Posted by: dollpaparazzi | February 13, 2012

Customizer Spotlite Part II: Pinktezka

Do you paint/alter other types of dolls, and if so, how does that compare with working on BJDs? If you do other types of art (drawing, painting, etc) does that influence your faceup style?
I also customise Hujoo, Monster High and Blythe dolls. I would have to say that Blythe is hardest to do, I think there is much more work involved. I haven’t done it for a while, but it would be fun to revisit it, now that I have a bit better skill

Have you ever refused a commission? Why? Or if not, can you think of a circumstance where you might?
I would not copy other artists work, I always let customers know, that I will only paint in my stile. I would refuse to take a job if I already had a bad experience with this person.


Is there something that is still difficult for you to do? What is the most difficult?

Eyebrows, I do find it a bit difficult to do eyebrows. Also I try to avoid applying eyelashes, because I have a shaky hands.


How important is customer feedback to your creative process?

I like receiving feedback.I enjoy make people happy 🙂

Is there a mold, doll, or company that you prefer to work on?
I love working with Soom monthly dolls, Iplehouse and Fairyland dolls.

Do you prefer working on male or female dolls? Why? I don’t have a preference

What is your background? Have you had any special schooling (art school, sculpture, painting, etc)?

I use to go to art lessons after school, I also studied in university on interior designer course.


When you were a child did you ever work on dolls or create with similar things?

Not really. I only had a couple of dolls as a child. and they was to precious to me to paint they faces.I did some sculpting thou.

Do you have any other interests that might have helped you in your development of customizing ABJD (like customizing other dolls, action figures, etc)? Please tell us about them.
About 5 years ago I created some plush animals. They had plush bodies and faces and poos sculpted out of clay. They were called LiAna’s Pets

Do you have any other interests? Collections?
I don’t have any other collections but I do enjoy decorating cakes, sewing dolls clothes and photography.

What factors do you consider before giving a doll its make-up so it will have the expression you want?
I try to understand better what my client want.


Are there any painting techniques that can make a face look more masculine or feminine?

With me its all about colour and lines.

How long does it usually take to do a face-up (or custom alteration job)?
It usually take me about 8 – 9 hours, I do a loads of layers, and it take time for sealant to dry.

Can you offer any helpful hints to the amateur face-up artists? Can you recommend a list of supplies including colors, paints & pastels etc?
Don’t be lazy, if you work with pastels work in layers and always use proper art materials like Liquitex acrylic, and good thinner.

How long have you been doing face-ups/customizing BJDs?
Not long, I only started in 2010.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share for people that want to learn how to do what you do or just want to improve? Something that’s helped you a lot or something that you think is important to know when doing a successful customization/face-up?
Just be patient and practise, practice, practice. Also its much easier to paint eyebrows if you turn head up side down. 🙂

Thanks, Pinktezka, for the interview!

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