2016, 10:22 PM
She is beautiful! I love her eyes, she is stunning! Well done I just love her! Thank you for pictures! You have an awesome talent, her eyes are perfect! <3

Leadinglady
November 30th, 2016, 10:57 PM
Her eyes are beautiful - such a reflective tranquil gaze. It's not easy to get the spacing and direction to look natural. I think it's because the eye rims are quite deep. I'm tempted to experiment with new eyes for Arbella but I'm not sure I can face the trauma of trying to refit them!

merrijane
December 1st, 2016, 01:19 AM
Love how she turned out! Her eyes are perfect! <3

Galacticat
December 1st, 2016, 09:12 PM
She looks gorgeous!

Grevling
December 17th, 2016, 07:29 PM
Dearest Amal, so lovely and interestin to see your process.
I adore that drawing of her btw <3