So, this is my very first monster high repaint. I have always loved drawing eyes, so when I saw youtube artists repainting monster high dolls, I knew I just had to try it out myself.
I went onto eBay and picked up some second hand monster high dolls. I decided to start with dolls in natural skin tones.
Step 1: Removing the original artwork
Before we can paint a new face, we need to remove the old one. You can use nail polish remover or pure acetone. Acetone is a lot quicker, but more corrosive so you need quick handling.
Step 2: Mr. Super Clear to prep the doll’s surface
Now your dolls face has been removed you need to prep the surface. Mr. Super Clear (Matt) is what most youtubers use for doll repaints, so I picked up a can from an eBay art store. When using Mr. Super Clear you should spray it outside and a few inches away from the doll to get a smooth surface – and wear a mask to avoid inhaling the toxins.
You only need to spray the dolls face for roughly 3 seconds. Once done, leave your doll to dry for 30 minutes.
Step 3: Drawing on your doll
Now the fun part begins. Drawing the eyes and features of your doll.
I started with a light colours to first define the outer edges of the eyes. Then I slowly worked in the iris colour, building up the different colour tones gradually.
Different artists use different materials for the repaint. I’m using water coloured pencils and soft pastels (for shading/colour blending).
A handy tip is to respray Mr. Super Clear to layer your artwork where required. For example after you have drawn the outline, after you have completed shading, after you have darkened the outlines etc. The sealant allows you to build on top of the base colours and strengthen the depth. For me, this is great! simply because can fix up mistakes easily. Each time you spray, Mr. Super Clear provides a new layer for you to draw on and everything below that layer is locked. Similar to photoshop, if you use layers its awesome!
The above picture is the first layer, below is the second layer.
Here is the third layer.
Completing the finishing touches. I wanted to keep it simple, so I haven’t created any intricate details. I also used white acrylic paint to bring out the reflection in her eyes and coated her eyes & lips with a clear glaze.
Overall, I am really happy with my first attempt. I’m no pro, but it goes to show anyone can do it. It’s way easier then I thought it would be especially since the doll has all the facial structures for you to follow. This makes it way easier then drawing on a flat surface and trying to create depth.