After a long delay I finished taking a used TaeYang and remaking it into Bill Hader’s SNL character Stefon.
Why? Because it brings me joy.
Here’s the before and after on the face.
I wrote about and photographed the process in more details here, February of 2020.
What you’re seeing above is:
- removal of paint and wig
- carving into and sanding the face to change the features/shapes
- opening up the head and inserting new eye chips.
- painting the face (actually drawing chalk pastels and watercolor pencils…I still differentiate dry and wet media work from when I was a drawing, not painting, major)
- creating a custom wig cap and then making a wig out of brushed acrylic yarn
- Sculpting some rings with apoxie sculpt.
Over winter break I was trying to rest my left hand, hoping that buddy-taping and resting my injured finger could heal every thing and I wouldn’t need surgery. Spoiler: it didn’t.
My plan was no knitting, limited sewing, no small dolls (that I’d have to hold in my left hand, only large enough dolls I could rest on a surface while working on….and I made Stefon his iconic shirt because most of that was painting with my dominant hand.
I already had stretch white fabric from making Powerpuff Girl tights. I found the right shade of green fabric in the form of a kid’s tank top at a used clothing shop for 100¥.
After sewing the shirt I used a combination of acrylic paints and ink to make a simplified version of the Ed Hardy shirt Stefon wears. I used a photo of the original shirt for reference. The SLN version has removed the Ed Hardy logo, so I didn’t include it either.
I dressed him in a pair of fake snakeskin pants I already had from another used doll. I may make costume acurate black cargo pants in the future. As the character is behind a desk you only get to see his legs in the wedding finale. I figure the difference between the sort of black pants Stefon WOULD wear and the actual pants he DID wear are inconsequential because most of us are filling in that information in our minds.
The final touch being getting him a pair of boots. I am not ready to start making tiny shoes and boots. I just am not.
And now I have the doll who has everything.