I was recently commissioned by a client to paint a portrait of her doll Kimi. Kimi is very special because she is a “Zombuki” doll, an original handpainted custom doll by Brigitte. These dolls are not mass-produced, they are one-of-a-kind. The client saw the paintings I did of Zombuki sisters Hanami & Ume, and wanted a portrait painted of her Kimi too. It was fun to revisit the Zombuki again. I don’t get a to paint on flat surfaces often, so it was a nice change.
[Kimi The Zombuki, acrylic on canvas, 22 x 26cm]
I always start a painting with sketching what I want on paper first. I wanted to stay within a the style of my previous Zombuki paintings, so I brought up a pic of them while I sketched Kimi. Kimi’s ruffled collar was changed 1/2 way through the painting process, as I thought a tight vertical collar would work better than a big swooshy one. And of course there is the real Kimi below (photo by Brigitte)!
Miss Kimi up-close and personal:
I took a moment to snap a pic of Kimi in progress on the left, and her completed on the right.