I hope you've enjoyed my presentation of doll genealogy! R.
This is my final post comparing Effner sculpts (having run through all the sculpts that Ashton-Drake has used.) These two dolls use the "Nicole" sculpt.
On the left is a porcelain Nicole, painted by me and on the right is a vinyl Ashton-Drake Alice-in-Wonderland, repainted by me. Both utilize resin ball-jointed Tenner bodies.
Alice has the smallest head of all the Ashton-Drake dolls .... and Nicole has a relatively large head, so they look a tad odd together.
I hope you've enjoyed my presentation of doll genealogy! R.
Here are two dolls that use the "Little Darling 2" sculpt.
On the left is the vinyl Ashton-Drake "Tiny Fancy Shawl Dancer" and on the right a porcelain head, both painted by me. The porcelain head is on a resin ball jointed Tenner body (and just in case you are wondering - no, this wonderful Boneka Korean outfit doesn't really fit the Tenner body, but is close enough to still make a nice photo, I think!) (As always, click on the photo to enlarge.)
And in case you keep track of these things (but no, I don't expect you to!) this is the first portrait of Yuan since I improved the shape of her lips .... much better!! R.
Here are three dolls that use the "Allison" sculpt.
In the center is a porcelain head, painted by me and the two flanking dolls are vinyl Ashton-Drake dolls, re-painted by me. On the left, "Walk for a Cure II" and on the right "Little Jingle Dancer", both with their A-D upper torsos and arms on Tenner lower torso. Alison, in the center has an entire resin ball jointed Tenner body.
Here are two dolls that use the "Madeline" sculpt.
On the left is a re-painted-by-me vinyl Ashton-Drake "Walk for a Cure" and on the right is a porcelain head, painted by me.
Here are Ashton-Drake promotional photos of prototypes of two of their dolls that use the "Madeline" sculpt. I believe there is a more recent Princess doll that also uses this sculpt.
Both these dolls utilize the resin ball jointed Tenner body - Brigitte (my name for the Walk for the Cure doll) retains her vinyl arms and upper torso. R.
Here are two dolls that use the "Jenny I" sculpt.
On the left is a porcelain doll called "Little Playmate" that was painted overseas, made for the 2004 UFDC convention. On the right is a vinyl head from the Ashton-Drake "MaryMary" doll, repainted by me.
Here is a copy of the promotional photo by Ashton-Drake of the prototype doll.
Little Playmate is a cloth-body doll with porcelain extremities. My MaryMary has her vinyl upper torso and arms on a resin ball-jointed Tenner lower torso and legs. R.
Continuing my presentation of Effner cousins, here are two dolls that use the "Bridget" face sculpt.
On the left is the head from the vinyl Ashton-Drake "Little Red Riding Hood" (repainted by me with air-dried paints way back when I started learning to paint!) and on the right is a porcelain head used with a 2007 special edition called "Little Miss Liberty Bell" (painted with porcelain paints by members of Dianna's Doll Dreamers Guild).
Here is a copy of an Ashton-Drake promo photo showing the prototype face-up on the vinyl dolls (which, as we all know, was not the same as the actual marketed dolls.)
My Red has her vinyl Ashton-Drake head, arms and upper torso on a resin ball-jointed Tenner lower torso and legs. Miss Liberty Belle is an entire porcelain body (hence a little taller than my Ann Estelle based chimeras.)
"Bridget" is a tricky sculpt to paint well, in my opinion (but no, I haven't tried it in porcelain). She can easily get an unattractive supercilious look .... R.
I have repainted Kylie. Like Liat/Lianne of a few posts back, Kylie is a sculpt by Michelle Severino for her short-lived Forever Friendz line of dolls. (And Sudha [whose FF name I forget] is the third doll in the line.)
This meant painting over her inset eyes. More importantly, it meant fixing the greenish tint of her vinyl complexion ......
Hard to show well in photos, but take if from me, she was definitely green! It was even remarked upon by a visitor to Joe Pye Towers - "Why is that one green???" It took me two false starts with airbrushing on color to cover the green tint, while still not making her too dark, but I'm satisfied with the third try. (The "trick" was to add "purple madder" to the "fawn" paint that I can usually get away with using for a flesh tint.)
Kylie has always had a sweet personality, so I'm really happy that now she has recovered from her bout of the greens!!! R.
(Hey Pup - I think you're supposed to jump over the rope, not sit on it!!!)
Here is a copy of an Ashton-Drake promo photo for the vinyl Goldilocks doll, showing the prototype face-up.
Just today I've been having an enjoyable, light "discussion" about the inheritance of recognizable facial features with a new genealogy friend (she says I have the "Farris" look!) (I say that we at least share a fascination with what makes one face look the same, or different, as another face.)
So it is a nice coincidence that I finished repainting a vinyl Ashton-Drake Effner "Goldie" and wanted to photograph her together with her porcelain relative, Effner's Jenny II (aka Bedtime Jenny and/or Smiling Jenny). I've been meaning to do this with all the pairs of vinyl and porcelain sculpts, so this will be the start? R.
I continue my forays into face-lifts! Here is my repaint of Effner's Wednesday's Child, aka Allison. When I purchased this doll, her head was finished with fired-on porcelain paints. Poor dolly - she looked like she had an extremely painful sunburn! I've been told that blush coloring is hard to do with porcelain paints because the most intuitive out-of-the-tube colors tend to darken to very orange shades upon firing. I'm guessing that is what happened to Allison. So way back before I learned Dianna's method of water-color style application of air-dried acrylics, I tried over-painting this head with non-diluted, "thick" acrylics .... and that wasn't much better than the sun-burn look!
So this week I took off all that old acrylic paint and I airbrushed Alison's (around here she has one "L" in her name) complexion with a relatively neutral "white" color, to cover the red. Then I built back a more natural flesh color in the "normal" way (sponging on several layers of diluted flesh color.) All in all, it made for a slightly more flat, "made-up" look than my other porcelain paint jobs and she still has "high" color ..... but certainly not a painful sunburn anymore!!
I've also been studying what it was that was bothering me about a number of the dolls I've done and decided that the biggest problem was that I tend to paint the color on the lower lip too narrow - and it was giving a lot of the dolls a slightly puckered, prune-ish (or prudish?) look. So, while I had lip color mixed for the current batch on "new" heads that I'm doing, I tried re-working some lower lips ......
I do think it makes an improvement!! (And with Nina, on the left, I also lightened up the shadow area between her lips - much better!) (Click on photos to enlarge.) It still amazes me how these faces change with just a really tiny bit of paint on or off!! One really, REALLY has to know when to "stop!" while painting, instead of going beyond what works right/best ..... Anyway, I re-did about five other dolls too, but since they are lounging around sans clothes and sans wigs, I decided to not bombard you with pictures of all of them right now! R.
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