Artist Gives Dolls a Realistic Repainting - Creativity Bay
May 31, 2023

Artist Gives Dolls a Realistic Repainting

José Francisco Cerezo Roldan: The Artist Who Brings Realism to Dolls

Dolls have been a beloved toy for generations, captivating the hearts of both children and adults. While most people eventually outgrow their childhood fascination with dolls, some continue to cherish them into adulthood. In recent times, recreating dolls and repainting their faces to achieve a more realistic and detailed appearance has become a popular trend. Spanish artist José Francisco Cerezo Roldan is at the forefront of this trend.

José’s process involves removing the preexisting makeup on the dolls’ faces, and repainting them according to his vision. He takes inspiration from various sources such as celebrities, characters from TV shows, books, and movies. Through his work, the artist seeks to transform the dolls into realistic human-like figures, moving away from the big-eyed cartoonish look with unrealistic proportions.

José’s repainted dolls are a sight to behold, with exquisite detailing and lifelike features. He has gained a reputation for his exceptional artistry and ability to bring a sense of realism to these toys. For those who share his love for dolls, his work is a delightful and unique addition to their collections.

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José is quite popular on Instagram with over 50k followers currently. The artist usually turns the dolls into celebrities or well-known characters from pop culture, movies, and TV shows. He seems to really enjoy pop stars, especially Britney Spears and Beyonce, since we see a lot of dolls resembling them on his page. There are also a lot of renditions of Khaleesi, a character from Game of Thrones. The most popular one is Anne Hathaway’s character White Queen in Alice in Wonderland. José does a really good job at capturing the likeness of people and it’s usually pretty easy to recognize who it is.



Doll artists repaint mass-produced dolls because they are often plain and unrealistic; by adding more detail and realism, they transform them into unique and personalized creations. The process of remaking dolls involves techniques such as threading new hair, designing and sewing clothes, and even sculpting new bodies. While there are numerous videos and tutorials available online, some people find it relaxing to watch the process, making it a popular hobby. Many of these artists sell their revamped dolls and make a living from it.




















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